When you look back at some of the biggest celeb dramas of 2016, it鈥檚 kind of strange that Selena Gomez doesn鈥檛 immediately come to mind. After all, she went from staging an epic world tour to taking a big career hiatus and then a tear-jerking comeback, all within a year.

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When 2016 started, Selena was riding high on the success of her newly released Revival album, including the smash hit 鈥淗ands to Myself,鈥 which she took to the Saturday Night Live stage in January. Her Revival tour kicked off in the spring and took her around the world for four months as she killed it for crowds every night.

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Then, in July, a day after her 24th birthday and after a massive show in Indonesia, she posted a cryptic Instagram that at first seemed like internal conflict over the Kimye and Taylor beef, but in hindsight was a clear indicator that she needed some time off.

鈥淭onight I felt extremely unauthentic, unconnected to both myself and my music,鈥 she wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post. 鈥淚鈥檝e never really felt like my materials, wardrobe or a video could define me. I act on a moment and fear something that hasn鈥檛 happened. I鈥檓 stagnant, I stay still and don鈥檛 just sit with myself first and ask, 鈥業s this where I am, wholeheartedly?鈥 I鈥檝e always told the truth. I鈥檓 always true to my word, I鈥檝e shown who I am but I need to rethink some areas of my life creatively and personally. Had to get that out.鈥

Shortly after the cryptic message and after engaging in some social media drama with ex Justin Bieber and his then-GF Sofia Richie, Selena shocked fans by announcing that she鈥檇 be canceling the rest of her tour and taking an indefinite break to seek treatment for聽anxiety and depression, which she attributed to her previously diagnosed lupus.

Four months went by without a peep as Selena recuperated. Then, in November, she made her return to the stage at the American Music Awards, winning the Favorite Female Artist trophy and delivering an inspiring acceptance speech. 鈥淚 have to say thank you so much to my fans because you guys are so damn loyal and I don鈥檛 know what I did to deserve you,鈥 she said, before reminding her fans that you can overcome struggles. 鈥淏ut if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.鈥

Music and love.

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Since then, Selena has remained relatively quiet, but it鈥檚 starting to appear as if a bigger comeback is in the works. In December, she was spotted on songwriter Justin Tranter鈥檚 IG (with a #goals-worthy new 鈥榙o, natch) leading people to think they were in the studio working on music. She also ended the year with the distinction of being the most-followed person on Instagram, besting even her bestie, Taylor Swift.

Then Selena was announced as the new face of Coach, definitely not the move of someone who鈥檚 looking to stay out of the public eye. Most recently, Selena has been linked to the Weeknd (and some inevitable potential drama with his ex, Bella Hadid). Neither has confirmed if they鈥檙e dating, but we can鈥檛 help but root for this pop-star power couple, even if 鈥 actually, especially if 鈥 they end up working on music together.

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And speaking of music, Selena鈥檚 increased Instagram activity the past couple of weeks lead us to believe that something is most definitely in the works. From a return to live photos to clips of her singing along with friends in studio, it鈥檚 only a matter of time before Selena makes a massive comeback and takes the music world by storm.

Do you think Selena will have a big 2017? Let us know over @BritandCo!

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