Are we living in a short Selena Assaince? The promotional blitz surrounding Selena Gomez’s new Apple TV+ documentary not only gives fans an autobiographical glimpse into her life, but also comes with a new single, lyric video, limited SiriusXM radio show and lots of facts about Gomez to keep their fans fed up.
“That’s probably the most you’re going to hear about me for a while,” she told Rolling Stone in an interview published Thursday. “I want that to come out, but I also want it to be behind me. Sometimes it’s important to just disappear.”
Short of the release of her documentary, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me on Friday, Gomez walked the red carpet at AFI Fest on Wednesday to promote the film and released the title track of the same name on Thursday, which is briefly featured in the latest trailer for the film project could be seen. Inspired by her journals of recent years, the lullaby-like ballad offers an insight into her mental and physical health struggles, including her history of bipolar disorder, psychosis, suicidal thoughts and numerous health issues that have been chronicled in the media.
“‘My Mind & Me’ is a bit sad, but it’s also a really nice way to activate the documentary part of life, and then it’ll just be fun stories about how I live my life and date and have conversations with myself,” Gomez told Rolling Stone. “I have a feeling it’s going to be an album that’s like, ‘Oh, she’s not in that place anymore; She’s really just living life.’”
The song plays the entire documentary and is part of a new record she’s been working on “for years,” she told Vulture, and Rolling Stone reported that she wrote 24 songs for it. She said she could start recording the album by the end of the year.
“I want to be able to grow through my music,” she told Vulture. “I’m the person who’s afraid of what’s going to happen once it’s out there, so I want it to be done really well and representative of where I am. There’s a lot of fun stuff I’d love to share if I’m being honest. I do not want. But I’m so excited. It will be fun and refreshing I think.”
As for the documentary, the Emmy-nominated ‘Only Murders in the Building’ star told Rolling Stone that she gave ‘Madonna: Truth or Dare’ director Alek Keshishian full access during the six years of filming, and the end product was so raw, that she almost didn’t publish it.
“I almost didn’t bring that out. To be honest, a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure if I could pull this off,” she told the magazine.
The film also shows the recording artist checking herself into a treatment facility — one of four she’s been to in her 30-year life.
Also on Thursday, the former child star and SiriusXM announced the launch of Selena Gomez Radio, a limited-run station presented and curated by the artist. It launches Friday on channel 14 of SiriusXM and runs through November 10th and December 2nd on the SiriusXM app.
In a press release about it, the Selena + Chef star shared more about how her documentary came about. “My Mind & Me” began as an artful concert documentary of their ill-fated 2016 revival tour – which led to a treatment facility – and then grew into something else entirely.
“We initially thought we were going to do a concert tour video and during the tour I had to cancel it because I was personally going through a lot of stuff. So we decided to stop. Then I had a phase where I just had to be alone, and then this [2019 philanthropic] The Kenya trip kind of came into play and we decided that we wanted to include that trip,” she said. “So it really wasn’t going to be a documentary until the end when we filmed all that stuff and where I am now and going home and visiting my house and where I’m from I can say it was going to be something bigger than just a whoop piece.” .”
The Wizards of Waverly Place graduate is often described as “authentic” and “self-deprecating” – traits that have eventually made her the most followed person on Instagram – and she brings that energy to the new documentary, which will feature her particularly shows at her lowest lows, including hitting friends and struggling to get out of bed.
“You know I didn’t want people to think I thought I’m great and everything is great when I know I’ve had real moments and really scary things are happening. And I really wanted to be honest with people,” she said in the publication. “But I don’t want it to be about me. I want it to be about the conversation about mental health and how we can change the conversation. I feel like a human sacrifice. I throw in my personal life so hopefully this conversation will grow bigger and more transcending.”
Gomez, whose cosmetics brand Rare Beauty donates proceeds to mental health initiatives, also said she considers her pal Taylor Swift to be her most influential artist and that she really misses her fans.
“One thing I want to say to my fans is that I really miss you guys. Before the pandemic, I felt so connected to everyone and you know, since it was kind of a journey of adjusting to life now, I’m so excited because it’s very sparse,” she said. “I can’t go out much. There are new rules and then when I meet a fan it just makes my day and I miss that. Connecting is the whole reason I do what I do. So I miss touring and doing meet and greets and even a little chat with someone just makes my day.”
The multi-hyphenates also told Rolling Stone that her mental and physical health struggles are still a part of her everyday life. The kidney transplant she had in 2017 won’t fix things forever, and her bipolar medication makes it so she likely won’t be able to bear her own children: “This is a very big, big, current one thing in my life,” she said. (But, she added, she’s certain that “however I’m supposed to have her, I will.”)
Gomez also addressed the ongoing buzz surrounding the podcast interview in which influencer Hailey Bieber gave this shot-down speculation that she got together with now-husband Justin Bieber while the singer and Gomez were still together.
Without naming Bieber, she told Rolling Stone that “somebody made a comment and it affected me, and then I felt bad about myself for two days,” and shared how something like that would have affected her more in the past. A day later, Gomez appeared to address Bieber’s “Call Her Daddy” interview on TikTok Live: “I thought I’d just say, ‘Everyone be nice to each other. Everyone’s just focused on what’s going on in the real world.’”
Then, a few weeks later, she and Hailey Bieber made headlines again when they posed together in a “plot twist” photo at the Academy Museum Gala in mid-October. (When the Vulture reporter asked Gomez about the photos, she said, “Yeah, it’s no big deal. It’s not even a thing.”)
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-11-03/selena-gomez-debuts-my-mind-me-siriusxm-hailey-bieber Selena Gomez drops new song, talks Hailey Bieber drama