Selena Gomez's Tearful, Emotional Performance Of 'The Heart Wants What It Wants' Will Leave You Sobbing

Are you watching, Justin Bieber?

Selena Gomez opened up in a way that we hadn't really seen before when she debuted her new single, "The Heart Wants What It Wants," which she performed at the 2014 American Music Awards.

All of us have watched her break-up, make-up, break-up make-up cycle with Justin Bieber -- the Jelena roller coaster ride -- long enough to know exactly what Selena is singing about on this gut-wrenching track.

Who hasn't been trapped in a relationship with someone who only hurts and ignores you? Who hasn't felt the pain of loving someone who constantly lies to you and plays mind games?

Sometimes relationships devolve into these sad, troubled cycles that we can't break free of -- no matter how much we want to. Selena is singing about what it feels like to wish you didn't want someone anymore -- but you still do.

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On Sunday, Nov. 23, some incredible visual effects swept behind Selena while she sang on the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live stage, elevating the song to a majestic, otherworldly place.

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2014 American Music Awards - Roaming Show

It's a far more mature and grown-up theme for Selena, but it's one that pretty much everyone in the audience could relate to given the breathless and emotional response of the crowd.

After sharing this kind of intimate performance with the crowd, all you can do is thank them for listening.

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