Selena Gomez, if she had stayed in Texas: ‘I’m sure I’d have two children by now’

Selena Gomez covers the December 2012 edition of Glamour Magazine. It’s a beautiful photo shoot – somehow the magazine managed to make her look like a young woman in her late teens. Ordinarily, Selena looks about 12 years old to me. But in this shoot, she could pass for 17, maybe. I think it’s mostly about the makeup and the styling. I won’t say anything about her seemingly larger bust… when I was 20, I went up a bra size naturally too. As for the interview… well, I actually think Selena is a very bright girl, so I usually like her interviews. She’s always seemed like she’s wise beyond her years. Some highlights from the Glamour piece:

On her childhood in Texas, being raised by a single mom: “I definitely didn’t appreciate [my upbringing] when I was little. 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. I’m terrified of what I would have become if I’d stayed there. I’m sure I’d have two children by now.”

More on Texas: “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.”

Looking back on her 15-year-old self: “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. I was the shy one in the corner. 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.”

On Taylor Swift: “I actually did talk to Taylor last week, and we were like, ‘I don’t even remember the last time I saw you,’ which is really unfortunate. But if [life] gets too dire, I fly to Taylor or I fly home or I fly to Justin.”

On negativity: “If I had let all of the negative stuff affect me, I don’t think I would be satisfied with the person I am now. That’s what I tell my fans: If you’re miserable with everything going on in school, that is so not going to matter the moment you leave. My mom always told me, ‘Just turn the other cheek and keep moving forward.’ That’s something I’ve always done, and now I look back and I have no regrets.”

[Via Us Weekly & The Mail]

See what I mean? Unlike some of the child stars-turned-Young-Hollywood-douches, I think Selena actually knows what it was like to be poor, to develop her work ethic, how to support herself and the people around her. But… quite honestly, I think I would like her a lot more if she wasn’t with Justin Bieber. I sometimes wonder if his douche isn’t rubbing off on her in some ways. But I guarantee… whenever Selena and Justin are really done with each other, Selena will still have a career, and she’ll find someone cool to date. *fingers crossed*

Photos courtesy of Glamour.

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  1. Gracie says:

    She seems nice enough, but exactly what sort of talent does she have? I’m having trouble figuring out why she’s famous.

    • jwoolman says:

      She’s a very good actor, both comedy and drama. She paid attention and avoided the Disney School of Overacting classes. She’s quite well known to the Disney set because of some tv movies and the very good tv series Wizards of Waverly Place. She is getting beyond that now. She definitely did not need Bieber to advance her career or make her famous. The tabloids find her frustrating because she shows no hint of trainwreck status. She just quietly goes along doing reasonable things, as far as I can tell.

    • Naye in VA says:

      Ughh I hate having to do this… Wizards of Waverly Place was a huge show on Disney before she started dating Justin. She also has some sort of singing career.I actually really like “Love You Like a Love Song.” She’s a decent actress but has yet to be really put to test on the big screen

    • erika says:

      BINGO! what does she ‘do’?

      i get all of them confused, vanessa, ashley tisdale, amanda, selena, demi…what/who/why what do they or did they DO?

      i guess i never tuned in to the disney channel, but come on..

      and she needs to start chain smoking, getting some botox of living hard a little bit because she has got to do SOMETHING about that squeezy cheecks “ahhhh lemme sqeeze sooooo cute” look she has…it’s wierd.

      can u imagine her and the biebs? you know, ‘nekkid’? they just look so YOUNG, tiny, like, they still have that ruler poaster on their bedroom wall that measures their height…

      to Twitter fans – a self pic of themselves infront of their ruler poster “look fans! OMG! i just grew 1/4″ an in ch this year!”

      do condoms come in pre=teen/teen/still growing size?

    • Happy21 says:

      I saw her in concert with my niece late last year and I became an instant fan. She is a tremendous performer and a great singer. She knows who her fan base is and didn’t do anything her whole show that wasnt appropriate for her tween audience.

      I knew only one song by her and still do but she really blew me away.

  2. Eileen says:

    I understand what she meant but something tells me it’s going to be very awkward for her next time she goes back to Texas

  3. Lemonade says:

    I think she’s adorable. I also can’t wait to see her with an actual mans man type of guy instead of bieber. Bieber keeps her relevant these days but I wouldn’t be shocked if she split once she got more acting work.

