Selena Gomez

by ethnic on July 3, 2008

Birth Name: Selena Marie Gomez

Place of Birth: Grand Prairie, Tarrant, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 22, 1992

*Mexican (father)
*Italian, possibly other (mother)

Selena Gomez is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She starred on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.

Selena’s father, Ricardo Joel Gomez, is of Mexican descent.

Selena’s mother, stage actress Mandy Dawn (Cornett), was adopted by Debbie Jean (Gibson) and David Michael Cornett, and was raised in Texas. Selena has stated that, later in life, her mother found out that, by birth, she “has Italian roots”. It is not clear if her mother is of fully or partially Italian background; she has been referred to as both in press reports. Selena’s mother’s adoptive parents are of British Isles descent.

Selena’s parents separated when she was five years old, and her mother later married Brian Teefy. Selena is able to speak some Spanish, but not fluently. She was named after Tejano singer and actress Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

Selena’s paternal grandparents are José Ricardo Gómez and María “Mary” Ramos.

Sources: New York Daily News article mentioning Selena’s background –

Selena mentions her mother’s Italian background –

Information about Selena’s family –


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Manila July 26, 2017 at 1:35 am

Selena’s paternal grandparents are José Ricardo Gómez and María “Mary” Ramos.

luckystar August 19, 2016 at 12:52 am

Her mother looks mestiza like her
No way she is fully italian.

andrew August 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm
madman August 16, 2016 at 11:40 pm

“Selena Gomez’s family tree includes a unique mixture of Italian, Mexican, and English heritage spanning across vastly different areas of the United States and Mexico.”

Alyx July 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

She looks a light skinned mestiza.

lelo4 July 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

Looks very Turkish.

neiltennant April 9, 2017 at 5:27 am

yes she does !

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