Selena Gomez
Actress, singer
Selena Gomez
Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer 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. She made her starring theatrical film debut in Ramona and Beezus.
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Playlist: The Playlist: Selena Gomez Chides an Ex, and Remy Ma Stomps on a Foe
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Selena Gomez Rocked An Anti-Trump Outfit To Grammy After-Party
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In Defense Of Letting Yourself Go
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By Dayna Evans For someone who’s never had a baby, I know a hell of a lot about “baby weight.” After Jessica Simpson gave birth to her first child in 2012, she was criticized publicly for how much weight she’d gained during pregnancy; the news cycle speculated so obsessively over Simpson’s body and potential “bounce back” that it inspired a Jezebel story cataloging 109 of the worst headlines. “Despite battle to lose 70 pounds, Jessica Simpson binges on birthday brownies,” wrote the Examiner; “Jessica Simpson is Working Her Way Back to Her Daisy Dukes,” wrote OK! How ghastly! Ack! The lady had put on too many pounds after, lord have mercy, bringing a real human life into the world. And after she admitted that her body was “not bouncing back like a supermodel,” Simpson, then 31, worked extra hard to get herself back into fighting form. Drew Barrymore admitted to the same disgrace recently: putting on 20 pounds when she’d been going through a divorce. “I had sort of let myself go,” s ...
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Selena Gomez Gets Real About 'Difficult Time' During 90-Day Rehab Stay
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Selena Gomez’s new project is hitting close to home.  The pop star is no stranger to the world of acting, but this time she’s stepping behind the camera to executive produce “13 Reasons Why,” an upcoming Netflix series that doesn’t shy away from issues like depression, suicide and bullying.  Based off the young adult fiction novel of the same name, “13 Reasons Why” follows a high school student named Clay who discovers tapes from a classmate, Hannah, who recently committed suicide. The recordings detail the reasons behind her decision to take her own life, one of which happens to be him. Gomez was originally in talks to play Hannah when she and her mom optioned the book in 2011, but took on the role of executive producer when the series was developed for Netflix.  Speaking at a Netflix press event on Wednesday, Gomez drew parallels between the characters in the series and her own personal struggles as of late, explaining that she missed most of shooting because of her rehab ...
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Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Leave Venice After PDA-Filled Week in Italy -- See the Pic! - Entertainment Tonight
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Entertainment Tonight Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Leave Venice After PDA-Filled Week in Italy -- See the Pic! Entertainment Tonight The couple wrapped up their Venice tour on Tuesday, checking out of their hotel and jumping on a waiting boat out of the city. WATCH: Selena Gomez Continues Romantic Trip to Italy With The Weeknd, Gives Sweet Shout-Out to Her Mom. Gomez looked chic ... Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, The Weeknd won't have any awkward Grammy momentsThe Mercury News Justin Bieber NOT Skipping Grammys Over The Weeknd Performing, Despite ReportGossip Cop Selena Gomez & The Weeknd Are Headed to the Grammys Together!Just Jared The Inquisitr -Papermag -AceShowbiz -International Business Times UK all 45 news articles »
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The Weeknd Gives Selena Gomez the Sweetest Look During Romantic Italy Trip - E! Online
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E! Online The Weeknd Gives Selena Gomez the Sweetest Look During Romantic Italy Trip E! Online Many girls would love to have a guy look at her the way The Weeknd looked at the singer during their trip to Italy. The new couple traveled to Florence earlier this week. On Friday, they were photographed getting out of a black SUV together, with The ... Amore! Selena Gomez and the Weeknd Hold Hands During Museum Date in FlorencePEOPLE.com EXCLUSIVE PICS: Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Enjoy PDA-Filled Romantic Dinner in ItalyEntertainment Tonight The Weeknd Admires Selena Gomez From Afar On Romantic Italy Trip — Stunning PicHollywood Life Us Weekly -Just Jared -J-14 Magazine -TMZ.com all 108 news articles »
