Selena Gomez says she’s not a ‘collector’: ‘I never want people to look at me and think she has it all’

Selena Gomez says she hopes her documentary will show people that she doesn’t have it all together. (Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzoni)

Selena Gomez, 30, has opened up about her mental health journey, befriending bipolar disorder and embracing the unknown in a recent interview with Jay Shetty.

A documentary about the spirit of the founder of Wondermind Selena Gomez: My brain and me It premiered on November 4th and shows fans a different, less composed side of Gomez, something she was very intentional about.

“I think I really wanted eventually to realize that I’m not really a collector. I can be. And I feel so much better now. But I never want people to look at me and think she has it all. I figured it out, and she’s perfect. I just want Being someone that people can honestly walk into and say, “Hey, I understand what I’ve been through. I did, too,” she said in the On Purpose podcast.

Gomez has argued that this relativity is especially important to her because she has felt pressured to appear perfect in the past.

“I felt like I should be. [perfect] When I was, you know, when I was doing relationships, I felt like I had to be a certain way. That’s why in 2016, I was talking about my body and talking about my looks and talking about how, ‘Oh, everyone will see me as a Disney kid. Nobody will take me seriously. All those moments. That’s kind of where, yeah, that’s where all the confusion for me came from,” she said.

She also opens up about her bipolar diagnosis and how building this condition as a part of it helped her recover.

“My favorite thing about the documentary is, ‘I have bipolar.’ I learned how to live with it, and I made it my friend.”

Gomez, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2019, is a staunch supporter of treatment and has been open about the fact that she is taking medication as part of her treatment plan. However, she admits that her journey to find out what works for her has not been linear.

“Honestly, I’ve been to four treatment centers, and I have a lot of opinions about rehabilitation if you will. There’s a lot I don’t agree with,” she said.

But through some trial and error, I’ve found that accepting the truth of any situation you’re in at the moment is crucial.

“But what I will say is…Learning lessons through dialectical behavior or cognitive behavioral therapy, there is something that has always been an integral part of me throughout those different moments in my life. And that has always been to recognize when something happened to me, to accept it. And once That I realized this was something that wouldn’t go away… It wasn’t something that would be fixed by going to these places. It was more than that, what can I learn about myself. If I go down this path, I will be motivated, I know that feeling and I know how to avoid it. However, I go to therapy. I also take medications that I am totally on and totally believe in. It helps me stay balanced but I still have to deal with it,” she said.

At just seven years old, Gomez began her career in the entertainment industry and has spent most of her life in the spotlight, making her deeply personal journey with her mental and physical health a public spectacle – a shocking reality for many child stars.

“Honestly, I don’t know anything different. Sometimes it’s really scary. It’s really sad. Other times, it’s what I’ve been given. This is the path I want to keep going. I know, at any moment I can quit and walk away.” That wasn’t what I was brought up with. So maybe if this had happened later in life I would have had a different result. I really had to learn the hard way about how to handle… I don’t give the taste of clicks people want. I do my best to try Eliminate these negative stories or other people that illustrate my journey. I interrupt them with my truth and that’s what I will always do. I’m in control of a story and no one can change it or say anything different.”

Through her documentary and sharing more of her journey, Gomez has learned a lot about the importance of embracing her flaws and finding victory amid adversity.

She said, “I always say there’s a blessing in breaking up. And every moment you encounter in your life, even if it’s just road rage, it’s easy to lose someone you love.” “There is no perfect way to heal. There is no perfect way to handle something. It is rather how I would be a better person?”

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