Selena Gomez is one of the most popular people on the planet (at least according to Instagram). As most of you already know, Selena Gomez is a prominent singer and songwriter. Although she is just 24 years old, Selena has been in showbusiness since she was just 10 years old. Most millennials have come to love her for her breakout role on the television series – Wizards of Waverly Place, which aired more than 100 episodes. Between television, public appearances, and her very fruitful music career, Selena Gomez managed to amass a net worth of nearly $50 million.
Selena was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, and had a fairly rough childhood. Her parents got a divorce when she was just five years old, and from that point on she lived with her mother. Considering that Selena’s mom was just 16 years old when she had her, it was tough for her to provide for the pair. In an old interview, her mother recalled having to buy spaghetti from the dollar store just to keep themselves fed.
It wasn’t all bad, though. As a child, Selena recalls watching her mom perform. She was a relatively unknown stage actress, but she would always invite Selena to come and watch. These performances quickly sparked an interest in young Gomez, and the future popstar developed a passion for the entertainment industry. She decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps, and started auditioning for as many roles as she could.
Interesting fact – Selena first met her close friend Demi Lovato during an audition for Barney and Friends. Both girls were successful in getting a role, and their acting careers took off. While working on the series, Selena continued to audition for other roles. In 2003 she landed a small role in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, and that was all the experience she needed to join Disney.
After auditioning for a few Disney TV shows, including The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Hannah Montana, and Lizzie McGuire, Selena eventually landed the lead role on the super successful children’s sitcom – Wizards of Waverly Place. After securing this role, she and her mother moved to Hollywood and the rest is history.
The series went on to become a huge success, effectively kickstarting Selena’s mainstream popularity. While working on Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez began to develop an interest in music. Just as the TV show was wrapping up, Selena took advantage of her momentum to launch her music career. In 2012 she released her first album, and became an overnight hit.
Today, the young superstar has more money than she knows what to do with. She recently purchased a gorgeous $4.4 million home in Calabasas, California. The luxe mansion spans over 7,700 square feet and packs more amenities than you can imagine.
Aside from the six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a private theaters, a large living area, and an eat-in kitchen, the property boasts a large outdoor swimming pool. Next to the pool you can find a spacious outdoor kitchen with a brick pizza oven – talk about paying homage to her Italian heritage.
Interestingly enough, Selena’s car preference leaves something to be desired. Although the singer has enough money to drive literally any vehicle on the market, she chooses to cruise around Hollywood Hills in a very modest Ford Escape. Aside from the Ford, Selena has also been spotted roaming around on a teal Vespa. It’s probably fair to say that the young popstar doesn’t care too much about keeping up with the Joneses.
Aside from setting herself up with a great life, Selena does a lot philanthropic work. She is publically associated with more than a dozen charities, including 10×10, A Day Made Better, Alliance for Children’s RIghts, Free The Children, Teen Cancer America, and plenty of others. She is very passionate about helping underprivileged children, and aside from donating thousands of dollars to various causes, Selena has been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2009.