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Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Look ''Smitten'' While Hanging Out With Famous Friends - E! Online
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E! Online Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Look ''Smitten'' While Hanging Out With Famous Friends E! Online Looks like The Weeknd and Selena Gomez just took their relationship to the next level...they got their friends' stamp of approval! The rumored couple stepped out in Hollywood on Wednesday night with a group of their famous friends—including French ... It's Official: Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Are Following Each Other on InstagramUs Weekly Selena Gomez and the Weeknd's night out at Dave & Buster'sPage Six Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Have Celebrity Conspiracy Theorists on High AlertVanity Fair TMZ.com -Entertainment Tonight -Observer -Celebuzz all 127 news articles »
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Bella Hadid Flips the Bird While Out in NYC Days After The Weeknd & Selena Gomez Take Romance Public - E! Online
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E! Online Bella Hadid Flips the Bird While Out in NYC Days After The Weeknd & Selena Gomez Take Romance Public E! Online The 20-year-old model flipped the bird to members of the paparazzi while walking in New York City in what marked one of her first public appearances since her ex The Weeknd and Selena Gomez went public with their new romance earlier this week. Bella ... Bella Hadid Flips the Bird After Selena Gomez and the Weeknd Are Spotted KissingPEOPLE.com Selena Gomez Claps Back At Bella Hadid's Offense To Her Scooping Up The Weeknd -- Here We Go!PerezHilton.com Selena Gomez Isn't Breaking Friend Rules By Dating The WeekndTMZ.com Entertainment Tonight -The Hollywood Gossip -Comicbook.com -Bustle all 151 news articles »
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Has The Weeknd Been Singing About Selena Gomez All Along?
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Everyone freaked out about The Weeknd making out with Selena Gomez this past Tuesday night in Santa Monica. Selena Gomez has found a new boo ... The Weeknd! Her squad might not be too happy about it though. pic.twitter.com/t8avpP8UNR — TMZ (@TMZ) January 12, 2017 Then everyone freaked out when Bella Hadid unfollowed Selena Gomez on Instagram. Well, it’s time to freak out again, because it looks like The Weeknd may have sneaked a Selena Gomez reference in one of his songs. Let’s investigate. In his new song “Party Monster,” there’s one lyric in particular that calls out Gomez: “Like Selena, a** shaped like Selena.” Listen to it for yourself 59 seconds into the music video below. Fans have certainly made the connection. Just realized which Selena's ass @theweeknd is singing about in party monster and I am not happy — Val (@XoValerie_Babe) January 12, 2017 Now I get why you said "ass shaped like Selena" @thewee ...
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Bella Hadid Unfollows Selena Gomez After Kissing Photos With The Weeknd Surface
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Photos surfaced of The Weeknd kissing Selena Gomez in Santa Monica on Tuesday night, right outside the restaurant Giorgio Baldi. Major plot twist, right? Well The Weeknd’s ex, supermodel Bella Hadid, unfollowed Gomez on Instagram shortly after the news hit the internet. According to Instagram screenshots taken by Elle.com, the timing is too uncanny to be a coincidence. Interestingly enough, Hadid still follows The Weeknd: Although The Weeknd and Hadid split back in November, it can’t be easy to see your ex move on so publicly. Now all we’re wondering is what Taylor Swift thinks of all this drama. She’s close friends with the Hadids AND Gomez, so we’re curious whose side she’s on.  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58766c11e4b03c8a02d49938,58769b85e4b03c8a02d5297a,587666b5e4b05b7a465ced1b,58765c85e4b03c8a02d46f96 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for person ...
