Selena Gomez Biography
Selena Marie Gomez is an American singer, actress, and producer. The “triple threat” as she is called by media outlets began her acting career on the children’s television series Barney & Friends where she acted thirteen episodes of the show between 2002 and 2004. In her teenage years, she rose to fame for her lead role as Alex Russo in the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place (2007–2012).
Born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie (the fifteenth most populous city in the US), Texas in the United States of America, Selena developed an interest in pursuing a career in entertainment watching her mother who was a stage actress prepare for stage productions.
She is also one of the most-popular figures on social media. As of this writing she has more than 25 million followers on TikTok and just fewer than 200 million followers on Instagram.
|Real Name:||Selena Marie Gomez|
|Date of Birth:||July 22, 1992|
|Place of Birth:||Grand Praire in Texas, USA|
|Occupation:||Singer, Actress, and Producer.|
|Net Worth||$85 million|
Early Life, Childhood and Education
Selena Gomez was born in Grand Praire in Texas, USA on July 22, 1992. Her parents are Ricardo Joel Gomez who is of Mexican descent and Amanda Dawn (Mandy) Cornett, a former stage actress who was who was adopted, and having some Italian ancestry. Her mother was just sixteen when Selena was born. Selena was named after popular singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez.
At the age of five, her parents divorced and Selena remained with her mother who had three jobs so as to be able to support her and cater for her. They had trouble with money as her mother struggled to provide for them. Selena got her high school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010.
Gomez had a close relationship with her grandparents as a child as they were the ones that took care of her while her parents finished their schooling, and she has said they “raised her” until she found success in show business.
Selena started her acting career when she began auditioning for various roles during an audition for Barney & Friends. And was eventually selected to appear on the series in 2002. Selena played the role of “Gianna” on Barney & Friends and appeared in 13 episodes. She appeared in Barney alongside fellow actor, Demi Lovato. She also had a small part role around this time in the film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over in 2003. Also at the early stage of her acting career, she appeared in a recurring role in Disney’s popular Hannah Montana in 2007, where she portrayed a pop star.
Her breakout TV role was the series, Wizards of Waverly Place which aired 106 episodes from 2007-2012 where she ultimately won the lead role of Alex Russo. For her work on Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena was paid $30,000 per episode. She has also appeared in several films and recently launched her own production company, July Moon Productions.
Gomez has also delved into business apart from her singing and acting career. He has a makeup line, Rare Beauty, which was named Startup of the Year at the 2020 WWD Beauty Inc Awards and Best New Brand at the 2021 Allure Best of Beauty Awards. Gomez has also broken 15 Guinness World Records so far.
Selena Gomez’s most critically acclaimed television and film projects include:
- The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2006)
- Hannah Montana (2007)
- Wizards of Waverly Place (2007–2012)
- Another Cinderella Story (2008)
- Princess Protection Program (2009)
- Ramona and Beezus (2010)
- The Muppets (2011)
- Spring Breakers (2012)
- Hotel Transylvania (2012)
- Girl Rising (2013)
- The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (2013)
- Rudderless (2014)
- The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
- Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
- The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
- A Rainy Day in New York (2019)
- Selena + Chef (2020–present)
Only Murders in the Building (2021–present)
Selena was signed at 16 years old to Hollywood Records, the same label who signed Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. She has released three studio albums, two EPs, and one compilation album. Gomez was also the lead singer of the band Selena Gomez and the Scene. They released three studio albums and one remix album.
She has completed two solo tours and three tours with her former band. In September 2017 it was disclosed that Selena had signed a two-year $30 million endorsement deal with the shoe company Puma. The deal makes Selena the new face of Puma alongside Rihanna.
Apart from the endorsement deal with Puma, her fame has also yielded $10 million endorsement deal with bag maker, Coach.
Sequel to her fulfilling career in the world of entertainment and philanthropy, she has been nominated and awarded so many times which brings the tally to over 100 awards won out of over 400 nominations.
Between the periods of 2012 and early 2014, Gomez was diagnosed with lupus (an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in many parts of the body) and later had a kidney transplant from actress and friend Francia Raisa. During the transplant, an artery broke and emergency surgery was conducted to build a new artery using a vein from her leg.
Selena has been in series of romantic relationships with well-known artists. Between 2008 and 2009, Gomez dated singer Nick Jonas and appeared in the music video for his band’s song, “Burnin’ Up”.
Gomez was in an off -and-on relationship with Canadian singer, Justin Bieber from December 2010 to March 2018. In 2015 while she had a break in her relationship with Bieber, she began dating Russian-German DJ Zedd shortly after recording their song “I Want You to Know”. They broke up later that year.]
In January 2017, Gomez began dating Canadian singer and songwriter, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye known on stage as the Weeknd. They moved in together temporarily later on in September, but broke up a month later that same year.
Gomez moved to a $4.9 million mansion in the Los Angeles in 2020.