Selena Gomez’s 20th Birthday: 20 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Star

Selena Gomez‘s birthday is on Sunday (July 22), and she’s finally leaving teendom behind to celebrate the big 2-0. Though many recognize her as the former star of Wizards of Waverly Place , the “Hit The Lights” singer has done a lot since her Disney days: She’s worked on a new movie, become a magazine cover girl, and dated another pop star named Justin Bieber (maybe you’ve heard of him?). So in honor of Selener’s 20th birthday, we present 20 facts that you probably didn’t know about this summer girl.

1.) Selena made her television debut at age 7, on Barney and Friends, where she met her best friend, Demi Lovato. [People]

2.) Selena and Demi starred in their own YouTube show called “The Demi and Selena Show”.

3.) Selena is the youngest ambassador to UNICEF. She was first appointed when she was 17. [UNICEF USA]

4.) She is named after the singer Selena, who died three years after her birth. [Huffington Post]

5.) Her favorite actress is Rachel McAdams. [OK! Magazine]

6.) She turned down a role in High School Musical 3, claiming it would be a better opportunity for someone else and that she wanted to try more “mature” roles. [NY Daily News]

7.) She likes eating whole lemons, even putting salt on them. [Girls' Life Magazine]

8.) She was attached to a Lizzie McGuire spin-off called Stevie Sanchez, but it was never picked up. [TV.com]

9.) She loves pickles, so much so that she’ll eat it with popcorn and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. [ABC News]

10.) She traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a UNICEF mission. [E! Online]

11.) She owns five rescue dogs. [People]

12.) Her mom had her at 16 years old, and raised her as a single mom. [oceanUP]

13.) She has a major crush on Shia LaBeouf.

14.) She drinks olive oil to protect her voice. [YouTube]

15.) She used to wear a purity ring that said “true love waits,” but it has since disappeared from her finger once she started dating Justin Bieber. [Allie Is Wired]

16.) She has a bohemian-inspired clothing line, Dream Out Loud, available at Kmart. [Kmart]

17.) She got into some hot water with PETA after painting several horses pink for her “Love You Like A Love Song” video. [Celebuzz]

18.) She’s a real smarty. Science — specifically the earth sciences, studying with the “layers of the Earth” — was her favorite subject in school. [Scholastic]

19.) She recently broke up with her band (the “Scene”) to focus on her acting career. [E! Online]

20.) Her upcoming movie, Spring Breakers, marks her first role in a mature movie, tackling subjects such as sex, drugs, booze and jail. [Fox News]

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  • Fan4me

    i wish someone would just come out and ASK Selena why she stopped wearing her purity ring after starting to date Justin. if they were involved before Justin turned 18, that would be considered statutory rape and besides, it’s risky to do that so young. what if she got a disease or got pregnant?? sure its none of my business, but i’d really like to know if Justin was able to make her stop believing in “True love waits”.

    • Markus

      All rich people get away with this type of things. But, if U were in their shoes U wouldnt be complaining. IF–u get that–IF u were in their shoes. For me its just life. Naturally. Unless a real crime were commited (crime for me is something were the ofended didnt what to be ofended, unless is war).

  • gaga

    liar noah

  • sameer tailor

    well very very happy birthday selena

  • sam

    ewww. Beav is 18 and she’s 20??
    Gross!! Girl, get a real man. That boy toy is no vocal talent, plays with video games all the time and doesn’t know about WOMEN.

  • Noreen

    Yes! I finally found someone who eats whole lemons with salt too! and shes famous… :)

    • chris

      oi Sam, Biebs make more money than a real man and who said that he play video games all the time? you’re just jealous…

  • Markus

    I knew all 20 but one:the whole lemon thing. If she eats more than one in two days, that can be damaging to her teeth and stomach areas. Too much acid. STOP IT, SELENA!!! I love you!

  • Taylor

    I already knew most of these. Happy 20th birthday Selena!

  • suhana pui

    happy birtday selena ..!!! :D

  • Alaina

    Happy Birthday Selena!!!! Wow you are 20 yrs old now.
    I love you very much. I am your huge fan # 1
    U are very pretty

  • Selenator1800 (watch me on youtube)

    I knew pretty much all of these except the lemon one, and she did not “break up” with The Scene, Shes just taking a break. And I guess Justin is her true love which explains the purity ring. Anyways, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SELENA!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m your BIGGEST number one fan EVER!!!!!!!!! I sent you a letter and you sent me an autograph :) Thanks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  • Faith

    Happy Birthday Selena, I’m one of your biggest fans. Good luck on all of your new projects I’m be cheering for you :)

  • Heather

    well that lemon thing is TOTALLY ME!! But not everyday it makes my teeth, u know , whatever. But a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U SELENA!! UR MY FEMALE ROLL MODEL AND JUSTIN IS MY MALE ROLE MODEL. MAY GOD BLESS U WT MANY MORE YEARS!! I LUV U!! UR THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • #1SelenaFan

    hey i,m the same Heather just because i changed my name. I LOVE U SELENA AND U ARE GOING TO BE THE WOMAN GOD WANTS U TO BE!! i miss seein’ u on new wizards of waverly place!! U ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Faith

    Happy Birthday Selena, I’m one of your biggest fans, your a big inspiration to me and continue to do great things :)

  • Trini

    I love selena and do you still love Justin Beiber

  • courtney

    stop being mean selena is petty and nice and her body looks fine she does not need this mean things being said to her u may think this stuff is true but keep it to your self

  • courtney

    i love selena gomez she is sooo me i like most things she does and we both have the same taste lol hahaha

  • payton

    stop talking mean about selena she is a young beautiful girl i love selena i am her #1 fan nothing can make me stop liking her!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PULKIT

    hey selena.happy birthday selly ,sent me your autograph photo on my email id.THANK YOU

  • aryanna

    hey selena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maria

    whoever made this site listen up, i’m 8 years old and i’m reading number 20.) and other kids who are Selena Gomez’s fan will look at that and they might not know what that means and they might start saying it to their parents and friends

  • Janya

    I love Selena she is the one who made me follow my dreams

  • Janya

    I love you Selena

  • Clinton Lewis

    Why do Selena hate me clint Lewis so mush I am not all that evil I really do like u very mush and I will do anything to fall in love with u all I am trying to watch after u I just don’t want u get hurt from to timer Bieber he is the one needs to blame for not on me After u did said that u don’t want to timer Bieber not to contact u and u do want someone new is me to treat me with respect and trust is all I’m trying to give u but not being harsh or rude to is not who I am the real me is sharing the truth just look at your profile is the same as me u are Everything to me cause I will do anything to make u happy

  • Clinton Lewis

    Whatever u Selena Gomez do Desided on Anything I clint Lewis will support u all the way if u Selena might get hurt from anyone just tell me they will answer to me if someone is mistreating and talking very nasty harshly and nasty about u can u tweet me anytime u want please do I really do to start a family with u Selena is all I ever wanted with her and it turns me clint Lewis so on about Selena’s porn I will do anything to be in it with Selena cause I clint Lewis is a Expert on it and Selena and myself dose have the same problems but I am Afriad of losing Selena that’s why I couldn’t sleep but I did help the friends of change around the world but there’s something happened s to Selena I won’t forgive myself the only to give my blood to Selena so she can survive expect for me who risk my life to save hers