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Selena Gomez Fans Think New Music Is Coming After This Instagram Post
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Selena Gomez’s first 2017 Instagram post has left fans wondering if she’ll be releasing new music soon. New year, new music, right?   Vente pa' ca A photo posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Jan 7, 2017 at 12:40pm PST The caption translated from Spanish means “come over here,” but savvy music connoisseurs may also recognize this as the title to Ricky Martin’s latest hit song “Vente Pa’ Ca,” which has also been released in English.  The Spanish caption could also hint at the fact that Selena Gomez is collaborating with Latin megastar Paulina Rubio on her upcoming album’s “danceable” hits. One thing’s for sure: The Selenators Twitterverse is absolutely LIVING for the possibility of new Selena Gomez jams. And we don’t blame them.  NEW MUSIC COMING AHH #Selenators #BestFanArmy #iHeartAwards #SG2 @SelenaGomez pic.twitter.com/dBQgNzTAlW — SMG_kindness (@SMG_Kindness) January 7, 2017 The only thing I know is that I need ...
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From Kimye vs. Taylor to Kimye vs. Bette Midler: The best celebrity feuds of 2016
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For a lot of us, famous and normals alike, 2016 was a narrative we would like to be excluded from and that we never asked to be a part of.  But if nothing else, it was a great year for celebrity gossip. Thanks to social media, egos and impulse control had a banner year — for better and most certainly for worse. Here are the best celebrity feuds of a very petty year. 6. Selena Gomez vs. Justin Bieber Image: darren calabres/AP Jelena is over, but the wounds haven't healed. Gomez defended Beliebers that were upset by a series of photos Bieber Instagrammed of his girl of the moment, Sofia Richie, commenting, "If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol." Bieber responded writing, "It's funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love." Eventually, Gomez Snapchatted an apology, because feuds are now a cross-platform affair.  Bieber eventually deleted his Instagram account and Gomez went on a social me ...
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Mother dies after falling out of Colorado ski resort chairlift - New York Daily News
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New York Daily News Mother dies after falling out of Colorado ski resort chairlift New York Daily News EXCLUSIVE: Selena Gomez Beats Out Taylor Swift and Beyonce for Most Popular Instagram User of 2016! Donald Trump: NAFTA Is One Lane Highway Into Mexico. Apple and Onion Stuffin' Muffins. 1 dead; 2 injured after falling from ski lift in Colorado. Texas mom who died in Ski Granby Ranch chairlift fall with daughters was from San AntonioThe Denver Post 1 Dead After Fall From Colorado Chairlift: PoliceWLS-TV Mom dies, daughters hurt in fall from Colo. ski resort chairlift11alive.com kfor.com -Los Angeles Times -New York Post -KTLA all 59 news articles »
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Best Beauty Moments Of 2016 — Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift & More - Hollywood Life
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Hollywood Life Best Beauty Moments Of 2016 — Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift & More Hollywood Life With so many red carpets and major events this year, we were overwhelmed with hair and makeup looks to love. From Bella Hadid's glitter lips on the runway to Taylor Swift's blunt bob and signature red lips, see our top 10 picks for the best beauty ... Chinese toddler miraculously survives after being hit by truckNew York Daily News Selena Gomez has the most liked photos on InstagramChron.com Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Reunite in 'Carpool Karaoke' Mash-Up and She Loves ItAceShowbiz The Inquisitr -Elite Daily -Enstarz -Gotta Be Mobile all 30 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Selena Gomez
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 23
    Gomez appeared in a fashion campaign for luxury brand Louis Vuitton in June 2016.
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    In 2016, Gomez appeared in ads for Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Gomez appeared in advertisements for the campaign and lyrics from two of Gomez's songs will be featured on packages of Coke products nationwide.
    Gomez starred in the drama film The Fundamentals of Caring, alongside Paul Rudd, which was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 29, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released on June 24. It was met with a mixed critical reception. She is also set to star in In Dubious Battle with James Franco; the film has no official release date. Gomez will also be the executive producer of the Netflix miniseries 13 Reasons Why, based on the 2007 novel of the same name. Gomez has began working on her third studio album while touring, and added a new song titled "Feel Me" to the setlist of her Revival Tour. The album, which currently has no title or release date, will be her second release through Interscope Records. Gomez is described as a pop singer, showcasing the genre in form of dance-pop and incorporating EDM into her sound. She is also noted to feature prominent influences of Eurodance, and her music has also been described as Europop. As her career has been progressing, she has been experimenting with a large number of music genres. While her debut album with The Scene was inspired in electronic rock and pop rock, her following records with the band opted for a more electropop-focused and dance-pop sound. A Year Without Rain noted a Eurodance feel and When the Sun Goes Down went into a more electro-disco- and teen pop-influenced musical direction. Her debut solo record Stars Dance was rooted in the EDM-pop genre, and Gomez herself described it as "baby dubstep", featuring elements from multiple genres as electronic, disco, techno or dancehall.
