I'm terrified of what I would have become if I'd stayed [in Texas]." She later added that "[My mom] was really strong around me.
Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility.
She gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me, sacrificed her life for me." Her grandparents often took care of her while her parents finished their schooling, and the pair went as far as stating that they "raised her" up until she found success in the entertainment industry.
In August 2009, a 17-year-old Gomez became the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever, passing fellow songstress Hayley Westenra, who was 18 when she was chosen.
Gomez surprise released her new single "The Heart Wants What It Wants" (2014) on November 6, and confirmed after months of speculation that she would be releasing a compilation album as a means of finishing out her contract with Hollywood Records.
The album received minimal promotion and failed to achieve much commercial success, selling 35,506 equivalent album units in the United States during its first week of release, and entered the Billboard 200 at number twenty-four.
In 2017, she released a limited-edition collection of handbags called the "Selena Grace" that she designed in collaboration with the luxury brand Coach, Inc.
She has worked with various charitable organizations for years and became a UNICEF ambassador at the age of seventeen.