Selena Gomez Through the Years
Barney to Disney Channel star and beyond! At a young age, became a household name and continues to push the status quo in the entertainment industry as the years go by. Selena Gomez
In the middle of her booming career, Gomez suffered
a few personal setbacks including a lupus diagnosis, life-changing transplant surgery and a battle with mental health, but has never let any of that stop her. The Wizards of Waverly Place actress first opened up about her medical diagnosis in 2015 and it has allowed her to live her truth in the spotlight.
In 2018, Gomez put her work on the back burner as she
sought mental health treatment at a psychiatric facility on the East Coast. The Spring Breakers actress took to Instagram in April 2019 to open up about her decision to put herself ahead of her career.
“I think that I needed a moment to myself because I do feel like I was growing and changing,” Gomez wrote before answering a fan’s question about the advice she’d give to her younger self.
“Gosh, if I knew what I know now,” she explained, “I am a believer of therapy. So, I think that I have had opportunities where I kind of reflect on the younger me, and I think that a lot of the times I wished that I could hug my younger self. I wish I could have done and experienced a lot of things, maybe, a little differently.”
She added: “I don’t really think people know my heart because I think that sometimes people may think that I politically say the right thing or I’m safe or I’ve been trained to speak this way. I don’t know how to be trained. Like, how on earth would someone be training me to speak things?”
Gomez has been a pioneer in her work to bring awareness to mental health as well as her career in the entertainment industry.
Scroll down to take a look back at Selena Gomez through the years!
Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas on July 22, 1992, to parents
Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Gomez.
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2002 to 2004
Selena starred as Gianna on the hit children’s show
Barney and Friends for two seasons alongside . She also appeared in two movies based on the series, Demi Lovato Barney: Best Manners — Invitation to Fun and Barney: Read with Me, Dance with Me.
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The Texas native made her film debut as a waterpark girl in
Spy Kids 3.
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Selena appeared on
The Suite Life of Zach and Cody as a character named Gwen.
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Her big break! Years after smaller roles, Selena was cast as Alex Russo in Disney Channel’s
Wizards of Waverly Place. She would go on to film four seasons from 2007 to 2012.
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Selena landed the lead role of Mary Santiago in
Another Cinderella Story.
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2007 to 2008
After making a name for herself on the Disney Channel, Selena went on to appear on several episodes of
Hannah Montana as Mikayla.
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Selena sparked a friendship with the Jonas Brothers, and even made a cameo in their
Jonas Brothers: Burnin’ Up music short.
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The actress embarked on her first high-profile relationship in 2008 when she briefly dated
. Nick Jonas
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Selena landed a risqué role in
Spring Breakers alongside , Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson . James Franco
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Young love. After denying their romance, the “Wolves” singer and
made their Justin Bieber red carpet debut as a couple at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood in February 2011. They eventually split in November 2012.
A rep for Selena at the time confirmed she had entered rehab in Wickenburg, Arizona. “I’ve done everything I could to the best of my ability,” the Disney alum later wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for the unconditional love and cyber hugs. You inspire me.”
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“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have Lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of Lupus, which can present their own challenges,” Selena said in a statement to
Us Weekly in August 2016. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone and by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
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Selena successfully underwent kidney transplant surgery after her close pal
Francia Raisa donated her organ to the actress. The following month, she took to Instagram to share the news with her followers. “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health,” she wrote. “I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
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Selena and Bieber gave their relationship a second shot before splitting for good in March 2018, just months before the “Sorry” crooner
proposed to his now-wife (née Baldwin). Hailey Bieber
Selena completed another stint in treatment in December 2018, and opened up about her mental health in an Instagram post the following month. “It’s been awhile since you have heard from me, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and to thank you for your love and support,” she wrote. “Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges and growth. It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming. Trust me, it’s not easy, but I am proud of the person I am becoming and look forward to the year ahead. Love you all.”
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