If you know anything about Selena Gomez, then you know she is super close to her mom, Mandy Teefey. Selena often credits her mom for kickstarting her own desire to be an actress, since her mom acted too and Selena grew up in that theater environment. They've worked together on projects and Sel is always saying how she wouldn't be the person she is today with Mandy.
"My momma. I sit back and think about how much she has done and shown me.. it truly has blown me away. She teaches me most about life and I couldn't be luckier to have a partner like her in life," Selena once wrote on Instagram. Just precious. So what is there to know about Mandy? Well, allow us to explain:
Who is Selena's mom?
Mandy Teefey was born Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Cornett in Texas on April 16, 1976. Currently 41 years old, Mandy was 16 years old when Selena was born and she was married to Sel's father, Ricardo "Rick" Gomez until Selena was five years old and they split.
"I blamed my mom a lot [for the divorce] because I wanted a family so bad. I wanted to have my mom and dad together. I remember just being angry with my mom. I still feel really bad about that," Selena said in an E! Entertainment special. "Having me at 16 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."
Life definitely wasn't easy for Selena and her mom in those early years but Mandy pushed through school, having a job and taking care of a baby at her young age, determined to make a better life for her daughter, although not many people thought she could do it.
"I was a teen mom with Selena, obviously, and was very judged by that, even by my counselors and my teachers [who said] that I failed and just let go of it," Mandy said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight "My neighborhood was a really rough neighborhood [with] gangs. With all of that stuff, and when I got pregnant, I think that's what triggered, because I was like, 'OK, I have another person depending on me. I gotta get straight,' and that's when I started hammering through. I'm like, 'I'm not going to let her have the upbringing I did.' I kind of kept powering through, you get used to it."
Do Selena and her mom work together?
Why yes, yes they do. Selena's mom was her manager for most of her professional career until 2014 when it was reported that Selena basically fired her mom from the position, something that was a hard transition for them both and was a time the starlet described "very awkward" and felt like "a kid going to college."
"I’m growing and changing. I was in a relationship, and I was being managed by my parents, and I was still under Hollywood and Disney, and I was being held to this expectation of being the good girl. I knew deep down that this wasn’t what I wanted to do — being exhausted of forcing something that wasn’t right, even in my personal life. I had to have moments where I was crying and I was like, 'Why am I not in love with what I do?' I was forced to get very uncomfortable for a while in order to make the decisions I made," Selena told The New York Times about that chapter in her life. Mandy clarified to Gossip Cop that the decision for Selena to no longer be managed by her mom was all in an effort to strengthen their family.
"Every mother and daughter has disagreements. We never expected to manage her whole life. We lost family time because the only time we saw her, we talked business. It was no longer fun for any of us, like it was when she was younger and we had to be with her because she was a minor," Mandy said. So clearly no hard feelings. Although Sel's mom isn't managing every aspect of her career anymore, they still are side by side in many projects together. Take 13 Reasons Why for example. Mandy and Selena acquired the rights to Jay Asher's novel years ago and together, they served as executive projects on the Netflix series.
And we have a feeling this hit series is just the first of many highly buzzed about projects the mother/daughter duo is going to give us.
Does Selena's mom have other children?
"My Two Loves, Selena & Gracie: Thank you for teaching me something new every day and inspiring me to always be my best and to not let you down. Nothing in this world is more grand then being your mother. I have come to see beyond myself and celebrate the death of my ego in order to give you my all. Always remember your will cannot be taken away and the most important thing you can do is positively contribute to the lives of others. Love, you fierce Mama Bear, always," she wrote in an open letter. Mandy recently opened up about the baby she lost named Scarlett, before she was pregnant with Gracie, sharing a heartfelt message to her daughters.
"Thank you to all the fans who honored our Scarlett yesterday. Dec 17th will never be the same, but we decide to celebrate her by writing her letters on red balloons and releasing them. Now the 17th is intertwined with the wrap of S2. So, she was there in spirit as always. A moms love for their children is pretty fierce. In order of my girls, Selena, Scarlett and Gracie. Family is what matters, blood or not, #family13 made me smile and feel loved when so needed and they didn’t know. Then, I came home to Brian and Gracie to send our love to Scarlett. Fans, I want you to know you are family because I have a huge family and you are the only ones who remember! XO forever," Mandy wrote on Instagram.
Does Selena's mom have an Instagram?
Yes, she does! You can follow her at @kicked2thecurbproductions.
Does Selena's mom like Justin Bieber?
While Mandy seemed to totally approve of Selena's relationship with The Weeknd, now that Sel is back with JB, her mom appears to well, not be as into it. The Jelena saga is an intense journey, to say the least and Mandy was reportedly taken to the hospital after she got into an argument with Selena about the rekindled Jelena flame, since Mandy didn't think this was anything serious. Yikes. But as Mandy said to Gossip Cop, Selena is capable of making her own life choices and as Sel's mom, Mandy repsects her daughter's life choices, as long as she's staying healthy.
"Selena can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy. She is 25 years old and knows what is at stake with her health. I do not control her the way it has been portrayed. Selena is an adult and can make her own choices," Mandy said.
Let's hope they can all work it out since the bond between Selena and her mom Mandy is truly unbreakable.
WATCH: Cute Pics of Selena and Her Mom Mandy Over the Years
This post was originally published on Dec. 19, 2017 and has since been updated.