Selena Gomez got her start in showbiz as a star in Barney and Friends. She later made some guest appearances of Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana. Finally, she got her big break on 2007 sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place, and launched her singing and acting career. Before she knew it, Gomez, 26, was a pop princess with a spotless track record and international fan base.
But as REELZ’s new docuseries, Selena Gomez: The Price of Fame, explains, Gomez always loathed the negative attention that fame brought, and by the time she became a teenager, it all got to be too much.
“I always knew that Selena was a very talented girl, but to see her rise to fame come so suddenly and so quickly, I mean it was rattling for me, and I’m just a fan! I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like for her and what was going on in her head during that time,” says radio host Kellie Rasberry.
Her next move destroyed the Disney star persona and spotless reputation she’d worked so hard to achieve.
“In 2012 Selena made a career-changing decision. She took a part in the movie Spring Breakers about four college girls who get messed up with this drug and arms dealer,” says Rasberry.
The film promoted drugs, alcohol, violence and sex, all the things Gomez’ former image rejected.
“It really shattered the public’s perception of her as this squeaky-clean Disney princess. There are reports that Selena had a nervous breakdown during filming and the director, Harmony Korine, had to talk her into continuing the project.”
Star readers know that Gomez recently entered rehab for mental health issues after suffering a scary breakdown over her declining health. Ever since 2013 she’s been dealing with severe health crises related to lupus. Some side effects include anxiety and depression.
Gomez has spoken openly of her condition, telling fans that she moved away from Hollywood so she could be at peace. Now, sources say she is finally focusing solely on her health and wellness — a fact which may include cutting off showbiz for good.
Selena Gomez: The Price of Fame airs Sunday, February 24 at 9 ET / PT on REELZ.