The film offers a raw and intimate look at Selena’s life between the years 2016 and 2022, including her physical and mental health struggles with lupus, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
However, something fans have also taken notice of is the doc’s portrayal of Raquelle Stevens, one of Selena’s longtime best friends.
There are a few scenes that stand out, like when Selena feels nervous before her speech at McLean Psychiatric Hospital’s annual dinner – where she’ll share her mental health struggles and possibly her bipolar diagnosis for the first time – and Raquel enters the room, barely acknowledging its existence.
Or when Selena and Raquelle are on a philanthropic trip to Kenya, and Raquelle is quick to remind him that despite the incredible times she’s having, that’s not “reality.”
Or when Selena is doing press in London after Kenya, and Raquelle implies that Selena is complaining because she doesn’t want to go to a birthday dinner the night they fly back to Los Angeles.
People on Twitter absolutely took note and was quick to point out that Raquelle might not be giving Selena the support she needed:
However, others have defended and even praised Raquelle for her treatment of Selena in the documentary:
In 2019, Selena and Raquelle went public about their friendship on an episode of Raquelle’s Giving back to the generation podcast. In the episode, Selena said: “When we decided to do this, it was because I want there to be more friendships like this. … I hope what we get out of it as well , is that we just want – I want to be an example of friendship and what it can look like, and the importance.”
And Raquelle later added, “I want to see more friendships like this. I want to see people embrace qualities like forgiveness and vulnerability and authenticity. I just think that’s so important.”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness the helpline is 1-888-950-6264 (NAMI) and provides information and referral services; GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals from over 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy.
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