Selena Gomez Early Life
Selena Marie Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, on July 22, 1992, to Amanda Cornett and Ricardo Gomez. Her mother, commonly known as Mandy, gave birth to Gomez at the age of 16. When she was five her parents divorced and the youngster – named after Tejano singer Selena – was raised by her single young mum. She made her starring theatrical film debut in Ramona and Beezus. Her career has expanded into the music industry; Gomez is the lead singer and founder of the pop band Selena Gomez & the Scene, which has released two RIAA Gold certified studio albums, Kiss & Tell and A Year Without Rain. The band has sold 1,354,000 albums in the United States. Gomez has also contributed to the soundtracks of Tinker Bell, Another Cinderella Story and Wizards of Waverly Place after signing a record deal with Hollywood Records. Selena Marie Gomez is best known for portraying Alex Russo in the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. She subsequently ventured into feature films and has starred in the television movies Another Cinderella Story, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, and Princess Protection Program.
Selena Marie Gomez, a worldwide superstar, but to two little girls, she’s also a big sister.
Selena Gomez Biography and Profile
Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American actress, singer, in Grand Prairie, Texas, Selena Gomez got her start in show business with a two-year run on the kids show Barney and Friends. After a few bit parts in movies, Gomez guest starred on the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana. In 2007, she was cast as the lead for Wizards of Waverly Place, and in 2009 she released the pop album Kiss & Tell.
Other projects over the years include the 2013 film Spring Breakers and the 2015 album Revival, featuring the single “Good for You.” Gomez has also earned praise for going public with her battle with lupus.
‘Lose You to Love Me’
Fans are convinced that “Lose You to Love Me” is about Gomez’s Selena breakup with her ex, Justin Bieber. She spoke about getting out of a “toxic” relationship two years ago (around the time she split with Bieber) on the “Zach Sang Show” last month.
“I’m very proud of it. It has a different meaning to me now from when I wrote it. I felt I didn’t get a respectful closure, and I had accepted that, but I know I needed some way to just say a few things that I wish I had said. It’s not a hateful song; it’s a song that is saying — I had something beautiful and I would never deny that it wasn’t that. It was very difficult and I’m happy it’s over. And I felt like this was a great way to just say, you know, it’s done, and I understand that, and I respect that, and now here I am stepping into a whole other chapter,” Gomez said.
“You have this co-dependency that you think is love and then you have this addiction to the passion and the frustration with each other that you think, ‘Oh, that’s love,’ or fighting or doing all this stuff, ‘Oh, that’s love,’ and I believed that for a long time.”
Movies, TV Shows and Songs
‘Barney & Friends’
Gomez began her career in show business in 2001 when she performed on the popular children’s program Barney & Friends as Gianna. Dropped from the series after two years, Gomez auditioned for other shows without much success. She landed a small role in the movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over in 2003 and a bit part as Julie on Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire in 2005. She also signed on to play Emily Grace Garcia in Brain Zapped in 2006, and even recorded a song for the show.
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
In 2006, Gomez guest starred as Gwen in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on the Disney Channel. Earning more work from Disney, Gomez was tapped to play the evil Mikayla for the Hannah Montana series. She then landed her first starring role when the channel cast her as Alex Russo in the show Wizards of Waverly Place in 2007. The hit series ran until 2012.
Horton Hears a Who!
In 2008, Gomez made her first animated movie, Horton Hears a Who!, and starred in the ABC Family movie Another Cinderella Story with fellow Disney Channel actor Andrew Seeley. Selena filmed two projects for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise as well. The first was Princess Protection Program, released in 2009 and also starring Demi Lovato. Later in 2009, she starred in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.
Cruella de Vil
Along with her acting, Gomez focused on her burgeoning music career by recording a cover of “Cruella de Vil” for DisneyMania 6 in 2008. She also recorded three tunes for the soundtrack to her movie Another Cinderella Story and a song for the animated movie Tinker Bell. Other feature film contributions included the single “One and the Same” for Princess Protection Program as a duet with Lovato, as well as four songs for the soundtrack to Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.
‘Kiss and Tell’ Debut Album
In 2008, Gomez signed a record contract with Hollywood Records and began working on her debut album, Kiss and Tell, which was released in September 2009. Gomez also had a cameo in the Jonas Brothers’ music video for the single “Burnin’ Up,” released in 2008.
In 2012, Gomez performed the voice of Mavis in the animated film Hotel Transylvania. She then starred alongside James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens, among others, in Harmony Korine’s comedic crime thriller Spring Breakers (2013). That same year, Gomez co-starred with Ethan Hawke in the action thriller Getaway. She also continued to pursue her musical career, releasing Stars Dance in 2013 and a greatest hits collection, For You, in 2014. That same year Gomez was featured in the comedy Behaving Badly, with Mary-Louise Parker.
‘Bad Liar’ and ‘It Ain’t Me’
Gomez returned to the charts with the single “Good for You” in the summer of 2015, and in October of that year released her fifth album, Revival. She also contributed vocals to Hotel Transylvania 2, released that fall as well, and joined the cast of Season 9 of The Voice as a mentor for Gwen Stefani’s team. More success arrived in 2017 with such acclaimed tracks as “Bad Liar” and “It Ain’t Me,” a collaboration with Norwegian DJ Kygo. She also teamed with rapper Gucci Mane for “Fetish” and the mysterious Marshmello for “Wolves.”
