Selena Gomez is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. As typical of Hollywood celebrities, Selena banks top dollar from shilling for the world’s top brands. She has an estimated total assets worth $50 million.
Bio – Her Mom and How it All Began
Selena Gomez was born on 22 July 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas where she was also raised. She is one of those celebrities who had it rough while growing up. Her mom had her at 16 and had to work three jobs to cater for the family.
Gomez developed an interest in the entertainment industry while watching her mom prepare for stage productions. She began to audition for different roles and at 7, she got picked to star in children’s series “Barney & Friends”. She starred in 14 episodes between 2002 and 2004 and received $3,000 per episode.
While acting in Barney, she got cameo roles in two movies- “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” and “Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire”. As she grew, she became too old for Barney and had to leave. She made guest appearances in Disney series “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Hannah Montana”.
Breakthrough, Career Earnings, and Net Worth
Selena’s breakthrough role came with Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place” in which she got to play the lead role of Alex Russo. The series quickly became a hit, gaining Selena more prominence. It had 106 episodes and lasted from 2007 to 2012. It is reported that the star made $30,000 per episode.
Selena made almost $3 million from her TV series roles. Her popularity landed her more movie roles. She has starred in movies such as “Another Cinderella Story” which won the Writers Guild of America Award in 2010. Others include “Ramona and Beezus”, “Spring Breakers”, “Getaway” and “Rudderless”. Selena continues to remain active in her acting career.
Selena also created soundtracks for some of the TV series she starred. She signed a contract with Hollywood Records in 2008 and formed the band Selena Gomez & the Scene. With them, she released three studio albums which sold 3 million copies worldwide.
Her 2013 debut solo album ‘Stars Dance’ debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. “Come & Get It”, a single from the album featured on the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten single. The Stars Dance tour grossed over $20 million at the box office.
After her compilation album “For You” (2014) which featured top-ten Hot 100 single “The Heart Wants What It Wants”, she left Hollywood Records and signed with Interscope Records with which she released “Revival” (2015) her second solo album. Revival debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard. Two singles “Good For You” and “Same Old Love” featured in top-five singles while “Hands To Myself” featured in top-ten singles.
Selena Gomez’s Business Ventures
Selena has her own productions company called July Moon Productions and a clothing line “Dream Out Loud” which she launched in 2010. She also makes a lot of money from endorsement deals. Some of her partners include Coca-Cola, hair-care brand, Pantene and luxury fashion designer, Coach.
Selena is actively involved in philanthropy. In 2009, she became the youngest UNICEF ambassador. She was the spokesperson for Trick-or-treat for UNICEF campaign which encouraged kids to raise money during Halloween to help poor kids all over the world. Selena is often described as down-to-earth as evident in her moderately-priced choice of cars. Her wealth is at $50 million and always increasing.
Boyfriend, Relationship with Justin Bieber
She has been in an on-and-off controversial relationship with Justin Bieber. They have been breaking up and coming back together since January 2011 when the couple confirmed to their fans that they were an item following a public display of affection while on a vacation together.
All doubts were cleared when they walked the red carpet together for the first time in February 2011. This was only a confirmation because the rumours about the two having an affair started in 2010, prompting the derivation “Jelena”.
Following an accusation by a fan that Justin Bieber was the father of her 4-month-old child, rumours began to circulate that Selena Gomez had dumped the pop singer for good. That, however, wasn’t true. Fast forward to 10 months later – the first official break-up occurred. The couple said they were too busy for each other, thanks to their tight schedules.
Of course, the Jelena fans were gutted but that wasn’t for long as the lovebirds resumed their love affair in January 2013. Soon after, it circulated that Bieber has left Selena for a model, Hailey Baldwin. As the insinuations about Bieber dating Baldwin continued to swell, Selena took her own pound of flesh with DJ Zedd. The pair released a single together but broke up shortly after. According to Zedd, Selena’s huge popularity was a huge factor in his decision to part ways with the singer. Moving on from DJ Zedd, Gomez was seen with The Weeknd. The move stirred a feud between Bieber and The Weeknd.
After a while, Gomez parted with Weeknd and returned to Bieber. In November 2017, they were seen kissing again in a public show of love. This sent their fans into a wild frenzy on Twitter. As they go back and forth in the relationship, reports have surfaced that Gomez’s family does not like the idea of a reconciliation between the two lovebirds. But, at the moment, Gomez and Bieber are still lovers.
When asked why she is back with Bieber, Gomez said it is because he is her first love. That’s so cute! We can only hope that the “Friends” singer makes his second chance at love with Gomez count.