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From Britney Spears to Demi Lovato: Personal struggles of celebs brought into public eye through documentaries

Shilpa S

Shilpa S
Jul 15, 2021

Documentaries help to remind fans time and again that the stars they worship are only human, prone to every fault and problem of the human condition.

Here are a few well-made documentaries which offer a close and personal insight into the celebrities we see gracing our screens.

1
Framing Britney Spears
From a pop sensation to a prisoner in her own home, Britney Spears’ story is as tragic as they come. Hounded by paparazzi, sexualized at a very young age and misjudged and misunderstood at every point in her life, this documentary came as a Godsend to the star. The film throws light on the conditions of Spear’s conservatorship, among many other things, which she was put into following her mental breakdown in 2007. This sparked the beginning of a movement by her fans, putting into motion legal proceedings to address the conservatorship, under which Britney Spears has little to no control over her finances, her body or even her own life.
2
Miss Americana
7.5OTTplay Rating
The Taylor Swift documentary Miss Americana was not only highly acclaimed by critics, but it also became one of the most rated documentaries on IMDB. The film takes us through the Grammy-winning singer’s life not only involving her art, but also her struggles and tough decisions. It offers vulnerable portrayals of her struggles with an eating disorder, her need to be liked and what went behind her decision to engage in political advocacy.
3
Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated
8OTTplay Rating
Released on the heels of Demi Lovato’s sixth studio album, Simply Complicated chronicles not only the work that went into creating the highly successful album, but also narrates the singer’s struggles as well. Lovato’s struggles with mental illness and addiction, which are at times mirrored in their work, are delved into in this documentary.
4
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry
7.5OTTplay Rating
Billie Eilish has tasted success in the cutthroat music industry at a very young age. Topping billboards with her albums, people seem to forget that underneath all the riches and fame, is a young person like anyone else at that age. The documentary Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry takes the viewer through all that goes behind the songs she brings to stage; the frustrations, effort and self-doubt that goes into each one.
5
NikkieTutorials: Layers Of Me
8.6OTTplay Rating
Makeup artist Nikkie de Jager, whose name has become eponymous with her Youtube channel Nikkie Tutorials, had to come out as trans in the most gut-wrenching way possible, blackmailed to do so when someone threatened to reveal her secrets. The events surrounding her difficult decision is showcased in detail in the four-part documentary on Youtube titled NikkieTutorials: Layers of Me. Viewers also get a glimpse into other aspects of her life in addition to the big moments she has shared with followers, her life as an artist, the challenges and highs, in addition to delving into the Youtube stars greatest insecurities and struggles.
6
This is Paris
7.3OTTplay Rating
Paris Hilton has had a lot of unsavoury things said about her. Through the documentary This is Paris, she takes the mic into her own hands to tell her story. Childhood trauma and a strange melancholy all the wealth in the world cannot fix hides behind the shallow façade the socialite has created for herself, and this documentary makes a deep-dive to explore them.
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