Because today is a world mental health day, Selena Gomez revealed her personal journey in the trailer of her latest documentary, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me.
The documentary, directed and produced by Alek Keshishian (director of Madonna: Truth or Dare) and produced by Apple TV +, chronicles the singer’s six years of life battling mental health issues.
“Just be who you are, Selena,” Gomez starts in voiceover. “No one cares about what you’re doing. It’s about who I am, being okay with where I am. I am grateful to be alive.”
After a clip showing her lupus diagnosis and statements that she had a mental breakdown, Gomez vows, “I’m going to stop living like this.”
The pop star has been vocal about her mental health issues, revealing in 2020 that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in the world, but definitely in America, McLean’s Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Gomez stated on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram Live talk show Bright Minded.
“And so, when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it. And I think people get scared of that, right?”
The Only Murders in the Building star, who has worked since she was 10, has spent most of her life in the spotlight, contributing to her growing mental health problems.
“My whole life since I was a kid I’ve been working,” Gomez states with tears in her eyes in footage from My Mind & Me. “I don’t want to be, like, super famous, but I do know that if I’m here, I have to use that for good.”
Click here to watch the trailer for Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, coming to Apple TV + on November 4.
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Gomez as a Child Star
Gomez started her career appearing in the children’s television show Barney & Friends. Then, she gained traction in the Disney Channel TV show Wizards of Waverly Place as Alex Russo.
Besides her TV career, the 30-year-old has appeared in movies like 2008’s Another Cinderella, 2009’s Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie and Princess Protection Program, 2010’s Ramona and Beezus, 2011’s Monte Carlo, 2012’s Spring Breakers, 2013’s Getaway, 2016’s The Fundamentals of Caring, and 2019’s The Dead Don’t Die and Rainy Day in New York.
The singer-actress has also released albums and singles that we can’t seem to don’t talk about anymore, such as “Come & Get It,” “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” “Good For You,” “Same Old Love,” “Hands to Myself,” “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” “It Ain’t Me,” and “Lose You to Love Me.”
Gomez has also received several awards throughout her career, including being named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2017 and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2020.
As of 2017, she has sold more than seven million albums and 22 million singles globally, per Billboard.
The child star has a massive following on social media and is the most followed musician and actress on Instagram. Elsewhere, Gomez has ventured into makeup, clothing, handbag, and fragrance lines. And it won’t be complete without her charitable organizations and serving as a UNICEF ambassador since she was 17.