7 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT SELENA GOMEZ

You know Selena Gomez from her breakout role on the Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place, 18 Teen Choice Awards and 7 million albums and 22 million singles sold worldwide, her on and off again relationship with Justin Bieber and as one of the most followed celebrities on Instagram. Selena is more than her credits, awards romances and Insta posts. In no particular order, here’s seven things you didn’t know about Selena Gomez!

#1 Born in 1992, Selena Gomez was named after legendary Tejano singer, Selena who was portrayed by Jennifer Lopez in her first breakout film role.

#2 In addition to her successful acting and music career, Selena’s multiple endorsement deals with brands such as Pantene, Coach and Puma has contributed to a personal wealth of $50 million. Selena wasn’t always well off. Her parents struggled during her early childhood. She remembers helping her mom look for quarters to buy gas and buying canned food at the local dollar store for dinner. #3 But Selena also has great memories with her mom while growing up. She told Vogue in 2017 that her first memory is of her mom painting. She also shared some wisdom and advice that she has received from her parents.

#3 After being diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease, Selena underwent a kidney transplant. Her kidney’s donor is her best friend, Francia Raisa. They sat down with the Today Show in 2017 to share their journey that brought them even closer together.

#4 Selena isn’t only a star in front of the cameras, she’s also works behind the scenes as an executive producer of the hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.

#5 In 2009, Selena became the youngest UNICEF ambassador at 17 and was a spokesperson for UNICEF’s Trick or Treat fundraising campaign for a number of years. She’s traveled to Ghana and Chile to raise awareness about childhood poverty and preventable diseases throughout the world.

#6 At 15, Selena voiced not one but 90 roles in the 2008 animated feature Horton Hears A Who starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carrel!

#7 Selena has some unique favorite foods. She’s been known to eat lemons whole and loves pickles so much, she longs for a pickle flavored gum! She starts her mornings with a shot of ginger which she brought along for a ride with Jame Corden during a segment of Carpool Karaoke! Iconic namesake, survivor, loving daughter, executive producer, prolific voiceover actor, children’s advocate and food adventurist – those are seven things you didn’t know about Selena Gomez!

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