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Selena Gomez Talks About Her Difficult Childhood

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Poor Selenita!

Earlier we talked a little about Selena Gomez growing up with a single parent, but now the singer/actress has gone into detail about what she went through as a child.

Selena said:

"I remember my mom would run out of gas all of the time and we’d sit there and have to go through the car and get quarters and help her get gas because she never liked to ask my grandparents for money."

Her mom Mandy added:

"Yeah, we might have run out of gas – we did have to walk to the dollar store to get dollar spaghetti and make it … so we always had food but if I knew she wanted to go to a concert I would save up for it. You do the best you can with what you’re given."

And when talking about the sacrifices Selena's mom made for her, she said:

"I remember having a lot of macaroni and cheese but my mom never made it seem like it was a big deal. She was really strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility. My mom gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me sacrificed her life for me."

We applaud you, Selena, for being so open about your childhood. A lot of young girls are going through what you went through and will appreciate your honesty. Way to be an awesome role model!

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25 comments to “Selena Gomez Talks About Her Difficult Childhood”

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  2. 2

    really doesnt seem like that hard of a life to me but maybe she didn't feel like elaborating more than that…idk

  3. 3

    She still IS a child - and her life doesnt look that hard.

  4. 4

    oh please, the cash would of sorta rolling in when she started wizards… and it serves her mother right for not keeping her legs close.

  5. 5

    These people with negative comments, have not had to go through hard times. Shut up!

  6. 6

    The next time you write about Sixteen and Pregnant or Teen mom I want you to think about this article. When you say bad things about them you are saying bad things about her. The majority of those girls ( a side from a few cooks ) are just like Selena's mom, sacrificing everything for their children and doing the best they can. Two faced much???

  7. 7

    I'm so sick of hearing stories about teen moms. No shit it was hard, that's what happens when you have a child when you're a child. 'Oh poor me, we had to eat spaghetti". That doesn't even sound like a hard life. I know it's supposed to give hope to those in the same situation, but I feel like these teen moms are being praised when they beat the odds. Being a teen mom is nothing to be proud of, sorry if that sounds callous. How about praising those who practice safe sex or better yet, abstinence at that age?

  8. 8

    Re: biana v – So because she was a teen mom she deserves absolutely no credit for being a GOOD mom? Get over yourself. It isn't about being a teen mom. Nobody is a teen through their entire motherhood, only a few years. Not to mention any women of any age having a child could end up in the same situation, it isn't just a "teen mom" thing. Her mother SHOULD be proud that she did ok by her daughter, & was willing to make those sacrifices for her. Not all mothers do, TEEN or otherwise. Should teen moms be proud of getting knocked up in high school? No & most actually are very ashamed of it. The reality however is that some teen moms Do end up doing alright by their children, & do good in life, & that is an important fact. Nobody should be hated just because they made a mistake & are now facing up to the consequences. Not a single person walking this earth has gone their whole life without making a mistake equal to having sex to soon. Some just have to deal with more serious consequences & decision as a result of the mistake they made. I am proud of anyone who can do right by their children.

  9. 9

    my mom had me at 15 and my life was just about harder. i never saw my mom growing up she was just working. but my life is still the same and yours isnt get over it

  10. 10

    Re: Lady Amalthea – The sad reality is that for 1 good single teen parent, there are 5 crap ones fucking it up. Your excuse of not being a teen forever is w/o merit. If you have a kid @15, then the next 5 years of the child's life(which are the most important) are being raised by someone who pretty much still a kid. You can argue that parenting is hard period even w 2 parents who are established and that's true, but that's even more of a reason to not be so stupid and put yourself in that position. Don't set yourself up for failure right off the bat and lower your expectations for what it means to be successful. Don't purposely make life even harder for yourself. This has nothing to do w self righteousnes, this has to do with common sense. This isn't about having sex, this is having UNPROTECTED sex. If you're too dumb to not use protection or get the after hr pill in this day and age, then you are too dumb to be knocking out kids at 15 and raising them. So no, sorry I dont praise teen moms when they purposely(rape and other circumstances exempted) put themselves in that position even if their kid turns out fine. I praise the girls/guys that are smart enough to practice safe sex, not get pregnant and demand better for themselves.

  11. 11

    OMG cause she's the only one? Look on the bright side, you're your family's cash cow now. Some of us still live on mac and cheese.

  12. 12

    Re: biana v – I get what you are saying, & for the most part I agree. But as I said, Nobody is condoning under age or unprotected sex. You DO sound self righteous though when you say that you don't care if someone turns out to be a good parent, because they were too stupid to keep their legs closed, or use proper protection. As I said in my previous post, we ALL make mistakes. That doesn't mean It is ok for a 14 year old to go whore around, but you know, young teenage girls do sometimes feel pressured into sex, & not all teenagers are mature beyond their years. Some WILL end up pregnant. That doesn't mean they are stupid people, or slutty people. They just make a stupid decision. It is what you do with the mistake you make that tells about who you are. Do you honestly expect me to buy into the notion that because she was knocked up in her teens that negates ALL the hard work she did from that point on? Please. That is absurd. That is not to say that we shouldn't give credit to the teens who hold off on sex, or are smart & use protection. They do deserve credit. That doesn't mean that over all they are better people than the teen girl that gets pregnant. Common sense & teenage hormones don't always go hand in hand.

