Shot over six years, the documentary, airing on Apple TV+, exhibits Gomez’s battle with anxiousness and melancholy in addition to lupus, an autoimmune illness that may trigger irritation and tissue injury all through the physique, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Gomez went public along with her lupus prognosis in October 2015, and later took time without work from her tour to cope with the psychological well being unwanted effects of her illness, which she stated included “anxiousness, panic assaults and melancholy.”
In an unique clip of the documentary that aired Thursday on “Good Morning America,” Gomez is seen coping with extreme anxiousness amplified by her battle with lupus.
“I hadn’t been on stage in over two years, and I nonetheless did not know if I used to be prepared,” Gomez says within the clip, which was filmed simply earlier than her look on the 2019 American Music Awards. “However what good is having a music if I used to be too scared to sing it?”
Alek Keshishian, the director of the documentary, informed ABC Information’ Juju Chang that filming stopped at one level after Gomez suffered a nervous breakdown and was admitted to a psychological well being facility.
Keshishian stated they determined to renew filming upon Gomez’s launch in an effort to doc her journey to restoration.
“After she got here out of the power, I all of the sudden realized, wait a second there is a actually fascinating story as a result of she is simply now in restoration herself,” stated Keshishian. “And the truth that she’s nonetheless very a lot the affected person.”
“I simply discovered that it was actually releasing to have the knowledge, to type of know what is going on on,” she stated. “It did not scare me.”
“I began to have a relationship with myself, and I believe that is the very best half,” Gomez continued. “I’ve most likely been the happiest I’ve ever been. My mother is aware of. And it is simply been actually great, but it surely’s work and also you do it day-after-day.”
Gomez, who additionally underwent a kidney transplant for her lupus in 2017, has turn out to be an outspoken advocate for psychological well being causes.
In April, the singer and her mom, producer Mandy Teefey, joined along with Newsette co-founder Daniella Pierson to launch Wondermind, a platform that provides psychological well being sources.
“There are locations the place folks go once they need assistance, and it is unlucky that they value ridiculous quantities of cash,” Gomez stated when Wondermind was launched. “However [as with] Deliberate Parenthood, there’s a spot for girls to really feel okay and to really feel understood, and I would like that for psychological well being.”
She continued, “I believe it is so vital and I can not stress it sufficient how a lot I care and the way a lot I actually, actually need folks to be understood, seen and heard.”
“Selena Gomez: My Thoughts & Me” premieres globally on Apple TV+ on Nov. 4.
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