While Selena Gomez's presence looms large over Los Angeles, the singer is not actually from the Golden State. Gomez, who shares both Mexican and Italian roots, was actually born in Grand Prairie, Texas, where she lived together with her mom, Mandy Teefey, and her dad Ricardo Gomez until they divorced when she was 5 years old.
On multiple occasions (including at the Houston Rodeo way back when!), Gomez has shared how special Texas is for her, because it's where both her parents were born and where most of her extended family still lives. Fun fact: it's also the birthplace the singer-songwriter Selena is named after — Selena Quintanilla.
Despite moving to LA as a teen for her Disney debut, Selena has always considered Texas home. Until recently, she even owned a house in North Texas, which became the setting for many of her (and her family's) Instagram pictures, including cute snaps of her godson!