In August 2016, Selena Gomez canceled the album tour revival and checked into a clinic in the state of Tennessee, in the southern United States. Diagnosed with lupus, the actress and singer faced not only the physical pain of the disease, but also severe anxiety attacks, panic attacks and a deep depression when deciding that leaving the spotlight for three months was the right choice to recover – and save her life. life. The star’s battle in search of a cure for her ills leads to the touching documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me, now available on Apple TV+. Directed by Alek Keshishian, filmmaker responsible for the anthology In Bed with Madonna (1991), the production exposes, without anesthesia, the physical and emotional ills of the most troubled and frightening period in the artist’s life.
Recorded in the last six years, the film is the result of the long-term partnership of Selena and Keshishian, who met in 2015 in the production of the hit clip Hands to Myself🇧🇷 “I don’t see it as a job. I develop deep friendships with artists. It is this confidence that you see on the screens”, said the director to VEJA. The close relationship gave him access to more than 200 hours of recording and fifteen years of the singer’s diaries, essential windows to portray events in Selena’s life that would scare anyone. Just remember that, in 2017, shortly after being hospitalized to deal with mental issues, she underwent a kidney transplant because of complications from lupus, leaving her between life and death. The procedure itself is not shown in the video, but the viewer closely follows a recurrence of the disease, which makes the young woman undergo painful treatments to recover. Also during this period, the singer faced an emotional breakdown that led her to rehabilitation, with psychosis crises and the discovery of bipolarity. All of this while she was dealing with the final breakup with her boyfriend Justin Bieber, in 2018 – the two had been in an on-and-off relationship since they were teenagers. “I’m grateful to be alive,” she confesses, now 30.
Launched to fame as a child, on the show Barney and his friends, Selena makes up the hall of child stars who grew up in the public eye and deal with the price of exposure. Recently, singers like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, who also started early, have exposed the ugly side of success in documentaries about the insecurities and upheavals behind the glamorous life. With millions of followers on Instagram, they open up about their weaknesses in front of the cameras. “Many young people are famous on the internet, but their lives are dark and full of sadness. Selena shows them how to get out of it”, reflects the director.
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In addition to revealing her suffering, the production is an instrument for Selena to show fans that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. She vocalizes her activism for mental health and reveals how she found purpose in volunteering. One of the proofs of the comeback is her performance as a producer and one of the protagonists of the award-winning comedy series Only Murders in the Building, sharing the scene with Steve Martin and Martin Short. The star saw the face of the abyss—and lived to tell the tale.
Published in VEJA on November 9, 2022, edition no. 2814
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