Selena Gomezâs birthday is on Sunday (July 22), and sheâs finally leaving teendom behind to celebrate the big 2-0. Though many recognize her as the former star ofÂ Wizards of Waverly PlaceÂ ,Â the âHit The Lightsâ singer has done a lot since her Disney days: Sheâs worked on a new movie, become a magazine cover girl, and dated another pop star named Justin BieberÂ (maybe youâve heard of him?). So in honor of SelenerâsÂ 20th birthday, we present 20 facts that you probably didnât know about thisÂ summer girl.
2.) Selena and Demi starred in their own YouTube show called âThe Demi and Selena Showâ.
3.) Selena is the youngest ambassador to UNICEF. She was first appointed when she was 17. [UNICEF USA]
4.) She is named after the singer Selena, who died three years after her birth. [Huffington Post]
5.) Her favorite actress is Rachel McAdams. [OK! Magazine]
6.) She turned down a role in High School Musical 3, claiming it would be a better opportunity for someone else and that she wanted to try more âmatureâ roles. [NY Daily News]
7.) She likes eating whole lemons, even putting salt on them. [Girls' Life Magazine]
8.) She was attached to a Lizzie McGuire spin-off called Stevie Sanchez, but it was never picked up. [TV.com]
9.) She loves pickles, so much so that sheâll eat it with popcorn and Reeseâs Peanut Butter Cups. [ABC News]
10.) She traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a UNICEF mission. [E! Online]
11.) She owns five rescue dogs. [People]
12.) Her mom had her at 16 years old, and raised her as a single mom. [oceanUP]
13.) She has a major crush on Shia LaBeouf.
14.) She drinks olive oil to protect her voice. [YouTube]
16.) She has a bohemian-inspired clothing line, Dream Out Loud, available at Kmart. [Kmart]
18.) Sheâs a real smarty. Science â"Â specifically the earth sciences, studying with the âlayers of the Earthâ â" was her favorite subject in school. [Scholastic]
19.) She recently broke up with her band (the âSceneâ) to focus on her acting career. [E! Online]