Selena Gomez‘s mom had her at 16 and at the time, struggled to pay the bills, reports J-14. Selena was born in New York City and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas near her mom’s family.
Mom Mandy Teefey and biological dad Ricardo Joel Gomez, split when Sel was 5. Selena, an only child was raised by her mom and grandmother. Her dad gave her a purity ring when she was 12. Sel and her mom sometimes lived ‘paycheck to paycheck’, but they pulled through.
Selena got into acting because of her mother. ‘My mom did theater, and I love memorizing her lines with her and watching her rehearse. I told her that I wanted to do what she did but on television.’ Thnx oceanup.