  13. 13

    It's true, lots of people go through what she has been through and I'm one of those. There are lots of people that are still going through a difficult time and in order to make some money they go to work every day, wake up early each morning and work like crazy each day to get their poor salary. I believe those people should be applauded.

  14. frrf says – reply to this


    BOO FUCKING HOO WHO Hasnt had a rough life? If she considers this a rough life then my life was a fucking living nightmare compared to hers. Collecting change for gas? thats it? That is so rough?

  15. 15

    The hell? I *have* gone through hard times, to the point of being homeless at fifteen (not a result of running away, either). Eating mac and cheese and your mom saving up to send you to a concert is not a hard life. It's not what anyone wants, but puh-lease.

  16. 16

    Kids in third world countries have nothing on you eh Selena?

  17. 17

    oh I see..so her and JB parents were both teens when they had them…that's good they did the best they could but of coarse it was hard that's what happens when you have a baby when you are a child yourself..you loose your childhood and struggle..MOST teen moms are not that good of parents because they are too young to know better. I should know..my cousin had a child at 16 got married had another one with him, got divorced and remarried another idiot after that and is now pregnant..two marriages and 3 babies at 23? Sorry that's not something to be proud of she is a crappy mom..puts herself before her kids all the time. Just practice safe sex or abstinence..it's not hard.

  18. 18

    WTF do you mean? She's still a child basically.

  19. 19

    Instead of bashing her and saying "Oh you have money now so get over it", why don't you think of it as a story that shows one day, anyone who is/was in that situation can find a better life if they take the chances that are given to them and work hard to succeed. Sure not many get the chance to become rich and successful through TV and music &I know a lot of the people DO work hard, but why not see it as uplifting that it can happen to anyone? Be happy for her that she was able to bring her family out of all that.

  20. 20

    Wow, I can't believe all the nasty people saying nasty and mean things. For goodness sake, she is still basically a kid herself, leave her alone. I agree with allycl6, why can't you view it as a positive story? She seems like a sweet kid and good for her that she was able to make something out of her life. I am interested to see how she handles the fame. I hope she can keep it together.

  21. 21

    Honestly, i cant believe all the people that left nasty comments too. I mean like geezus, this girl opens up about her childhood and how it was for her and just because she is famous now she gets shit on? Listen for her when she was growing up her mom running out of gas, eating mac and cheese and spaghetti, being babysat by her grandparents and her parents separating when she was five might be a tough situation for her and the fact that she is so humble and down to earth, sheesh. I mean ya there are a lot of people out there who that might have happened to but just because she has a better life than any of us now doesn't mean we diminish what she has gone through to get there. She knew what she wanted and went for it. And compared to a lot of hollywood starletts out there, she actually had to try and make it. She didn't get in bc of who she knew or was related too. People just need to get over their selves because you have a bad attitude. I grew up having a hard life but that doesnt mean i hold anything against her bc she makes more money than i do or bc she is famous. i am happy were i am and iknow she is too.

  22. 22

    Perez, you need to change your title. This isn't a "difficult childhood" and that's why so many people are leaving negative comments. Sure Selena is talking about hard times but she's not claiming it to be a "difficult childhood" - YOU ARE. She's lucky they had a car and a place to cook their mac n cheese or spaghetti. So many people don't even have that. Her life sounds pretty good to me - a loving mom and a roof over her head. Now she's famous making bank. I'd trade with her!

  23. 23

    she had to search the car for quarters and eat dollar spaghetti and had macaroni and cheese and her mom would have to save up for concert tickets. loads of people have had it way worse!

  24. 24

    I'm beginning to think she's pretty but again only with the right makeup to sharpen up her features, when they're not sharpened she looks bloated (fat) and fat-faced. Not fat body wise, she's actually too thin but fat faced.

  25. 25

    OKAY FIRST of all selena is a celebirty she gets asked questions, she answers the questions(called interview) thats part of her JOB with being in the spotlight! …i thought you guys would know but apperently NOT..it litterally seems like everytime she answers a question you guys start being negative,,umm idk JELOUS MUCH!!!…THIS WAS IN THE *E SPECIAL!*, SOOO DO ME A FAVOR AND WATCH BEFORE YOU TALK because there was WAY MORE THAN WHAT WAS ONLY SAID UP ABOVE!!… SECOND, just because shes a celebirty and has money now,dosent mean the struggles in her past dont matter anymore..now i understand other ppl have gon through more worse childhood but that dosent mean you can go around saying "selena didnt have a hard life growing up shes rich now! who cares!"…she was a little girl with divoreced perants, barley food to eat, her mom worked multiple jobs to get by,somtimes no gas money…ect. THAT was HER elementary to middleschool yrs… she worked HARD to make it in HOLLYWOOD with rejections and what not…until see finally got wizards… now shes 18! not a child a Teenager!!!!get that straight…So stop hating ON her just cuz she happens to be in the spotlight, seriously its annoying! THIRDLY, if you just Dont LIKe her why do you waste your time looking her up!!! its pointless!!.. >:/