Selena Gomez Merch
Selena Gomez Merch - Life & career
Selena was born in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the daughter of former stage actress, Amanda Dawn Mandy Cornett & Ricardo Joel Rick Gomez. Her father is of Mexican ancestry; her mother, who was adopted, is of Italian ancestry. Regarding her Hispanic heritage, Gomez has stated, “My family does have Quinceañeras, and we go to the communion church.
We do everything that’s Catholic, but we don’t really have anything traditional except go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church.” Her birth parents divorced when she was five years old, and she was raised as an only child by her working mother. In 2006, Mandy remarried Brian Teefey.
This led to the family having financial troubles, with her mother struggling to provide for them. On the situation, Gomez stated, “I remember my mom would run out of gas all of the time and we’d sit there and have to go through the car and get quarters and help her get gas because she never liked to ask my grandparents for money.
I remember having a lot of macaroni and cheese but my mom never made it seem like it was a big deal. She was really strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility. My mom gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me, sacrificed her life for me.”
Gomez later elaborated on the topic, stating “I definitely didn’t appreciate it when I was little. I was frustrated that my parents weren’t together, and never saw the light at the end of the tunnel where my mom was working hard to provide a better life for me. I’m terrified of what I would have become if I’d stayed in Texas.” She was named after Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who died almost three years after Gomez was born.
While attending school as a child, Gomez has stated on numerous occasions that she was the victim of bullying. When speaking of the situation, Gomez said “I was bullied every second of every day in elementary and middle school Obviously, people are going to bring you down because of your drive. But, ultimately, it makes you a stronger person to turn your cheek and go the other way.” She later added, “I was never the popular kid at school.
I had two friends, but I just sat at the back of the room and got on with my work. School is such an awkward time in your life. I was never confident in school.” In a 2009 interview with People, Gomez mentioned that she developed an early interest in acting from watching her mother prepare for and act in theatre productions. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010.
Gomez began her acting career at age seven, playing Gianna on Barney & Friends. She later had minor roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire. Gomez also starred in the television movie Brain Zapped.
In 2004, Gomez was discovered by the Disney Channel in a USA-wide scouting. Gomez appeared as a guest star on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and had a guest appearance – that later turned into a recurring role – on Hannah Montana from seasons two to three.
Gomez previously taped two different pilots that were spin-offs to two previous Disney series. The first one, What’s Stevie Thinking?, was the spin-off to Lizzie McGuire. Gomez played Stevie Sanchez, Miranda Sanchez’s little sister. The other show was titled Arwin!, the spin-off to The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in which she played Alexa. Neither series was picked up.