Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas. She began her acting career at age 7. After taking on minor roles in Disney TV shows including Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, the actress was cast in the lead role on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place as Alex Russo.
Gomez has since stepped away from the Disney world and starred in several movies, including Spring Breakers and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. She has released two solo albums, Stars Dance and Revival.
The singer-actress has been romantically linked to Nick Jonas in the past, but her most famous relationship was with pop star Justin Bieber. Gomez and Bieber dated on and off from 2010 to 2013. Since their breakup, the two have continued to be mentioned together in the headlines.
In 2015, Gomez opened up about being diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease, for which she received chemotherapy as treatment. In 2016, Gomez took a break from social media, and canceled the remainder of her Revival Tour due to depression linked to her lupus.
She has broken several Instagram records, including being the first person to reach 100 million followers and having the most liked photo.