Selena Gomez is a singer and actress, best known for playing Alex Russo on Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place. She made her acting debut on Barney and Friends in her home state of Texas. She is of mixed Mexican and Italian descent.
After getting her big break as a Disney Channel television star, Selena moved on to films, acting in such movies as Ramona and Beezus, Another Cinderella Story and Monte Carlo. She broke from her stereotypical good girl characters with a racy role in 2013's Spring Breakers.
Selena started her music career as the lead singer of a band called Selena Gomez and the Scene. She went on to drop "the scene" and be known as simply a solo artist. Her hit songs include "Come and Get It," "Slow Down," "Love You Like a Love Song" and "Who Says." "Come and Get It" was Selena's first song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
She started dating singer Justin Bieber in 2011 and the two have been in an on-and-off relationship ever since. Rumors that Selena has been pregnant, posed for nude photos and struggled with a drug and alcohol problem have circled in recent years, but never been proven true.
Aside from Bieber, Selena is known to hang out with celebrity best friend Taylor Swift. In the early years of her career, she used to post YouTube videos with her then BFF Demi Lovato. Demi and Selena’s rocky, on-and-off friendship has also been closely followed in the media.