Selena Gomez talks about growing up poor

Selena Gomez might be young Hollywood’s it girl, but life as a child had its setbacks. When Gomez was only five, her parents called it quits and left Selena with her mom Amanda Cornett on their own. Despite her mother’s efforts to make it as a stage actress, the two soon found themselves living in poverty. “I can remember about seven times when our car got stuck on the highway because we’d run out of gas money,” said Gomez in the July edition of Elle magazine. Instead, her determined mother tried to give her the life she dreamed of one day having on her own. “She saved up to take me to concerts. She took me to museums, aquariums, to teach me about the world, about what’s real,” said Gomez. Selena has been in the industry since the tender age of seven and got her start starring in Disney Channel’s television series The Wizards of Waverly Place. “The advice that my mom gave me in the beginning is if I’m not having fun – if I’m really not enjoying it anymore – she doesn’t want me to do it.” However, life in the spotlight isn’t all fun and games — the Hotel Transylvania star admits there are downsides to fame. “I always have to remind myself that when I’m on set, and when I’m on stage, and I’m with my fans, it’s extremely rewarding and it’s still a lot of fun for me,” said Gomez, despite all of the “annoying” obstacles she sometimes faces. The 19-year-old beauty has been in a relationship with Canadian singer Justin Bieber for the last three years. ~Graeme Mollison

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  1. m&m • June 10, 2012 @ 8:34 PM

    oh so poor, that you had a car… yeah, thats real poverty. take the bus or walk. oh, and saving up so you can do stuff like visit museums and concerts, how about saving so you have something to eat. you dont know what real poverty is.

  2. TheTruth • June 10, 2012 @ 8:38 PM

    Sounds like a great mom, good for the both of them now that they’re set for life. Just make sure when you divorce biebs get half of everything!

  3. MovieGoer • June 12, 2012 @ 12:25 AM

    Heck that was well said. See what I did there?

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