    After touring in North America, Asia and Oceania, she cancelled the European and South America leg of the tour in August 2016 due to anxiety, panic attacks and depression caused by her lupus.
    More Details Hide Details Gomez had a supporting role in the comedy film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising; she portrayed the president of a sorority. Her collaboration with Charlie Puth, "We Don't Talk Anymore" (2016), went on to achieve commercial success following its release.
    She was the musical guest on the January 23, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live, with host Ronda Rousey.
    More Details Hide Details Gomez embarked on her worldwide Revival Tour (2016) on May 6. Gomez claimed that the tour would focus solely on her as an artist, thus features less choreography and effects as her previous tour.
    She embarked on her worldwide Revival Tour in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Gomez is currently working on her third studio album. Outside of entertainment, releasing her own clothing line through Kmart in 2010 and a self-titled fragrance in 2013. She has worked with various charitable organizations for years, and became a UNICEF ambassador at the age of seventeen. Since the start of her career, Gomez has gone on to sell over 6.7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide, according to Billboard. Gomez has earned a number of awards and nominations for her work as an actress and singer, and has won an ALMA Award, a MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Women in Music award, a People's Choice Award, two Young Hollywood Awards and fifteen Teen Choice Awards.
  • 2015
    Age 22
    Gomez released her second studio album, Revival (2015), on October 9, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The album was met with a positive reaction from critics, who praised the album's production and lyrical content. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of 117,000 equivalent album units. This remains Gomez's highest first week sales to date. "Same Old Love" (2015) was released as the album's second single, and went on to top the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, tying with "Good for You" as her highest charting effort. "Hands to Myself" was the album's third single, which became her third consecutive number one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. This made Gomez one of only six female artists to have three singles from the same album top the chart. Gomez had a cameo role in the film The Big Short, which was released on December 11 by Paramount Pictures.
    In August 2015, Gomez appeared in the documentary Unity among many other actors and actresses.
    More Details Hide Details She reprised the role of Mavis in Hotel Transylvania 2, which was released on September 25; the film was met with a positive critical and commercial reception upon its release.
    Gomez released "Good for You" (2015) as the lead single from her second studio album on June 22, 2015; the single features rapper ASAP Rocky.
    More Details Hide Details The song sold 179,000 copies in its first week of release alone, and went on to became her first top five single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The single became her first to top the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
    Gomez became the face of hair-care brand Pantene in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 21
    Gomez officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records in December 2014.
    More Details Hide Details While working on her second studio album, Gomez collaborated with Zedd for his single "I Want You to Know" (2015), released as the lead single from his sophomore album on February 23. The single became Gomez's fourth top twenty entry on the Billboard Hot 100, and received a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
    The project, filmed prior to Gomez's stint in rehab, was released in August 2014 to a generally negative critical and commercial reception.
    More Details Hide Details Even the author of the original autobiographical novel, has disavowed the film. She later appeared in the film Rudderless (2014), the directorial debut of William H. Macy. The independent film received a mixed reception from critics. In April of that year, it was reported that Gomez had fired her mother and stepfather as her managers; the two had managed Gomez since her career began. Gomez later signed with the WME and Brillstein companies to manage her career. The news of Gomez's new management also fueled rumors that her recording contract with Hollywood Records was ending, and that Gomez was searching for a new label. Gomez surprise released her new single "The Heart Wants What It Wants" (2014) on November 6, and confirmed after months of speculation that she would be releasing a compilation album as a means of finishing out her contract with Hollywood Records. The single went on to become her second top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and sold over one million copies in the United States. Gomez released her first solo compilation album, For You (2014), on November 24. The album received minimal promotion and failed to achieve much commercial success, selling 35,506 equivalent album units in the United States during its first week of release, and entered the Billboard 200 at number twenty-four.
