Texas is the proud hometown of many of the Hollywood stars, famous singers, and media icons of our generation. One very influential celebrity that was born and raised in Texas is still making a mark on the media every day - the one and only Selena Gomez. Having been born in Grand Prairie, Texas, Selena Gomez is a true Texan with a very powerful and inspiring childhood. 

Selena began her life in a small neighborhood in Grand Prairie with her father and mother. When she was only 5, her parents divorced, leaving her to an early life of hardships. In a past E! Entertainment Special, Selena revealed that her mother had given birth at only 16 years old, leaving them to live off a very low income for many years. She lived in the same Texas home until she was 13 and went off to California for her Disney career. 

Before her life of stardom, Selena attended her early school years at a Texas elementary and then went on to Danny Jones Middle School in Mansfield before becoming homeschooled once she hit 9th grade. Her early life was the same as many other normal residents in the area, though she did have to deal with the struggles involving her family's financial situations. 

The actress and singer stated in a 2012 interview that she "was never confident in school" and didn't have many friends growing up, going on that she just "sat at the back of the room and got on with [her] work." Oh, how things have changed since then!

Selena, like most children, was inspired by her parental figure and wanted to follow in the footsteps of her mother who used to act in stage performances. Because of this, Selena and her mom decided to start getting her into acting early on. After auditioning for child star roles, Selena famously landed a reoccurring role in Barney & Friends alongside fellow future Disney star Demi Lovato.

The child star also made small cameos in the Texas-based movies Spy Kids 3D and Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire while she was still living in the southern state. She was able to live out her childhood in Texas until she began to get casted for roles in Disney Channel and eventually moved to California.

After gaining her immense fame, the actress owned a 10,000+ sq ft mansion in Fort Worth, complete with a tennis court, full bar, and waterslide, that she lived in when she visited her family in Texas. Unfortunately, it was recently put on the market and sold. Hopefully one day she will return to our great state to reconnect with her Texan roots!

Though Selena no longer lives in the beautiful state of Texas, she still loves to visit and always makes a stop by her childhood home when she tours in Dallas. Selena shared in an Instagram post from last year that she visits her childhood home in Texas every chance she gets. She ends off her sweet caption with "I love you, Grand Prairie." 

We love you too, queen!

Though she spends most of her time elsewhere, she still is named after Texas's biggest star to ever exist - Selena Quintanilla - as she revealed in an interview with Sacramento's NOW 100.5, so she'll always carry a bit of Texas with her wherever she goes. Selena continues to be one of the biggest stars in the media, and we all wait for her return to Texas, whether it just be when she's on tour or when she finally moves back home.

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