Birth Name: Selena Marie Gomez
Place of Birth: Grand Prairie, Tarrant, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 22, 1992
*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 – http://www.nydailynews.com
Selena mentions her mother’s Italian background – http://www.youtube.com
Information about Selena’s family – http://www.makemyfamilytree.com