A new Selena Gomez documentary called “My Mind & Me” doesn’t feel like a marketing gimmick. The documentary, which is sincere and soul-baring, depicts Gomez’s struggles with mental illness, lupus, and celebrity.
It’s like listening in on a 95-minute counseling session with the artist when you see it.
Gomez is acting strangely at the start. As we shift from 2019 back to 2016, she adds, “I have to stop living like this.” She sobs while performing backstage at one of her shows, desiring to shed her child-star persona and become a solo artist. She worries that she will disappoint.
The film focuses more on her facing her history than on her forgetting it. A turning point in Gomez’s life occurs on a road trip to Grand Prairie, Texas, when she meets up with former neighbors and goes to her childhood home. She claims that the flippant interviewers’ questions make her feel like “a product” in a scene when she is responding to them. She yearns for real connection, something fame hasn’t yet provided for her. In “My Mind and Me,” conflict is framed as a universal aspect of humanity. All are shown and proven when Selena revealed the following 15 surprising details in the document:
#1 The documentary begins in 2016 with Selena revealing that Interscope Records’ CEO and Chairman John Janik had phoned earlier that day to discuss a song with her then-boyfriend Justin Bieber. She cries as she talks about how difficult it is to have her relationship overshadow her.
#2 She also discusses in the documentary how she worries about seeming too “young” and how she doesn’t want her time at Disney to define who she is as an adult.
#3 Selena would have to monitor her blood pressure before performing since her lupus may trigger a stroke if it was too high.
#4 Selena’s close friend and former assistant Theresa Mingus recalled that during the Revival tour, Selena came up to her and said, “I don’t want to be alive right now,” which caused the remaining performances to be canceled.
#5 Selena’s mother admitted that she didn’t learn about the “nervous breakdown” until she received a call from TMZ.
#6 When Selena was taken to a mental health facility, her friends and relatives said that she was hardly recognizable.
#7 Selena talks about having crushes on males in her middle school, but they never reciprocated. Selena’s relative also says that she had a small circle of acquaintances and was an “outcast” of the community.
#8 Selena used to paint Cole Sprouse’s name all over her walls when she was younger because she had a major crush on him.
#9 Selena recalls that once her reputation increased and she began touring, her mental condition “worsen.” Additionally, she claimed that while it makes her happy, she has sought to prioritize “human connection” because she felt “vain.”
#10 Selena texted Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter after discussing her diagnosis at the McLean Psychiatric Hospital Annual Dinner, writing, “I think I’m ready to just say I’m sad.” In the following 45 minutes, they wrote “Lose You To Love Me.”
#11 One of Selena’s main life objectives is to introduce legislation requiring therapy lessons in American schools.
#12 Selena also intended to collaborate with We Charity on developing a mental health curriculum in the early 2020s. Sadly, the scheme failed when it was discovered that the organization had previously paid Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, to attend events.
#13 She established the Rare Impact Fund in 2020 and raised $100 million to give young people access to free mental health assistance. Additionally, she had the opportunity to speak with President Biden about a mental health curriculum in schools in 2022 at a Youth Action Forum that the Rare Impact Fund organized in collaboration with the White House.
#14 Selena’s lupus symptoms deteriorated during the pandemic after she had not had the same level of agony in years. Her rheumatoid factor was discovered through testing, which meant that her discomfort was being brought on by an overlap of lupus myositis and rheumatoid disease.
#15 She concluded by revealing that her celebrity and her existence as a child star are to blame for her unhappiness. She said that she wished she weren’t well-known, but that she ultimately hoped to utilize her status “for good.”