    In January 2014, it was reported that Gomez had spent two weeks at Dawn at The Meadows, which is a treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona that specializes in treating addiction and trauma in young people.
    More Details Hide Details Her representative stated that she had spent time there "voluntarily but not for substance abuse." Despite initially neglecting to comment, Gomez confirmed in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, lupus, and that she had cancelled the tour and entered rehab to undergo chemotherapy. Gomez appeared in the film Behaving Badly (2014) with Dylan McDermott and Nat Wolff.
    After touring in North America and Europe, the tour was set to continue throughout 2014, though Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asian leg of the tour in December 2013, claiming that she would be taking a hiatus to spend time with her family.
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    She also began a relationship with Justin Bieber that year, which lasted until 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 20
    Gomez embarked on her Stars Dance Tour on August 14, 2013.
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    She also starred in the Disney channel special The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Despite her earlier claims that she would be taking a break from her music career, Gomez confirmed in October 2012 that she was working on new material. She later confirmed that she would be releasing her solo debut album, as opposed to another album with her band. Gomez released "Come & Get It" as the lead single from the album. The single became Gomez's first top ten entry on the Billboard Hot 100. Stars Dance was released on July 23, 2013. It became her first album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, where it sold 97,000 copies in its first week. It was Gomez's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album remained in the top ten in its second week, though declined down the chart in the following weeks. The record was met with mixed reviews where some music critics noticed her inability to create her own musical identity and her lack of vocal abilities "doesn't help." Gomez incorporated choreography and dance routines into her promotional performances and music videos for the album, feeling inspired by artists such as Janet Jackson and Britney Spears. As of September 2015, the album has sold 392,000 copies in the United States, making it her lowest selling studio album to date in the country. It remains her only studio effort to not receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
    In 2013, Gomez starred in the film Getaway, alongside Ethan Hawke.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a critical and commercial failure, and earned Gomez a nomination for Worst Actress at the 34th Golden Raspberry Awards.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2012
    Age 19
    Gomez confirmed in January 2012 that she would be taking a break from her music career, thus placing Selena Gomez & the Scene on an ongoing hiatus.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Wizards of Waverly Place officially ended its run on the Disney channel after four successful seasons. Gomez hoped to focus on her film career outside of Disney, and starred alongside Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi in the animated film Hotel Transylvania (2012). The film premiered at the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival and was released on September 28, 2012. Gomez had a role in the controversial exploitation film Spring Breakers (2013), starring James Franco. The film saw Gomez in a more mature role than her previous works, and reportedly led to Gomez having a "bit of a meltdown on set."
  • 2011
    Age 18
    It was announced on July 14, 2011, that Gomez had signed a license agreement with Adrenalina, an extreme sports and adventure-themed lifestyle brand, to develop, manufacture, and distribute the actress's fragrance.
    More Details Hide Details Chairman and C.E.O. of Adrenalina, Ilia Lekach, said, "We are incredibly enthused to be working with Ms. Gomez and will reveal more details pertaining to the fragrance as we get closer to the launch date." The perfume was released in May 2012.
    In 2011, Gomez starred in the film Monte Carlo.
    More Details Hide Details Her character Grace is teenager "mistaken for a socialite while on a trip to Paris." To prepare for the role, Gomez learned how to play polo and also took two weeks of vocal training to learn two different British accents.
