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Celeb Funfact of the Day: Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez is an American actress and singer who gained international recognition in her early teens after having starred in successful Disney productions and releasing critically-acclaimed music albums. If you would like to know more about Selena, browse through 20 fun facts we have prepared for you!

  1. Selena Marie Gomez was born on 22 July 1992 to Ricardo Joel Gomez and Amanda Dawn Cornett.
  2. Selena’s parents divorced when she was five years old. Her mother remarried in 2006 to Brian Teefey.
  3. Selena is of the Italian and Mexican descent.
  4. She was named after late singer and actress Selena Quintanilla-Pérez who died in 1995.
  5. Selena attended the Danny Jones Middle School in Texas.
  6. Selena debuted as Gianna in the children television show “Barney & Friends.” She met singer and actress Demi Lovato at that time.
  7. Selena and Demi Lovato had a YouTube show which was called “The Demi and Selena Show.” They also starred in the Disney movie “Princess Protection Program” in 2009.
  8. Selena rose to fame with the role of Alex Russo in the popular Disney television series “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Interestingly enough, she got the role after a nationwide casting call.
  9. Selena had a recurring role in the successful Disney television series “Hannah Montana.” She portrayed Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana) nemesis – popstar Mikayla.
  10. Selena signed the recording contract with the Hollywood Records when was 16 years old.
  11. Selena released three studio albums with her band The Scene – “Kiss & Tell,” “A Year Without Rain” and “When the Sun Goes Down”. All of them charted on the US Billboard 200 and became top-ten albums.
  12. Selena released her first solo album “Stars Dance” in 2013, which ranked #1 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. Her second album “Revival” was released two years later and repeated the commercial success of its predecessor.
  13. Selena states that Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Rihanna are her musical influences. Selena’s second solo album “Revival” was strongly influenced by Christina Aguilera and Janet Jackson.
  14. Selena’s role mode is actress Rachel McAdams.
  15. Selena wore a purity ring from 2005 to 2010 which had the following inscription: “true love waits.”
  16. Selena contributes to various charity causes. She helps raise awareness about the violence against women for Raise Hope for Congo and she serves as the UNICEF ambassador.
  17. Selena was suffering from lupus, which is an autoimmune disease. She had a kidney transplant back in 2017. The donor was her friend, Francia Raisa.
  18. Selena was raised Catholic. She currently attends the Hillsong Church.
  19. Selena is an executive producer of the critically-acclaimed Netflix television series “13 Reasons Why,” which deals with teen suicide.
  20. Selena is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including one ALMA Award, one American Music Award, six ASCAP Pop Music Awards, two Billboard Women in Music Awards, three Global Awards, one iHeartRadio Music Award, two iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards, one iHeartRadio Titanium Award, two Latin American Music Awards, one MTV Millennial Award, one MTV Video Music Award, eleven American Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, one NRJ Music Award, one People’s Choice Award, eight Radio Disney Music Awards, 18 Teen Choice Awards and two Young Hollywood Awards.