  4. Flor says:

    I get MAJOR fameho vibes from her. I think someone said here that their relationship began at the CAA offices. WOW, just WOW.

  5. Launicaangelina says:

    Good interview but I do get tired of the ‘Texas’ generalizations. I’m from Texas, born and raised here and still live here. I’m a professional, college-educated and liberal woman. I’m 32, unmarried and without children. Not all of us love Dubya and Rick Perry. Okay, end of rant. I just wanted to clear that up.

    • Bluedog says:

      Selena didn’t say anything about politics and I wish you hadn’t, either.

      I take your point about the rest, though. As a life-long Southerner, the tired old stereotypes that Selena brought up offend me because they aren’t true. I don’t know anyone like that. All my family and friends are hard-working, educated, goal-oriented people. Sure, there are shiftless people in the South, like there are everywhere, but to imply that’s how all Southerners are is offensive.

      • Lemonade says:

        I’m a southerner (North Carolina) and Selena is not far off from the truth…at least for my generation (20-30). Everyone I know that stayed in the hometown area without going off to college, vocational school or military has at least 2 kids by now. Some even more. It has more to do with a lack of education than location though.

        It drives me crazy because the same girl I went to High School with who complained on Facebook 2 weeks ago about not having enough organic baby formula for her 6mo old baby until the 1st and needed donations announced last night that she was pregnant again. She works at subway, baby daddy is a janitor because it gives him a flexible schedule for his band practice. This sort of stuff is what drives me towards becoming more conservative in my political views because not all poverty is accidental, sometimes its just piss poor planning/selfishness.

      • Blue says:

        I don’t think she meant it that way. She was born to a teenage mother. Statistically her chances of having a child in her teens as well is higher. Add to that her mother was a single mom, she might have gone hunting for male love in the wrong place and end up with a bunch of kids. She wasn’t doing it to offend anyone.

    • Cat says:

      I have family in TX & depending where you are, it’s a hard cycle to break. Where one portion of my family is, she hit the nail on the head. Many marry young & start families young. I’m not saying that’s true of every community there. That sand-trap could be true of hers though. Plus, I don’t see it as a TX thing, it can be true anywhere. I hardly see her statement as making a grand generalization for the entire state. Nor do I see it as her saying that’s how life plays out for everyone. I took it that perhaps for her, while there, she had already found herself on that road.

      • elo says:

        WOW because people in Texas are just stuck here having kids. (Eyeroll). I am from a small West Texas town and now live in San Antonio and I know way more people in their 30′s unmarried, no children, working on masters degrees and higher, then I do people with more than 2 children. I hate it when people act like they were so lucky to get out of Texas when we have 4 of the top 10 cities for art, many large universities, two of the ten largest cities in America and had two of the top twenty cities best for business with San Antonio being 4 and Austin being 19. Someone one from here should know better than to portray Texans in that light, even a vapid Bieber dating teenager. Texas Rant Out

      • MST says:

        Lots of people here in Pennsylvania — not only Philly but in the many rural towns across the state — marry young and have children young, too It’s not just a Texas thing

      • Cat says:

        Perhaps I shouldn’t have led off with I have family in TX & in one area see that true, so the point wouldn’t be lost. Yes, it can be true anywhere; which I stated above.

      • Marty says:

        I get everyones point about being from Texas, but she’s not just talking about that. She means being a Mexican-American in Texas. People can’t deny that there is a certain amount of negative sterotypes associated with our culture that aren’t exactly wrong.

    • & says:

      I don’t think it’s as much about Texas as it is about her particular circumstances and environment. Texas is just where she’s from. Had her experiences occured in Ohio or wherever, she probably would have said the same thing. She speaks fondly of Texas, so I think the “generalizations” that people think she’s making may be a bit misconstrued.

      • madashell says:

        I agree with that, she’s clearly referring to her circumstances here, not where she’s from. I get a “well-brought-up” vibe from this girl who is proud to be from Texas.I’m sure she’ll still have those two kids, but cause she waited, their great-great grandchildren won’t have to work a day in their lives.

