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
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."
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.
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
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."
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.