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Instagram hasn’t been the same since Selena Gomez temporarily deactivated her account back in September.

However, despite facing a lot of “challenges” last year, the 26-year-old singer and actress has made an almighty return to the social media platform… and we couldn’t be happier to have her back!

“It’s been a while since you have heard from me, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and to thank you for your love and support,” she wrote on Instagram, alongside not one but three stunning black and white pictures of herself.

“Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges, and growth.

“It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming.

“Trust me, it’s not easy, but I am proud of the person I am becoming and look forward to the year ahead. Love you all.”

We’re beyond happy that she has returned to Instagram, as it most likely means that she is handling her ongoing mental health issues like a pro.

(Selena Gomez checked herself into a treatment facility back in October to help her deal with her anxiety and depression, brought on by her continued battle with Lupus.)

She was spotted out and about in LA just last month looking healthy and happy, so her Instagram return seems to be the cherry on top.

Welcome back, Selena!