Selena Gomez’s candid confession: The nerves that almost stopped her Apple TV+ documentary from shining

Selena Gomez was seen in New York City on Wednesday, where she made an appearance at an FYC screening of her Apple TV+ documentary titled ‘Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me.’ The 30-year-old former Disney Channel star also participated in a Q&A session, sharing insights into the film that offers viewers a personal insight into her journey with mental health and lupus over a span of six years. Gomez candidly revealed to hosts Benji Pasek and Justin Paul that she had reservations about releasing the documentary as she was feeling ‘nervous’ about being vulnerable and opening up about her struggles to the public.

Screening: Selena Gomez stepped out in New York City on Wednesday to attend an FYC screening of her Apple TV+ documentary, 'Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me'

Selena Gomez made an appearance in New York City to attend a special screening of her Apple TV+ documentary, ‘Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me.’ She shared that she was feeling nervous about putting the documentary out there, as she felt like she was making a sacrifice for a greater cause with her platform. She admitted to considering pulling the release just a few weeks ago because she wasn’t sure if she could go through with it. Despite her doubts, the documentary was released on November 2 and has been warmly received by both fans and critics.

Chic: For the occasion, Gomez cut a chic figure in a leggy black minidress styled with a cozy brown coat

Stylish: Gomez looked effortlessly stylish for the event in a short black dress paired with a warm brown coat.

Knee-high: She slipped on a pair of knee-high black leather boots and painted her nails a vibrant red

On Wednesday, Gomez looked stylish in a short black dress paired with a warm brown coat. She wore knee-high black leather boots and sported bright red nail polish. Her shoulder-length brown hair was curled, and she had a peachy pink lipstick on her plump lips. With perfectly shaped eyebrows and flirty faux lashes, she completed her chic look.

Glam: The Rare Beauty founder's shoulder-length brunette hair was worn in curls and her plump pout was painted a peachy pink

Chic: The founder of Rare Beauty rocked shoulder-length brunette hair styled in beautiful curls, while her lips were covered in a gorgeous peachy pink shade.

She was joined by the documentary's director, Alek Keshishian

Gomez arrived at the evening event accompanied by the director of the documentary, Alek Keshishian.
She quickly stepped out of a black chauffeured vehicle and made her way towards The Metrograph alongside Keshishian.
Keshishian was seen wearing stylish gray-blue slim fit trousers paired with a navy blue wool sweater.

Arrival: Gomez was first spotted arriving the evening event

Jovial: She appeared in high spirits

Gomez made her grand entrance at the evening event.

Discussion: The Disney Channel alum, 30, also held a Q&A where she discussed the film that gives fan an intimate look at her mental health struggles and life with lupus; (L-R) Benji Pasek, Selena Gomez, Alek Keshishian and Justin Paul

Chat: The former Disney Channel star, aged 30, also engaged in a question and answer session where she delved into the movie that provides fans with a personal glimpse into her battles with mental health and living with lupus. In the pictures, we see Selena Gomez, Alek Keshishian, Benji Pasek, and Justin Paul mingling with the hosts of the Q&A session. Following the screening, Gomez and Keshishian joined Pasek and Paul on stage to talk about the reasons behind creating the documentary. Originally planned to document Gomez’s Revival tour in 2016, titled ‘Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me,’ director Keshishian abandoned the project when she called off the tour due to her ongoing struggles with mental health.

Almost didn't: She admitted to hosts Benji Pasek and Justin Paul that she hesitated releasing the doc because she was 'so nervous' to lay bare her struggles to the world

She nearly didn’t do it: During her conversation with hosts Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, she confessed that she was hesitant about releasing the documentary because she was ‘extremely anxious’ about revealing her personal struggles to the public.

'I'm just so nervous. Because I have the platform I have, it's kind of like I'm sacrificing myself a little bit for a greater purpose,' she explained. 'I don't want that to sound dramatic, but I almost wasn't going to put this out'

“I’m feeling really anxious. With the platform I have, it’s like I’m putting myself out there for a bigger cause,” she shared. “I was hesitant to release this, but I didn’t want to make it a big deal.”

In 2019, filming resumed as Gomez traveled to schools in Kenya with the WE Foundation. Cameras captured her during various personal moments, from the start of the pandemic to the return of her lupus and her struggles with mental health.

“I was with her at her home, and she was in tears,” Keshishian remembered. “I hesitated to film, but she insisted on it. She wanted to show her journey.”

Keshishian soon realized he was creating a profound documentary about a young woman trying to navigate her diagnosis after leaving a mental health facility. Despite being in the early stages of recovery, she was determined to use her platform to raise awareness and discuss her experiences.

Release: But despite her hesitance, 'Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me' hit the streaming platform on November 2 and has received positive reception from fans and critics.

Despite her initial reservations, ‘Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me’ was made available for streaming on November 2. The project has been well-received by both fans and critics alike.

Initially 'Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me' was set to follow Gomez along her Revival tour in 2016, however director Keshishian ultimately dropped the documentary after she cancelled her tour due to her mental health struggles

Originally planned as ‘Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me’, the documentary was supposed to document Gomez’s journey during her Revival tour in 2016. However, director Keshishian decided to shelve the project when Gomez had to cancel the tour due to her mental health challenges.

Keshishian mentioned that there was some internal conflict as Gomez aimed to be a role model while still facing her struggles. Despite her initial reluctance, Gomez ultimately chose to release the documentary after witnessing the positive impact it had on an audience during a test screening.

Reflecting on her decision, Gomez shared, “I thought, ‘If I can make a difference for just one person, imagine the potential.’ So, I took a leap of faith and decided to move forward with it.”

Raw: Filming resumed in 2019 as Gomez visited schools in Kenya along with the WE Foundation and cameras continued capturing her in several deeply personal moments - from the beginning of the pandemic to the return of her lupus and of course her mental health issues

Rewritten: Recording sessions resumed in 2019 when Gomez toured schools in Kenya with the WE Foundation. Cameras followed her through various intimate moments, documenting her experiences from the onset of the pandemic to the reemergence of her lupus and struggles with mental health.

'I was in her home, and she [would be] in tears,' Keshishian recalled. 'I'm holding my iPhone, and I'm like, 'I don't know whether I should shoot this.' And she was like,

While at her house, Keshishian remembered the moment vividly when the tears started to flow. Holding his iPhone, he hesitated on whether to capture the emotional scene. However, she insisted, saying, “No, please capture this. I want you to.” Keshishian shared the memory from November.

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