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Brokaw: ‘My Mind and Me’ shows ups and downs of pop stardom

By Francine Brokaw - Special to the Daily Herald | Nov 23, 2022

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“Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me” is streaming now on Apple TV+.

Despite her age, Selena Gomez has had a long career in music and television. Her fans know about her battle with Lupus, and subsequent kidney transplant, yet many are not familiar with her story. The new documentary “Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me” details her struggles and the darkness in which she floundered  — and the levels of despair she reached before coming out on the other side. This 30-year-old woman has an emotional depth that comes through as she unveils her life and informs the viewers how her struggles, both emotionally and physically, have made her the woman she is today.

In the show, Selena’s demons are an emotional journey she shares with the viewers. It is shocking to see the depth and despair of her struggles. As she says, she smiles on the outside but inside she is in a very dark place. She adores her fans, but at the same time does not care for fame. She does the best she can with her talent and — with that talent — has become famous. She genuinely wants to do something important to help people, though, and if fame allows her to accomplish her goals, then it was worth the ups and downs of her life.

Today, Selena is starring in two popular shows. “Only Murders in the Building” is streaming on Hulu and “Selena + Chef” is on HBO Max. The first has taken viewers by storm as the actress stars alongside comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short in a podcast-themed whodunnit. The HBO Max series is a reality cooking show where the titular Selena is joined by various famous chefs for turns in the kitchen. This show originally began during the pandemic, but continues today with some fun and food as the actress/singer/songwriter/entrepreneur delves into delicious meals.

“Selena: My Mind and Me” does not include any part of these TV shows. Rather it focuses on her singing and her emotional struggles as she confronts another health crisis. Being a performer is hard enough, but when it is done with underlying pain and discomfort, it is that much more difficult. Serena manages to rise above some of the pain and viewers will see her emotional depth as she moves forward with her desire to be the best person she can be.

The documentary premiered Nov. 4 on Apple TV+.

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