‘Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me’ review: Gomez opens up about her mental health struggles in Apple TV documentary +


In the most deeply personal look at “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me,” the singer-actor reads excerpts from her journal filled with self-doubt and anxiety, including lines like “I have to stop living like this” and “I want to know how to breathe again”. Opening up about his bipolar disorder is certainly a service, but the six-year period spanned by this intimate Apple TV+ presentation works to flesh out his revelations into a documentary.

Directed by Alek Keshishian, whose credits include “Madonna: Truth or Dare” as well as Gomez’s 2015 video “Hands to Myself,” the film clearly shows a wide-ranging access to its subject matter, beginning with the preparation for their 2016 tour during rehearsals in Los Angeles. Sports Arena, before cutting the performance schedule short due to anxiety and panic attacks.

From there, “My Mind & Me” (also the title of a new song Gomez is releasing) pretty much climbs all over the place, following her on a trip to Kenya, accompanying her as she endures questions of the paparazzi, accompanying her as she visits people in her old neighborhood and reflects on her irritations at dealing with the press as part of a media tour.

“I feel like a product,” he complains at one point, later confiding to friends that the kind of pointless questions he routinely asks can seem like “a waste of time.”

The documentary is perhaps most notable because it showcases Gomez’s work on behalf of the Rare Impact Fund, an effort to raise money to help young people dealing with mental health problems and issues.

The main problem is that there’s a scattered, almost arbitrary sense of what Gomez is shown doing and where, while skipping some relevant recent additions to her resume, like the hit Hulu series “Only Murders in the building”.

“As great as life was, underneath it all, I was struggling,” Gómez says during a speech, which perfectly sums up the underlying point of the documentary and the fact that even someone who seems to have it all can be affected by challenges.

It’s easy to downplay the courage it takes for celebrities to let their guard down and admit their frailties or fallibility, revealing a side of themselves that the public doesn’t always see. That alone makes the message meaningful, a point underscored by the parts of Gomez’s life on display here, and if it helps one person, more power to them.

Still, if Gomez understandably frets about feeling like “a product,” “My Mind & Me” doesn’t shy away from the idea that she’s using that fame and the product-like side of her existence to sell— the.

“Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me” premieres Nov. 4 on Apple TV+. Disclosure: My wife works for a unit of Apple.

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