Yesterday, Miley Cyrus featured Elton John, Kerry Washington, and Jimmy Fallon on the “Bright Minded” finale. However, the most requested and most anticipated guest was Selena Gomez. Cyrus admitted that Gomez messaged her privately on Instagram, gushing about her love for “Bright Minded”. That’s when they decided to reconnect on the livestream.
Cyrus stated that she and Gomez rarely spoke, since their time together on the Disney Channel. If you’re unfamiliar with how they met, Miley Cyrus played the infamous Miley Stewart on the 2006 show, Hannah Montana. Gomez played the role of Mikayla Skeech — Stewart’s arch nemesis on the show.
Gomez talked a bit about her struggles with anxiety and depression, and she said that dialectal behavioral therapy helped her a lot, as well as writing. According to Pysch Central, DBT allows one to “properly identify and label emotions, increase positive emotional events, increase mindfulness, and take opposite action.”
The topic then switched to the COVID-19 situation. Cyrus admitted that she feared for her grandmother, because she’s currently in a nursing home. “I haven’t seen my mom in three weeks, because she goes to visit my grandma every day, and I didn’t want to freak her out, but I wanted to make sure that she was taking care of herself.” Miley and her siblings have been social distancing from even their own mother, because of how dangerous this virus is. Although Cyrus misses her mother, she’s doing the right thing by taking the proper precautions to keep her grandmother safe.
Gomez mentioned that once this pandemic is over, she hopes for more kindness. “This is a test for how we’re going to treat each other. Even me, just walking my dog down the street — when people walk by and we switch to the other side, they’re saying hi, and they’re being kind. Like Elton said earlier, this can be a time to be gentle with ourselves, and to take a break from the noise, and even social media. Just being outside and being gentle — I think that’s really important.”
When asked about resources and thoughts, in regards to how mental health may affect people during this dark time, Gomez stated that communication is key. “communicating with women that I respect. Talking through what you’re feeling is extremely helpful.” She then explained that crying is sometimes the best release. It’s how she gets the clarity that she needs to recompose and move forward.
Miley asked Gomez for advice on how to talk about mental health, and that’s when she admitted that after being in a mental hospital for so long, she found out that she was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. “I’m from Texas, and it’s not known to talk about mental health.”
The economy as a whole are being hit hard, financially, because of COVID-19, and Gomez admitted that she’s currently donating to hospitals, music organizations, and other industries that are in dire need of help.
The livestream ended with the two talking about moments/memories that brighten up their lives when they’re in a dark place, and Gomez admitted that the happiest moment of her life was when her sister, Gracie Teefey, was born.
Cyrus joked that in a few years, the older sister admiration will change. She then exposed singer and younger sister, Noah Cyrus (20), for turning away and acting like she doesn’t exist when they run into each other during a night out at a club, or a venue. Hopefully, Noah will respond to this humorous comment. If she does, stay tuned for the update!
The chemistry between Gomez and Cyrus is so sweet and genuine. Of course, they’re not the same Disney stars that they were 10 years ago. However, in my opinion, they’re better. They’re raw, real, and they’re not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. They advocate for mental health, positivity, love and kindness, and that’s inspiring to so many of their fans.
If you missed the livestream, and would like to see it in full, keep up with Miley Cyrus on Instagram. Cyrus has been posting the full episodes on her timeline, the day after it premieres.