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