Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me On Apple TV+
Since childhood, I looked up to Selena Gomez for everything – her acting, her innocence, her beauty, her singing talent, almost everything. It wasn’t long ago that she revealed her struggle with physical and mental health which made her take a long break from the stardom. Released on 4th November 2022 on Apple TV+ Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me shows Selena’s darkest struggles.
My heart sank and I wept for almost an hour and a half watching the documentary. I can’t imagine the strength it took Selena Gomez to suffer from it all silently let alone release a documentary to help others. She has the heart of an angel for sure.
Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, A Documentary
“Let me make a promise. I’ll only tell you my darkest secrets” – Selena Gomez. Even though it’s a documentary, you don’t expect such a raw and intense reality. Believe me, it will hit you hard. Let’s travel back to 2016 when it all started coming up to the surface. During her rehearsal practice, makeup, and costume trials, Selena self-criticized her body by calling it a 12-year-old’s body. Ironically she was rehearsing the song Who Says which is about accepting yourself as you are.
I guess we never really know what’s inside a person. The saddest part is Selena Gomez was giving millions of girls the confidence to love themselves but the same wasn’t true for her. Soon after that, you see Selena crying, “When am I gonna just be enough by myself? Not needing anybody to be associated with.” I think every woman can relate to this feeling. As individuals, we are seen nothing but a bunch of rebels but partnering with other men can get us where we intend to be.
She cried more about not wanting to disappoint John who signed her for the upcoming music. These episodes may seem normal for someone watching the documentary for the first time. But these were all signs. However, her group was so supportive at each step, understanding her feelings and health issues. It’s rare to see such honest support these days.
What Happened With Selena Gomez?
The pain hidden behind that beautiful smile is so heartbreaking to watch. To add to her personal issues, the media and press weren’t behind. They declared her to have a drug and alcohol problem pointing out how tired she looked all the time. Constantly mocking her over her partying and being out of control and worst of all, her break up with Justin Bieber, made things worse.
After 55 performances The Revival tour was canceled and Selena Gomez went on a break due to her degrading mental health. As usual, many insensitive rumors started to flood and at a certain point, Selena didn’t feel like being alive.
“I wish you could feel what it feels like to be in my head.” She was hearing voices in her head that were becoming louder and triggered a psychotic breakdown. The Kill Them With Kindness singer had to be taken to a psychiatric hospital due to an intense nervous breakdown. Selena was pulling out her IVs. She had lupus and had undergone a kidney transplant. It’s a miracle she got out of the psychosis. And that’s when Bipolar Disorder came into the picture.
Selena Gomez was an introvert as a child having only 2-3 friends in school. At the age of 7, she started her acting career. Hence, from 9th to 12th grade she did homeschooling only. It became her escape thing. The glamour, tours, career, and performance pressure made her feel “vain.”
Did Selena Recover From Her Illness?
While giving a speech at the McLean Psychiatric Hospital Selena Gomez said “I am happier, I am healthier, and I am in control of my emotions and thoughts than I have ever been. It actually feels good to say it, because I mean it, you know?”
And Selena Gomez was back! She wrote her new song in just 45 minutes it being the fastest song she had ever written – Lose you to love me. It’s a song I personally relate to so much. It became her biggest song ever. Selena admits that she had to go through the worst heartbreak ever to finally be able to love herself again – “It was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
After a bunch of interviews in London, Selena Gomez’s lupus started acting up during the pandemic. It was painful, and it is known to amplify her anxiety and depression. Yet the star knew what she had to do, set an example for others, and normalize feeling that way. But the worse part was the plan she had for the school and college in Kenya failed due to the accusations against the WE organization.
Selena’s Charity Events
Selena Gomez helped raise money for a primary school and a college for young women in Kenya for the WE charity. She raised awareness of the importance of mental health. She wanted to design a curriculum that can be taught in schools as there is so much to know about emotions and emotional intelligence. It’s something very important to her. She recently received an award for being an advocate for mental health.
“I think I needed to go through that to be who I am, and then I am gonna keep going through it, but I am really happy. I am at peace; I am Angry; I am sad; I am confident; I am full of doubt; I am a work in progress; I am enough I am Selena.”
Final Verdict on Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
Only a person struggling with mental health issues knows how traumatizing it feels. And Selena’s honesty and intentions have helped many people dealing with the same pain. I just want to give her a giant hug and tell her it’s all going to be okay.
I highly recommend watching Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me. To watch such raw, transparent, honest, true, and related content in a world of gossiping is rare. And I have only a few words for Selena Gomez.
‘Who says? Who says you’re not perfect? Who says you’re not worth it?’. You have my heart, you have my love. You are strong and beautiful. While you did bring change in many people’s lives, I feel you are the change we all need. Selena, you are truly an inspiration for many and I wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness.