Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez
Gomez for Vogue in 2021, with dark hair
Gomez at White House in 2022
Selena Marie Gomez

(1992-07-22) July 22, 1992 (age 31)
  • Singer
  • actress
  • producer
  • businesswoman
Years active2002–present
OrganizationRare Beauty
AwardsFull list
Musical career
  • Vocals
Formerly ofSelena Gomez & the Scene

Selena Marie Gomez (/səˈlnə ˈɡmɛz/ sə-LEE-nə GOH-mez; born July 22, 1992)[1] is an American singer and actress.

Early life[change | change source]

Selena Marie Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas, United States of America.[2]Her parents divorced when she was five years old with Selena Gomez staying with her mother.[3][4] Gomez had a close relationship with her grandparents as a child, who said that they "raised her" up until she found success in the entertainment industry.[5] She appeared in various pageants while she was growing up.

Selena Gomez has two siblings. Her sister, Gracie Elliot Teefey, was born to Amanda and Brian Teefey on June 12, 2013.[6][7] Gomez has a second sister, Victoria Gomez, born to Ricardo and Sarah Gomez on June 25, 2014.[8] She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010.[9]

Acting career[change | change source]

When she was 7, Gomez was first featured on the children's television series Barney & Friends – where she befriended fellow child star and singer Demi Lovato – in the early 2000s. In 2007, she came to prominence after being cast in the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. She portrayed the starring character, Alex Russo, until its conclusion in 2012. Gomez entered the film industry with star billings in feature films including Ramona and Beezus (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), Hotel Transylvania (2012), The Big Short (2015), The Fundamentals of Caring (2016), Neighbors 2 (2016), and In Dubious Battle (2016) "The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle" (2019). In 2021, she starred in the hit television comedy crime show Only Murders in the Building.

Singing career[change | change source]

Gomez formed her band Selena Gomez & the Scene after signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2008; they released the studio albums Kiss & Tell (2009), A Year Without Rain (2010), and When the Sun Goes Down (2011) before beginning a hiatus in 2012. The band was known for singles such as "Naturally", "Round & Round", "Who Says", and "Love You like a Love Song".

In July 2013, Gomez released her solo debut album Stars Dance (2013). It featured the top-ten single "Come & Get It" and another single, "Slow Down". A greatest-hits album, For You, was released on November 24, 2014, and included the single "The Heart Wants What It Wants".[10] Gomez released her second solo album Revival in 2015, featuring the top-ten singles "Good for You" (featuring rapper A$AP Rocky) and "Hands to Myself". In 2017, she released a single with rapper Gucci Mane called "Fetish". In 2020 Selena released her newest album Rare. That included songs like Lose You To Love Me and Look At Her Now, both released in 2019.

Gomez was revealed to be an executive producer of the second season of the Netflix drama series, 13 Reasons Why. She released a song for its soundtrack, called "Back to You".

Personal life[change | change source]

Gomez was in an on-and-off relationship with Canadian singer Justin Bieber from 2011 until 2017.[11]

In 2017, she was in a relationship with Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. They split that October.

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. Gomez required a kidney transplant as a result of her lupus diagnosis. Her close friend, actress Francia Raisa, donated her own kidney to Gomez in summer 2017. After the transplant, one of Gomez' arteries flipped inside of her, which required emergency surgery.[12]Then, she went to rehab in 2018. Selena was diagnosed with Lupus in 2014.

Activism & Business Interests[change | change source]

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 2020, Selena Gomez launched her own makeup line, "Rare Beauty".[13]

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Award Year Category Work Result Ref.
Critics' Choice Television Awards
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Only Murders in the Building Nominated [14]
Gold Derby Television Awards
Best Comedy Actress Nominated [15]
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress in a Series, Musical/Comedy Nominated [16]
Hollywood Television Critics Association
Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy Won [17]
Online Film and Television Association
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [18]
Satellite Awards
Best Actress in a Series, Musical/Comedy Nominated [19]
Won [20]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Celebrity Central - Selena Gomez: Snapshot". People Magazine. Retrieved January 30, 2009. Birth Date July 22, 1992.Birth Place: Grand Prairie,Texas,United States of America.
  2. "SELENA GOMEZ - Play Jigsaw Puzzle for free at Puzzle Factory". puzzlefactory. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  3. "Selena Gomez Biography". Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  4. Olly Richards (July 14, 2013). "The wonderful world of Selena Gomez". The Guardian. London. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  5. Nelson, Robin (2012). Selena Gomez: Pop Star and Actress. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications. p. 9. ISBN 9781467700979. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  6. Natalie Finn (June 13, 2013). "Selena Gomez Has a Baby Sister! Demi Lovato Congratulates Singer and Mom Mandy on New Arrival". E! News. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  7. Gomez, Selena (June 14, 2013). "Momma, Brian, and me are all so grateful for all your well wishes. My little sister Gracie Elliot Teefey was born on June 12,2013.XO". Twitter.
  8. "Selena Gomez Has Another Baby Sister". Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  9. Selena Gomez Graduates High School – On Screen & Off | Access Hollywood – Celebrity News, Photos & Videos. Access Hollywood (May 12, 2010). Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  10. For You by Selena Gomez on Apple Music, November 24, 2014, retrieved December 29, 2017
  11. "Jelena Isn't Alone: Hollywood Couples Who Just Can't Quit Each Other". E! Online. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  12. "Selena Gomez & Francia Raisa Talk Kidney Transplant on Today". Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  13. Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez
  14. Pedersen, Erik (December 6, 2021). "Critics Choice TV Nominations: 'Succession' Leads Field As HBO Edges Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 6, 2021. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  15. "2022 Gold Derby TV Awards winners ceremony: 'Only Murders, 'Pachinko,' 'The White Lotus' …". Gold Derby. August 11, 2022. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  16. Nordyke, Kimberly (January 10, 2023). "Golden Globes: Full List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 11, 2023. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  17. Anderson, Erik (July 7, 2022). "'This Is Us,' 'Succession' lead 2nd HCA TV Awards nominations for Broadcast Network and Cable - AwardsWatch". AwardsWatch. Archived from the original on July 7, 2022. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  18. "24th Annual TV Awards (2021-22)". Online Film & Television Associations. Retrieved May 19, 2022.[permanent dead link]
  19. "2021 Nominees". International Press Academy. Archived from the original on December 7, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  20. Anderson, Erik (December 8, 2022). "Top Gun: Maverick leads International Press Academy's 27th Satellite Awards nominations"". AwardsWatch. Archived from the original on December 9, 2022. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  1. For her discography as Selena Gomez & the Scene, see Selena Gomez & the Scene discography.