    • telesma says:

      A) As pointed out above, she didn’t say anything about any of those things. And…

      B) Texas has the 2nd highest total teen pregnancy rate and the 4th highest per capita rate of teen pregnancy in the union. Her comment, whether you like it or not, was quite likely true. It certainly wasn’t an unrealistic slur on Texas’ good name. (And FTR, I was born at Baylor UMC in Dallas.)

    • ViktoryGin says:

      Sweetie, I’m Texan, too, and have you seen what passes as sex education in our state?

      Unfortunately, her stating that she could have been a teen mom is not off the mark considering that TX, statistically, has one of the high rates of teenage pregnancies in the nation. The numbers are higher for the South in general.

    • CKate says:

      +1 to launicaangelina. Blue, I notice you didn’t rant at the lady from California for getting political. You must have agreed with her.

  6. Shelley says:

    I know it’s silly but her large head on her short body annoys me

    • mommak918 says:

      Wow, yes that Texas statement is not cool….and what does it matter if you do have kids young?

      As a mother of two (I am young btw) I’m 26. But I moved to Austin from my small Tx town…went to The Unviersity of my bachelor’s and masters….and have my own business. I may of married at 23. But I still am successful and me and my husband both work for ourselves….

      Not everyone in Texas lives off others and thinks children hold them back or hinder them. I understand not wanting to be a statistic…but not all of us are.

      • Theresa says:

        I am also 26 with 2 kids and moving to Austin (from Miami) small world,

        I also think she meant this more as a reference to her micro environment (born toa teen mom) then her macro environment (inTexas)

      • telesma says:

        She’s 20 years old and is likely referencing the teen pregnancy rates in Texas, which are among the highest in the union, should you care to look that up. Whatever you think about “having children young”, I think most rational people will agree that children having children is FAR from ideal.

      • ViktoryGin says:

        First of all, you are in the minority. The numbers of women who have children under the age of twenty who end up with a Masters is are low. You are a rarity. (Plus, you’re married. That makes a HUGE difference.)

        Second, read my above comments.

  7. says:

    She looks like a child version of Rachel Weisz in pic #3.

    I find her comment on having 2 kids by now to be a little judgmental.

  8. Linda says:

    She’s the only Disney starlet that I actually like. I will admit that I stopped liking her for a while when she started dating Princess Beiber, but…she’s just so cute! I like her again, if she wants my love she’s gonna have to dump Princess.

  9. Malificent says:

    I think she just referred to Texas becuse it’s her home. I don’t think she was specifically referring to geography as much as the socio-economic community that she grew up in. Within one geographic area, there are a lot of different “worlds”. And often what holds people back from opportunities to improve their life is not even realizing that those other worlds exist.

    My mother grew up in a family that didn’t value education, but she spent some time with people who did, and figured out that it was important. So she made sure that her kids knew the importance of a good education, even though it was something she didn’t have herself.

    If Selena had stayed there, with people who didn’t think of other options, she may well have ended up a poor, single mom. But obviously her mother knew there was another life she could live, and gave her the right attitude to get that life — whether it was through acting or some other route.

  10. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I think she looks more mature in this shoot bc of her facial expressions (in addition to the styling). When she smiles (traditional smiling), she appears to be a cheeky 12 year old…when not smiling, well..older for sure. I know what it’s like since I’m cheeky too…when I smile in pics, I look about 7-8 years younger than my mid-twenties age.

    • Marty says:

      Same here! Although I’m more chubby than cheeky, haha. It use to bother me when people thought I was younger but it doesn’t anymore. We’ll apprciate it more as we get older, right?

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Last August, I was with my little nephew and out of nowhere he said to me, ‘Do people always treat you like a baby because you look like a teenager?’ Heck yes, we making sandcastles at the beach, what’s your point?

        Little Scampers always makes sure to ask me, ‘When are you going to *get* some kids? I really, really want you get married. Aren’t there any boys in Toronto who you love? We (him and my niece) can help you plan it, we can help you pick a dress.’ He’s not a brat about it, he’s actually quite a doll and has more friends in grade two than I’ll probably ever have. Girls have been fighting over him since he was four. Okay, he’s being a bit cheeky when he says I have to get married before it’s too late and if I ask him how old he thinks I am, he just giggles. I told him that he wants something to happen, he must learn to take action, so if he wants me to get married, he’ll have to find me a husband and pay for the wedding. He looked pensive when I told him that two weeks ago and I think the gears are turning.

