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6 celebrity documentaries you must watch right now

Here are six (and a few more) celebrity documentaries to air this season.

If there is one thing that will last, it is our (perhaps) relentless fascination with the stars. Celebrities, what. Hollywood actors, famous musicians, sports legends – we love to take a look at their lives. Are they like us? What have we missed in their life? Here’s our roundup of the best (relatively new) celebrity documentaries to air right now.

A photo of Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, courtesy of YouTube

What happened, Brittany Murphy? (2021)

Fame: Brittany Murphy | Where to look? HBO Max

Brittany Murphy was best known for her romantic comedies like Distraught and trendy girls but her life was much darker – she died aged 32, with the official cause of death considered serious pneumonia, anemia (iron deficiency) and “multiple drug poisoning”. This true crime documentary promises to investigate the rumors of erratic behavior and drug use that plagued Murphy towards the end of his life – as well as shedding new light on his final days.

Controlling Britney Spears (2021)

Fame: Britney Spears | Where to look? Hulu

Last month Britney Spears’ father was suspended from the 13 years of guardianship this controlled his life and finances – an arrangement which was notably brought to the attention of the public after the release of the documentary Hulu Coaching Britney Spears in February of this year. Part of the The New York Times presents series, the chronological dive into the pop star’s rise to fame, along with the media coverage and scrutiny that accompanied it, helped shine a light on the #FreeBritney movement. Many documentaries related to Britney have been released since (including Britney vs. Spears on netflix and CNN Toxic: Britney Spears’ battle for freedom) but our choice is the journalistic follow-up episode on Hulu, Controlling Britney Spears.

Naomi Osaka (2021)

Fame: Naomi Osaka | Where to look? Netflix

We love Naomi Osaka – the soft-spoken sports star is amazing, very accomplished and a champion of mental health. This pretty portrait of the young biracial tennis player explores her life on and off the court, from her loss to legend Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open final, to her Haitian and Japanese parentage and her life as a House. An inside look at an extremely talented athlete, this one is worth the detour.

Demi Lovato: Dance with the Devil (2021)

Fame: Demi Lovato | Where to look? Youtube

Believe it or not, this documentary is what inspired this article. A pillar of discussion in our office, Demi Lovato: Dance with the Devil is the equally serious and revealing sequel to their 2018 documentary Demi Lovato: Simply complicated (which is also available to watch on YouTube), highlighting the former Disney star’s near-fatal overdose, recovery and drug addiction, and other traumas from their past in the music and theater industry.

Billie Eilish: The World Is A Little Blurry (2021)

Fame: Billie Eilish | Where to look? Apple TV +

When you watch teenage musical sensation Billie Eilish’s quick journey from a single Soundcloud download to a Grammys sweep (11 awards!), It’s no wonder that she’s fiercely followed and consistently topping the charts. This documentary shows the genre-defying artist in her quieter moments, giving us a glimpse of the face behind the superstar.

It’s Paris (2020), Paris Hilton

Fame: Paris Hilton | Where to look? Youtube

You may have noticed an interesting trend among recent documentaries – films attempt to reveal a side of a much scrutinized and misunderstood 2000s starlet. Paris Hilton is no stranger to media coverage, as a permanent tabloid figure and star of so many reality shows. And that’s exactly why you should watch It’s Paris – which details her rise to fame, reveals traumatic abuse during her childhood and her healing journey.

(Hero and featured image from “Framing Britney Spears,” image captured by Spears assistant Felicia Culotta backstage on the set of “Lucky” music video in 2000, courtesy of FX)

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