Selena Gomez

LOS ANGELES – APR 27: Selena Gomez at the We Day California 2017 at The Forum on April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, CA Photo by kathclick/

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 singer, actress, producer, 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 –

Gomez in 2011, PHOTO BY DFree/BIGSTOCK.COM


Curious about ethnicity

435 Responses

  1. Manila says:

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

  2. luckystar says:

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

    • madman says:

      “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.”

  3. Alyx says:

    She looks a light skinned mestiza.

  4. lelo4 says:

    Looks very Turkish.

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