How different would Selena Gomez’s life be had she never hit it big on Disney’s “The Wizards of Waverly Place” in 2007?
The 20-year-old pop star and actress is Glamour’s December cover girl and “Woman of the Year.” She opened up to the magazine about her childhood growing up in Texas and reflected on what life might be like if she weren’t famous.
Gomez took it hard when her parents divorced when she was 5-years-old, and says she didn’t appreciate her upbringing when she was younger.
“I was frustrated that my parents weren’t together and never saw the light at the end of the tunnel where my mom was working hard to provide a better life for me,” she told the magazine. She added that, had she stayed in Texas, she thinks she might have been a teenage mom instead of a world-famous pop star by now.
“I’m terrified of what I would have become if I’d stayed there. I’m sure I’d have two children by now,” she revealed to Glamour. “I love the people, and I’m glad I grew up there. It’s because of [my mom] that I can do things on my own. I like being professional. I like showing up on time. I like being good to people, and I know that I’m reflecting her at the end of the day.”
It’s clear that Gomez is enjoying her life which now includes starring alongside James Franco in “Spring Breakers,” dating Justin Bieber and touring the world playing sold-out arenas. But Gomez also admitted that just five years ago, she would never have expected her life to turn out the way it did:
“I was so scared and so shy back then. I mean, I grew up in one of the biggest high schools in the world, and that’s the Disney Channel. Everybody was falling in love with each other or not liking each other, and it was exhausting…and I was the shy one in the corner. And now I’m so opinionated, and I don’t have time for the cattiness. I have good people around me, and I’m glad I’m at the place I’m in. I wish I was there back then,” she told the magazine.
For more with Selena Gomez, pick up the December issue of Glamour magazine, on sale Nov. 6.
by Stephanie Marcus