  • 2010
    Age 17
    Having previously announced plans to launch a fashion line, Gomez launched Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The collection consisted of, and featured, bohemian dresses, floral tops, jeans, skirts, jackets, scarves and hats, all of which were made from recycled or eco-friendly materials. Gomez stated, "With my line, I really want to give the customer options on how they can put their own looks together I want the pieces that can be easy to dress up or down, and the fabrics being eco-friendly and organic is super important Also, the tags will all have some of my inspirational quotes on them. I'm just looking to send a good message." To design the actual items, Gomez teamed up with designers Tony Melillo and Sandra Campos, both of whom had previously worked with big-name fashion houses. Melillo and Campos teamed with New York-based Adjmi Apparel to manufacture the brand, which was formed by Adjmi CH Brands LLC, the holding company for the brand.
    In 2010, Gomez starred as one of the two female leads in Ramona and Beezus, a film adaption of the children's novel series by Beverly Cleary.
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered on July 23, 2010, and it was met with generally positive reviews. Selena Gomez & the Scene released their second studio album that same year., which debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 4 with sales of a little over 66,000. The album received mixed to positive reviews where some noticed that Gomez's vocals contained the Auto-Tune effect. The record's two singles both achieved moderate success.
  • 2009
    Age 16
    The group released their debut studio album in August 2009., which debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States, with first week sales of 66,000 copies.
    More Details Hide Details The album received a mixed reception, some critics praised the album for its "fun" nature, while others criticized Gomez for her vocal performance. The lead single failed to have commercial success, however the second single was successful. With heavy promotion through Disney and performances, the song had success on radio and with sales.
    On August 28, 2009, Gomez starred in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, a television film based on the series.
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered to an audience of 11.4 million viewers becoming cable's No. 1 scripted telecast of 2009 and Disney Channel's second most-viewed film premiere after High School Musical 2. The film won the series its second consecutive Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Program" at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Hoping to achieve a successful crossover into music, Gomez formed the pop-rock band Selena Gomez & the Scene through her record deal with Hollywood Records. The name of the band is an "ironic jab" at the people who called Gomez a "wannabe scene."
    Gomez, along with Lovato, starred in the Disney Channel film Princess Protection Program, which aired in June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a critical success, and had a total of 8.5 million viewers during its premiere. For the film, Gomez and Lovato recorded the song "One and the Same", which was later released as a promotional single. She later provided the voice of Princess Selenia in the animated film Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard.
  • 2008
    Age 15
    Gomez was involved in the UR Votes Count campaign which encouraged teenagers to learn more about 2008 presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2008, Gomez participated in St. Jude's Children's Hospital "Runway For Life" benefit. That same month, Gomez was named UNICEF's spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. She said that she was "extremely excited" to "encourage other kids to make a difference in the world." In August 2009, a 17-year-old Gomez became the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever, passing fellow songstress Hayley Westenra, who was 18 when she was chosen. In her first official field mission, Gomez traveled to Ghana on September 4, 2009 for a week to witness first-hand the stark conditions of vulnerable children that lack vital necessities including clean water, nourishment, education and healthcare. Gomez explained, during an interview with Associated Press correspondents, that she wanted to use her star power to bring awareness to Ghana: "That's why I feel very honored to have a voice that kids listen to and take into consideration I had people on my tour asking me where IS Ghana, and they Googled it and because I went there, they now know where Ghana is. So it's pretty incredible." Gomez said, of her role as ambassador, that "Every day 25,000 children die from preventable causes. I stand with UNICEF in the belief that we can change that number from 25,000 to zero. I know we can achieve this because every moment, UNICEF is on the ground providing children with the lifesaving assistance needed to ensure zero becomes a reality."
    Gomez formed her own production company in 2008, which she called July Moon Productions.
    More Details Hide Details She partnered with XYZ Films for the project, giving Gomez the opportunity to option articles, hire writers and create talent packages to shop to studios. Gomez was slated to release two films under the company. The first, titled What Boys Want, with Gomez as a girl who could hear the thoughts of men. She later announced the film Thirteen Reasons Why, in which she was to play a young girl who commits suicide; ultimately, neither film was released. Gomez continued to have mainstream success throughout the following year, appearing as Alex Russo in a crossover episode of the Disney series The Suite Life on Deck. She later made a guest appearance on the Disney series Sonny With a Chance, starring Lovato. She appeared in a remix of the Forever the Sickest Kids's single "Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)", released as a single in April of that year.
