Selena Marie Gomez was born on July 22, 1992, in Grand Prairie, Texas, United States of America. Her parents, Ricardo Joel Gomez and Amanda Dawn Cornett came from Mexican and Italian ancestries. They also named her after the late Tejano singer and actress, known as Selena Quintanilla-Perez. At age five, Gomez’s parents split up, and this led her to live with her mother and two younger half-siblings. The actress and singer was home-schooled and earned a high-school diploma in 2010. Gomez was born into a financial-struggling home, and her mother who was 16-years-old at the time worked endlessly to provide for her.