Do you consider yourself a true Selenator? Think you know all there is to know about your role model? We’ve gathered up 14 fun facts about Selena Gomez in order for you to better get to know music’s cutest and prettiest popstar.
Here’s a cool list of Selena Gomez facts that every dedicated fan should know…
1. Selena starred in ‘Barney and Friends’ with Demi Lovato
When Selena first stepped onto the music scene, we knew we’d seen that cute, adorable face somewhere before. That’s right guys, Selena starred in Barney and Friends in the early 2000s. Before becoming one of the world’s leading superstars, the singer spent a lot of her childhood days with everyone’s favorite big purple dinosaur. That isn’t the only lucky thing she’s got to brag about. This is also where Selena met her longtime friend, Demi Lovato, who also starred on the children’s show!
2. Selena’s mom had her aged 16
Selena’s mom could have made an appearance on Teen Mom! Former stage actress, Mandy Dawn Teefey gave birth to her future star in 1992 when she was only 16-years-old. It is her who inspired Selena to become an actress after watching her mother prepare for stage performances.
3. Selena is named after Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
Selena’s parents named her after the late Latino singer, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez who was shot and killed in 1995. The Rare Beauty star was raised listening to a lot of Selena’s music and her father even took her to the singer’s memorial statue in Texas. It’s a shame Selena Gomez didn’t get a chance to meet the late star.
4. Selena appeared on “Hannah Montana” with Miley Cyrus
Before rising to fame on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena actually had a recurring role on the Disney series Hannah Montana. She joined Miley Cyrus and played the role of Hannah’s music rival, Mikayla. It seems the two popstars took their onscreen rivalry backstage, too. Miley fell out with Selena in 2008 after she dated her ex.
5. Selena dated the same guys as Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift
Before notoriously dating Justin Bieber, Selena hooked up with Miley Cyrus’ ex, Nick Jonas. The two stars dated briefly in 2008 before being romantically linked to Twilight star, Taylor Launter, who also happened to date her BFF, Taylor Swift later in 2009. Unlike Selena’s relationship with Miley Cyrus, Selena and Taylor remained friends. We guess The Heart Wants What It Wants, right? Even if it wants the same as her BFFs!
6. Selena loves skateboarding and surfboarding
What does Selena do in her spare time? Other than looking super glam and hanging out with friends, the starlet is actually an avid skateboarder and surf boarder. In fact, here she is back in 2008 skateboarding. We guess she had more than just music in common with Bieber!
7. Selena has a gorgeous clothing line
The Good For You singer’s clothing line “Dream Out Loud” launched on July 15, 2010. The clothing line was launched through Kmart which features material made from eco-friendly and recycled material. Selena also has her own self-titled perfume which was released in 2011. She describes it as “yummy. It’s romantic. It’s not over-bearing. Simple!” She also has a collection with Adidas clothing!
8. Selena is an awesome impersonator
Selena isn’t afraid to impersonate Shakira or Taylor Swift! In a Q&A with iHeartRadio, the cutie was asked to make an impression of Shakira’s accent as well as her BFF Taylor Swift. Let’s just say her enactment of TayTay was spot on!
9. Selena gets starstruck like all of us!
Believe it or not, even celebrities get star-struck once in a while. Selena Gomez admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that she fan-girled when meeting Brad Pitt for the first-time. She also met Shia LaBeouf and freaked out like anyone of us would! She’s so cute!
10. Selena’s knee has a demon trapped inside it
Call us silly, we know this isn’t really a fact! But Buzzfeed noticed something rather intriguing about Selena’s knee. They think it has a demon trapped inside it and they kinda have a point. If you look closely at her knees, it looks like there is a freaky demon’s face resting on them! Don’t worry Selena, we still love you!
11. Selena is the youngest UNICEF Ambassador
In 2009, when she was just 17-years-old, Selena became the in the the youngest UNICEF Ambassador in the history of the organization. About her role as ambassador, Selena said, “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.”
12. Selena isn’t afraid to cry in public
She doesn’t shy away from exposing her emotions, that’s for sure. Breaking up with Justin Bieber hasn’t been an easy ride for Selena. In her music video for The Heart Wants What It Wants, Selena was filmed breaking down. She also cried over the difficult break up whilst performing the same song at the 2015 AMAs. Selena wears her heart on her sleeve and that’s what makes her so loved by Selenators worldwide.
13. Selena is self-assured and confident
Selena has had to deal with a lot of body-shamers this past year but she knows exactly how to shut them down. She recently posted this photo of herself in a bikini captioned, “I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove” In an interview with L.A.’s Power 106, Selena spoke about receiving hateful comments about her weight. She courageously said “It’s just not that I’m not going to give a f**k what people, sorry, I’m not going to care. I’m not going to let them get to me. I can do what I want.” YAS! #SlaySelena!
14. Her best friend gave her a kidney
Yep, you read that right. Selena had a kidney transplant in the summer of 2017 due to suffering from Lupas. In a surprise Instagram post, the popstar revealed that her best friend Francia Raisa was the one to donate her kidney, calling it the “ultimate gift”. In an October 2015 interview with Billboard, Selena revealed that she was diagnosed with lupus and was having chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease.
From owning her own clothing line to becoming the youngest UNICEF Ambassador, it’s safe to say Selena Gomez has a lot of great accomplishments under her belt. If you really are a true Selenator, pat yourself on the back because you should be proud to support such a successful and humble lady!