Raquelle Stevens Addresses Selena Gomez Friendship Backlash

It’s secure to say Raquelle Stevens noticed the commentary concerning My Thoughts & Me — however Selena Gomez’s greatest buddy is doing simply advantageous.

“Anytime you do something public in life, you’re topic to opinions of different individuals. … You simply don’t even go there if you happen to’re not keen to have the ability to take the warmth, however, you recognize, the most important factor for me was that the documentary was a phenomenal, lovely piece of labor that Selena so vulnerably shared with the world,” Stevens, 30, mentioned throughout a cent interview on the “Chicks within the Workplace” podcast. “It was her life story, and a part of what was included in that documentary was our friendship, which is particular and it’s sincere, and it’s actual.”

Stevens was featured all through the AppleTV+ doc, which follows Gomez’s life from 2016 to 2020, however made waves on-line for one tense scene when she questioned why Gomez didn’t wish to attend a buddy’s birthday celebration after they returned house from a visit. The spat escalated when Stevens mentioned the “Lose You to Love Me” singer didn’t appear “completely happy.” Gomez walked away from her buddy after denying that she was “complaining” about work.

“I feel what it’s an excellent reminder of is that when individuals are scrolling by way of Instagram or they’re scrolling by way of TikTok, otherwise you’re watching a documentary, you’re getting a small glimpse into somebody’s life, you’re not seeing the total image,” Stevens instructed cohosts Maria Ciuffo and Francesca Mariano. “And the reality is we’ve had a friendship for the final decade as a result of it’s actual, it’s sincere and I’m so grateful for that. And I’m grateful that it was included within the documentary as a result of I feel that it is very important see, and I feel it’s wonderful that Selena welcomes honesty in her friendships and I welcome that in my life too.”

Stevens’ The Sunshine Thoughts coauthor, Tanya Rad, famous that she was “unshakable” amid any adverse fan response after the doc began streaming in November 2022. “She is aware of who she is. She is aware of what kind of buddy she is,” Rad mentioned.

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“That’s the opposite factor too. And I feel that is essential for individuals as properly after we discuss, you recognize, doing the 100 day journey [through the book] and strengthening your internal life,” Stevens added on the podcast. “When your internal life is robust and you might be residing a life with integrity, you sleep peacefully each single night time. And it doesn’t matter what you face, what you undergo — there’s a peace that comes with residing a lifetime of integrity, and so I actually am safe in who I’m. I do know the sort of buddy that I’m. Anybody actually might say something, however I’ve a peace that’s unshakable.”

Gomez and Stevens have been buddies for years, with the creator becoming a member of the Disney Channel alum on Selena + Chef amongst different skilled ventures. Within the doc, followers hear from Stevens after Gomez’s “psychotic break” in 2016, which led the singer to cancel her Revival tour and verify into therapy.

“Her reply was, like, ‘I don’t know. I can’t clarify it. I want you might really feel what it feels prefer to be in my head.’ I simply bear in mind it being very chaotic and she or he was listening to all of those voices,” Stevens recalled. “That triggered some kind of psychotic break.”

Gomez introduced in 2019 that she had been recognized with bipolar dysfunction. The Solely Murders within the Constructing star additionally has lupus.

“Once you’re struggling together with your psychological well being, the important a part of it’s figuring out what to do and recognizing that,” Gomez defined within the movie. “It’s one thing that I’m not ashamed of. I needed to relearn issues. I fully fell out of my thoughts. It was like, ‘Hey, you’re not a nasty particular person, you’re not a gross particular person, you’re not any of this. However you’re going to should take care of this. I do know it’s lots, however that is the truth.’ And I discovered having a relationship with [being] bipolar and myself — it’s going to be there. I’m simply making it my buddy to know. I feel that I wanted to undergo that to be who I’m and I’m going to maintain going by way of that.”