She is a singer, actress, voice actress and now also a successful entrepreneur: Selena Gomez celebrates her 30th birthday on July 22nd. Her career began with a role in the television series "Barney and Friends" when Gomez was ten years old. Disney then became aware of the actress, who was born in Texas in 1992, and made her a star through various series roles. Here are exciting facts about her film and music successes, her love life, her illness and her popularity with other stars.
Films, series, dubbing and music albums
Selena Gomez had her big break in 2007 with the role of the protagonist Alex Russo in the Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place". Other guest appearances in series such as "Hannah Montana", "Zack & Cody on Board" or "Sonny Munroe" soon followed, which ultimately helped her get her first film roles: In the Disney films "Another Cinderella Story" (2008), "Princessinnen Gomez starred in "Protection Program" (2009), "Suddenly Star" (2011) and "Spring Breakers" (2012) - and made a name for himself with teenagers around the world in the 2000s and 2010s.
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In 2016, the American was seen alongside Seth Rogen (40) and Zac Efron (34) in "Bad Neighbors 2" and in 2019 in the romantic comedy "A Rainy Day in New York" alongside Timothée Chalamet (26) and Elle Fanning (24). Most recently, Gomez also starred in the popular Disney+ series Only Murders in the Building alongside acting heavyweights Steve Martin (76) and Martin Short (72). The series is nominated for a total of 17 Emmys this year.
It seems almost impossible that the 30-year-old still has time to stand in the recording studio for all the film projects. But Gomez has been juggling acting and music for years. Her musical beginnings came in the mid-2000s with her band Selena Gomez & the Scene, with whom she released three albums. However, she was able to achieve greater success in the music industry as a solo artist: her three solo albums "Stars Dance" (2013), "Revival" (2015) and "Rare" (2020) all reached the top of the US charts and were Awarded multiple gold and platinum awards.
As if that wasn't enough, Gomez also regularly lent her voice to characters in animated films such as "Horton Hears a Who!", "Hotel Transylvania" or "The Fantastic Journey of Dr. Dolittle".
Own beauty empire?
A few years ago, Selena Gomez became an entrepreneur with Rare Beauty. The products of her own beauty brand, such as vegan lipsticks, foundation or eyeliner, are in demand all over the world. With her make-up line, Gomez wants to help people to gain more self-acceptance, which she has also had to learn over the years. "Being rare means being comfortable with yourself. I stopped trying to be perfect. I just want to be me," she is quoted as saying on the Rare Beauty website.
This is how she deals with her illness
Selena Gomez has struggled with health issues over the years. But she doesn't make a secret of it. In 2015, she publicly announced that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus in 2013, which left her suffering from depression and panic attacks. In 2017, she also received a kidney donation from her friend, as she announced in an Instagram post. In 2020, Gomez also spoke about her bipolar disorder on the Instagram talk show Bright Minded.
How does she deal with it? Gomez abstains from social media. On "Good Morning America" she revealed in April 2022 that she had not been on the Internet for more than four years. She has her channels taken care of, giving her more time for her mental health. "It's completely changed my life. I'm happier, I'm more present. I connect with people more. It makes me feel normal," Gomez gushed.
Proud permanent single
Liaisons with Nick Jonas (29), Justin Bieber (28) and The Weeknd (32) apparently didn't last forever for Selena Gomez. The singer has been proudly single for several years. But she has no problem with her relationship status, as she recently said in a TikTok video: "I'm totally fine with being single."
Stars love Selena Gomez
Instead, the musician seems to spend a lot of time with her friends, including numerous stars. Private snapshots with Taylor Swift (32), Chris Martin (45), DJ Snake (36), Olivia Wilde (38) and Cara Delevingne (29) can be found on her Instagram account.
Recently, Britney Spears (40) raved about Gomez on Instagram after the actress was a guest at her wedding to Sam Asghari (28): "You are such a special person." The photos make it clear that despite the hurdles and downsides of the public hubbub, Gomez appears to be at peace.
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