        I’ll have to send my apologies to both him and my niece, because I’ve missed their latest marriage deadline. When I questioned them about when I should marry, he said ‘When you’re twenty’, which makes me wonder if he’s been playing in Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s WABAC machine, and she said ‘Tomorrow’. She’s in kindergarten. They’re both insane. What you think, guys? Are any of you willing to protect me against the wrath towards my spinsterhood and non-compliance in the amendment of my marital status to a couple of well-meaning and mouthy little hoods? The work in tandem and one WILL tickle you while the other steals your candy at Christmas.


  11. SallyBee says:

    Looking at the pic of her in the black dress is disturbing to me…. I felt like I was looking at a little girl trying to be sexy. Made me uncomfortable.

  12. midnightmoon says:

    she photographs well and doesn’t seem to get so much photoshopped. she seems well grounded tho the famewhore stuff makes me wonder. we’ll see.

  13. Meaghan says:

    I love her, I think she is absolutely adorable.

  14. Crystal says:

    “She’s always seemed like she’s wise beyond her years”

    Then what is she doing with that little dbag justin bieber

  15. april says:

    She’s different. Her face is so babyish and her voice sounds so deep, like a much older person who smokes. To me, her voice and face do not match. Also, I don’t know why she couldn’t have said if she wasn’t where she is today she could have been in college. She has a nice figure, though.

  16. wapower says:

    I can see what she is saying. She knows that if she didn’t have the opportunity to have a big career, she wouldn’t have expanded her horizons and life goals beyond having children.

  17. F5 says:

    at least new moms have excuse for gaining weight, what’s hers? 0__o

  18. jaye says:

    Why are people getting their sacks in a twist over her comment? Clearly, she was basing what she said not on generalizations but on what her experience was or could have been. She never once said that if you live in Texas you will end up young and pregnant. You have a double masters and are in the process of becoming a corporate dynamo or saving the world? That’s fantastic…kudos to you. But your experience isn’t her experience or mine or anyone elses.

  19. thebutlerdidit says:

    The fact that some are commenting here that she’s a good singer? Hah. No. She has a thinner weaker voice, even worse than Taylor Swift. She lip synchs live, and on a few times she attempted live, they boost her backing track and backing vocals high enough to cover. She is a mediocre actress,does ok with lite comedy, very, very cute. She was matched up w/ The Biebs to make him appear older, and give her the fame push that dating Nick Jonas, didn’t. It’s all a fakey fake pretty picture like the one above.

  20. karen says:

    but but Eva is from Texas too! Maybe her Mom let her know (too often) how having a child at 16 ruined her prospects. Yes, the South is full of teen moms but many of them do work hard at college and or jobs and find success without being millionaires. (Though its tough nowadays.)

  21. Ashley says:

    Selena Gomez is one of the few former Disney stars that don’t bug the sh*t out of me.. I have a feeling Selena and Justin will break up within the next couple of years. To me, Justin comes off as a douchebag. I read an article about how he made fun of the way British people talk and I was so annoyed. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of an anglophile but it’s like, what did England do to you? You should be respectful when you’re in a foreign country.. Idk there’s just something about Justin that pisses me off. I think the fame and money has gotten to his head. But I appreciate Selena. She seems much more humble.

  22. LeslieM says:

    I think she is great. She is very talented and fun to watch. She’s never gotten in trouble and does great interviews. I’m sure she was saying that in her environment lots of young girls, girls she knows got pregnant very young.

  23. Amy says:

    Whatever happened to Selena and Demi Lovato? They were BFF growing up, right? Did they have some kind of fight?

    Wizards of Waverly Place is okay as far as Disney Channel shows go. It’s all about over acting and physical comedy and sarcastic dialogue on that channel.

    Selena always seemed like a good kid, despite the fact she is with Justin Bieber. When they are done, I hope she moves on to somebody more mature. The tabloids make it seem like they have a volatile relationship (who knows really), here’s hoping she gets sick of that and moves on!