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Family First: Selena Gomez's Real Dad Is Still in her Life, Contrary to Popular Belief

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You may have heard a little bit about Selena Gomez's mother Mandy Teefey – you know, considering the fact that she executive produced 13 Reasons Why alongside her daughter, of course. But what about her dad? Not many people know about the other side of the singer's family, so we're breaking it down for you.

Who is Selena Gomez's real dad?

Selena's birth father is Rick Gomez. He and Selena's mom Mandy Teefey were high school sweethearts – and Mandy had her when she was just 16 years old.

While Rick's parents said in an interview that they took care of their granddaughter a lot while she was a baby, Selena suggested in an interview that her mom essentially raised her alone.

"I blamed my mom a lot [for the divorce] because I wanted a family so bad," she said in an interview. "I wanted to have my mom and dad together. I remember just being angry with my mom. I still feel really bad about that."

She went on to say that her mother literally sacrificed everything for her.

"Having me at sixteen had to have been a big responsibility. My mom gave up everything for me and had, like, three jobs. She supported me, sacrificed her life for me," she added.

Is Selena Gomez close with her dad?

Rick and Mandy split when Selena was 5 years old, and although it's unclear how much time Rick spent taking care of Selena growing up – it is safe to say he has been cheering her on and spending time with her throughout the years. Rick shared a particularly heartwarming throwback photo of the father-daughter duo in 2004 at a Valentine's Day dance – and they still spend time together today.

Does Selena Gomez have siblings on her dad's side?

Selena Gomez's mom has a daughter named Gracie Elliot Teefey, Rick also has a daughter named Tori Gomez, so she has two adorable younger half sisters from each of her parents. Selena is always spending time with both sides of the family, including Rick's now-wife Sara Gomez and her son (Selena's step-brother) Marcus.

It's safe to say Selena and her biological dad definitely have a good relationship. But Rick isn't her only father figure, as her stepdad Brian Teefey is in her life as well.

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