Everyone's curious about Selena Gomez and her dad after watching 'My Mind & Me'

He's remained out of the spotlight, but Selena Gomez and her dad share a close bond

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 03: Selena Gomez attends Variety's 2022 Hitmakers brunch at City Market Social House on December 03, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Selena Gomez and her dad became a hot topic of conversation following the streaming of Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me on AppleTV+ last year.

In the documentary, the singer and actor is an open book, and viewers see her get candid about everything, from her health conditions and work life, to her friendship with Francia Raisa, and even the famous end of her longterm relationship with Justin Bieber. Primarily, the doc is a discussion of mental health, and the important of being open about your feelings. And because of that, of course Selena's family, and her relationships with them, play a big part in the documentary as well.

Though she and her mother Mandy are two peas in a pod, not much is known about Selena Gomez's father. However, through watching the documentary, fans of Selena's began to be curious about their relationship—so here's everything we know about the father-daughter duo.

Selena Gomez and her dad: what fans need to know

Selena was born in to Mandy Cornett and Ricardo "Rick" Gomez in 1992 in Texas, when both of parties were in high school. Ultimately, their marriage did not last long, and the two called it quits a few years after Selena was born.

Although Selena and her father do have a relationship, she and her mother Mandy were the ones who really pursued the entertainment route while Selena was growing up. 

“He didn’t want to be a part of this industry life, so it was really me and my mom, our journey,” Gomez told Rolling Stone.

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After his break-up from Mandy, he later married his second wife, Sara, in 2012. They share two children together. Mandy also re-married a man called Brian Teefey.

What happened to Selena Gomez's dad?

It seems as though Selena Gomez and her dad were less close when she was a child, as it appears he was a little bit more out of the picture at this time. 

Although Rick decided to stay out of the limelight, he is still very proud of his relationship with his children. On Instagram, he regularly posts photos of his youngest daughter, Victoria, his stepson, Marcus, and of course, his first child, Selena. On his feed, you'll even catch a few throwbacks of Selena, way back from her Barney & Friends era. (Adorable!)

How old is Selena Gomez's mom?

Mandy, who hails from Italian descent, is 46 years old. She married her husband, Brian in 2006, and together they share a daughter named Gracie. Mandy previously worked as Selena's manager, and the pair even share a production company—the same one that produced Netflix's 13 Reasons Why!

While at the Paw Works Animal Rescue Ties and Tails Gala in October 2022, the former stage manager revealed how she's proud of the woman her daughter has become, but she admitted she doesn't feel ready to revisit the hardships discussed in My Mind & Me.

"It kind of just put me in a headspace that you just don’t want to revisit after you’ve grown through so much," she said, according to ET Canada

Both she and Selena will give the doc a watch when they feel they're ready. "But what I’ve seen of it, it’s beautiful," she noted.

Selena Gomez siblings

Selena has two half-siblings, Gracie, her mother's daughter, and Victoria, Rick's daughter, and one step-brother, Marcus, her father's stepson. Every so often we can catch a glimpse of them on her social media, as well as Selena Gomez's father and her mother.

Regardless of the topic, Selena's new documentary shows her being truthful and letting it all out. In the series, she explains that she is living on her terms, embracing her wellbeing and sharing helpful tidbits along the way. 

"Everything that I've gone through, it's gonna be there," she says in the My Mind & Me trailer. "I'm just making it my friend now."

Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me is available to stream on Apple TV+ now.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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