Between her TV debut in 2002 and 2014, Selena Gomez already had several series and films under her belt, as well as a promising music career. These titles include Wizards of Waverly Place, Disney Channel Games, Another Cinderella Story, Ramona and Beezus, Spring Breakers, and Hotel Transylvania.
She began recording her own music, as well as music with her band “Selena Gomez & the Scene,” in 2009. Before 2014, she had released 4 studio albums and been on 4 tours. She had also started a very public relationship with teen heartthrob Justin Bieber in 2009, which was constantly a topic of discussion in the media as the pair were always on and off.
In the midst of what seemed to onlookers as a successful career and happy life, Selena Gomez hit a bump in the road. At the end of 2013, she canceled her Stars Dance routine.
Then, in January of the following year, she unexpectedly checked into The Meadows rehab facility in Arizona. Immediately, rumors were being spread of a secret Selena Gomez addiction problem and long-time Selena Gomez drug use.
Very few were shocked at these rumors, as Selena’s long-time best friend and Barney and Friends co-star Demi Lovato had been struggling with the same thing. In 2014, Demi had already been to rehab once, had lived in a sober living house, and was still smuggling drugs and alcohol onto airplanes. However, many Disney fans had hoped that Selena wasn’t going down the same path- and it turns out that she wasn’t.
In a documentary that debuted November 2nd, that follows her over six years called Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, the actress shares some of the most intimate parts of her own story: most notably, a raw look at her battle with mental illness, along with her determination to spread awareness about mental health, all while being in the public eye.