Selena Gomez, who started her career acting in the children’s TV show “Barney & Friends,” has become one of America’s biggest pop stars — and an overall force in the entertainment industry. She found massive success with her former band, Selena Gomez and the Scene, and more recently, as a solo artist. She helped turn the teen novel “Thirteen Reasons Why” into a popular Netflix series. We’ll help you celebrate her July 22 birthday right here.
Key Moments in Selena Gomez's Life
September 14, 2017
Gomez was diagnosed with lupus around 2012. She underwent a kidney transplant thanks to her best friend and actress Francia Raisa.
First solo album
The "Stars Dance" album included the single "Come & Get It," which became her first top-ten hit.
First lead role
After several smaller stints on other Disney series, Gomez received the lead role on the award-winning show "Wizards of Waverly Place." The stint lasted five years.
"Barney & Friends"
Gomez began her acting career with 13 episodes of the show before leaving in 2004 when producers decided she was getting "too old."
July 22, 1992
Selena Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas
Named after famous singer Selena Quintanilla, Gomez was born to a 16-year-old mother. Her parents divorced five years later — after which her mom raised her.
How to Celebrate Selena Gomez's Birthday
1. Check out some of her classic acting
Start with some of her old shows and movies — including "Barney & Friends" — and work all the way up to "Spring Breakers."
2. Have a pasta-filled party on your private yacht
Okay, so this probably isn't likely for most of us, but that's how the young pop sensation celebrated her 26th birthday. Maybe eating a bowl of pasta while listening to your favorite Selena Gomez song is close enough.
3. Check out some of her best red-carpet looks
Gomez has graced dozens of award shows over the years with lots of gorgeous looks. Browse through some of your favorites in her honor!
3 Of Gomez's "Sideline" Gigs
1. Playing a pop star on "Hannnah Montana"
Gomez had a recurring role on the popular Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana" in 2007 — playing the role of "Mikayla."
2. Executive producing the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why"
Gomez worked to adapt the teen novel into a TV series — describing it as a "passion project."
She worked as UNICEF's youngest spokesperson, and supported the "UR Votes Count" campaign to get teenagers involved with the 2008 presidential election.