‘Back to You’
In 2018, Gomez released the track “Back to You,” for Netflix’s teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why, and revived her role as Mavis in Hotel Transylvania 3. The following year, she returned to the big screen in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die and dropped two new singles, “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now,” from her upcoming studio album. The multi-talented artist was next set to voice a character in the film Doolittle (2020).
In early January 2014, it was reported that Gomez had been battling lupus — an autoimmune disease that can cause facial swelling, fatigue, headaches and joint pain — for more than two years. In September 2017, the singer and actress revealed that advancing symptoms of lupus had forced her to undergo a kidney transplant earlier in the year, with her roommate and friend Francia Raísa serving as the donor.
One month later, Gomez provided details of the experience with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie in an NBC news interview: “She lived with me in this interesting time where my kidneys were just done,” recalled Gomez. “The thought of asking somebody to [donate] was really difficult for me. And she volunteered and did it. … The fact that she was a match, I mean, that’s unbelievable.”
Thanks to Raísa, Gomez was able to quickly move to the operating room for the life-saving procedure. While there were additional complications during the operation, Gomez has recovered nicely, noting that there was a 3 to 5 percent chance of her lupus resurfacing.
On November 19, 2017, Gomez returned to the stage at the American Music Awards. She drew criticism from some for what appeared to be a lip-synced performance, though others supported her overall effort just months after undergoing a life-saving operation.
The following day, Gomez was honored at the Lupus Research Alliance Annual Gala in New York City for helping to raise more than $500,000 toward research for the disease. During her speech, she recalled the moment doctors stressed to her the urgency of undergoing a transplant procedure. “Maybe I wasn’t necessarily really good at knowing what that meant so it actually got to a point where it was life-or-death,” she said. “Thankfully, one of my best friends gave me her kidney and it was the ultimate gift of life. And I am doing quite well now.”
On November 30, 2017, Gomez was named woman of the year at the annual Billboard Women in Music event. “I would like to thank my amazing team and my family because they stuck with me through some really hard times,” she told the crowd. “And I got to do a lot this year, even though I had a couple of other things to do.”
Activism & Business
Outside of acting and music, Gomez has served as a spokesperson for Borden Milk, appearing in the organization’s advertising campaign and print ads. She also worked on a campaign that encouraged teenagers to learn more about the 2008 presidential candidates. A longtime supporter of UNICEF, Gomez became one of the organization’s ambassadors in 2009, and works to help the world’s children through her C.A.N. (Charity, Action, Now) initiative.
In 2017, Gomez teamed with Coach to launch the Selena Grace line of handbags and accessories, and the following year the two sides collaborated again for a ready-to-wear collection.
In summer 2019, it was reported that the artist had filed a trademark for “Selena Gomez” for a series of beauty products, including fragrances, skin-care and hair-care preparations, cosmetics, soaps and essential oils.
Relationships and Romance
After first meeting in 2009, Gomez eventually entered into an on- and off-again relationship with pop star Justin Bieber. She has also been linked to fellow musician The Weeknd.
Gomez has publicly feuded with her mother, Mandy Teefy. The two unfollowed each other on Instagram in December 2017, with some speculating it was because the singer had rekindled her romance with Bieber, though another source said the situation was more complicated than that. Teefy later told Gossip Cop that she wasn’t happy with her daughter dating Bieber, but said there was little she could do about it. “Selena can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy,” she said.
Claiming My Story
The reason why I’ve become so vocal about the trials and tribulations of my life is because people were already going to narrate that for me. I wasn’t going to have a choice because of how fast everything moves now. And most of the time, yes, it’s not true, or it’s an embellished version of what the truth is. I want to be able to tell my story the way that I want to tell it. And all of these things happened, and I wasn’t going to deny that, I wasn’t going to pretend to put a smile on when it actually was awful — a few of the worst moments of my life. And I don’t know if I would have made it. And that’s medical reasons, obviously, and emotional reasons. I just had to find a way to claim my story.
I’m on the proper medication that I need to be on, even as far as my mental health. I fully believe in just making sure you check in with your doctors or therapist. [Taking care of mental health — ] that’s forever. That’s something I will have to continue to work on. Yes, I don’t think I just magically feel better. I have days where it is hard for me to get out of bed, or I have major anxiety attacks. All of that still happens. I think “Fun,” in that particular way, was that I do like learning about it. When I was a kid, I was terrified of thunderstorms; it would freak me out. I was in Texas, so I would assumethat thunder and lightning would mean “tornado.” And so my mom, she would give me these books — and they’re the little thin books for kids to know about “What’s rain?” and “What’s this?” and she just said “The more you learn about it and how it works, the less you’re going to be afraid of it.” I think that took so much work for me.
But the way I find these moments in my life that are pretty difficult, I think the only way it’s helped me is that I can use that for good. So yeah, I can sit down with somebody who’s gone through a lot of health issues, I can sit down with someone who has had their heart completely broken, or a family that’s broken, fighting for their right to stay in this country, or kids who are going through things they shouldn’t even be worrying about at that age. I want to live in a world where an 11-year-old is not committing suicide because of bullying on social media. That’s what I think my real mission is; I think that I have such big dreams and ideas for ways that I can give back. And right now I know that this is something that will be for life.
Selena Gomez Family
Selena Gomez Parents:
Amanda Cornett and Ricardo Gomez. Her mother, commonly known as Mandy.
Selena Gomez Sisters:
Gracie Elliot Teefey, 4, and Victoria “Tori” Gomez
Selena Marie Gomez Biography and Profile