Selena Gomez Becomes Emotional, Thanks Her Mom in TCA Speech

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Selena Gomez became overwhelmed with emotion at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The 22-year-old actress, who was presented with the Ultimate Choice Award surfboard by Sarah Hyland and Tyler Posey, teared up during her acceptance speech.

"You guys!" she told the audiences inside the Shrine Theater. "Thank you so much!"

"I have to be honest, especially this month, I cannot thank you guys [enough]," said Gomez, referring to troubles in her personal life, especially her on-again, off-again romance with Justin Bieber. "You remind me amidst all the stuff that we deal with personally, you remind me of what's important. That's giving and loving and caring about each other."

"I'm not trying to preach or any of that, it's just that you guys make me better," said the singer. "I really appreciate everything that you've done."

"There's one thing I want to say—I want to thank my mom so much because she's the greatest human being in the world," Gomez gushed of her mother, Mandy Teefey. "She's strong and she's given up her life for me and she's so beautiful. I want all of you to love your mom and give her everything, because she's incredible."

This [award] is for you, this never belongs to me, this always goes to you," she told the audience. "Thank you for letting me do what I love!"

Gomez posted a photo of her acceptance speech with the caption, "Why do I always make this face?! I can't help but get all emotional and mess up my words but man, I am more in love with you guys than ever. Weather it's tweet or a surfboard. THANK YOU for your embrace. No matter what."

Image via Selena Gomez, Instagram

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