    Gomez briefly dated fellow Disney star Nick Jonas in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Gomez later appeared in the music video for the song "Burnin' Up", which the Jonas Brothers had recorded and released, and later, she also appeared in an episode of the reality series Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream. While working on the second season of Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez appeared on the Disney channel special Studio DC: Almost Live alongside various other Disney stars. She contributed a cover of the song "Cruella de Vil" to the compilation album DisneyMania 6, and later recorded the original song "Fly to Your Heart" for the soundtrack of the animated film Tinker Bell. She had a leading role, as an aspiring dancer, in the musical film Another Cinderella Story that same year. The film was released to generally positive reviews, and won the 2010 Writers Guild of America Award for Children's script-long form or special. Gomez recorded three songs for the soundtrack, and released one of them, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know", as a promotional single. Later that year, Gomez had the supporting role of Helga in the animated film Horton Hears a Who! The film was a commercial success, and went on to gross nearly three hundred million dollars worldwide. At 16 years of age, Gomez was signed to a recording contract with the Hollywood Records label, which had already signed both Cyrus and Lovato.
  • 2007
    Age 14
    Gomez was given a recurring role on the popular Disney channel series Hannah Montana in 2007, portraying pop star Mikayla.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Gomez filmed pilot episodes for two potential Disney Channel series; the first, titled Arwin!, a spin-off of the Suite Life series, while the second was a spin-off of the series Lizzie McGuire. She later auditioned for a role in the Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place, ultimately winning the lead role of Alex Russo. Upon receiving the role, Gomez and her mother moved to Hollywood; Lovato and her family also moved to Hollywood, hoping to achieve similar success to Gomez. Wizards of Waverly Place saw Gomez portraying a teenage girl in a family of wizards who own a restaurant in New York. The series quickly became a hit for the network, propelling Gomez to more mainstream success. The series received numerous nominations and awards. Gomez recorded the theme song for the series, titled "Everything is Not What It Seems."
  • 2006
    Age 13
    Gomez made a guest appearance in a 2006 episode of the Disney series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 9
    Gomez appeared in fourteen episodes of the show between 2002 and 2004, though the show's producers released her as she was getting "too old" for the series.
    More Details Hide Details While working on the series, Gomez had a cameo role in the film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and the made-for-television film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005). With experience now under her belt, Gomez auditioned for roles under the Disney channel company along with Lovato.
    Both girls were later selected to appear on the series in 2002, with Gomez portraying the character of Gianna.
    More Details Hide Details The show was her first experience in acting, with Gomez recalling, "I was very shy when I was little I didn't know what 'camera right' was. I didn't know what blocking was. I learned everything from Barney."
  • 1995
    Age 2
    Gomez was named after Tejano singer and actress Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who died in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Her father is of Mexican descent while her mother, who was adopted, has some 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 we go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church." Gomez's parents divorced when she was five years old, and she remained with her mother. Gomez has two siblings. Her sister, Gracie Elliot Teefey, was born to Amanda and her second husband Brian Teefey on June 12, 2013. Gomez has a second sister, Victoria "Tori" Gomez, born to Ricardo and his wife Sara on June 25, 2014. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010. When Gomez was born, her mother was sixteen years old. The family had financial troubles during Gomez's childhood, with her mother struggling to provide for the pair. At one point, Gomez recalled the pair had to search for quarters just to get gas for their car. Her mother later recalled the two would frequently walk to their local dollar store to purchase spaghetti for dinner, though got by. Gomez stated, "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.
  • 1992
    Born
    Selena Marie Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas on July 22, 1992, to Ricardo Joel Gomez and former stage actress Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Cornett.
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