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Selena Gomez Reveals: My Mom's Car Would Break Down & We'd Have To Search For Quarters To Buy Gas!

Thu, June 30, 2011 4:16pm EDT by Chloe Melas 19 Comments
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Selena may wear fabulous clothes and get anything she wants now — but it wasn’t always that way. Selena’s mom used to struggle just to put food on the table!

If you love Selena Gomez, you’re going to fall for her even more now! The 18-year-old Disney star was featured in her own E! Entertainment Special on June 29 and she told shocking stories about growing up in Grand Prairie, TX., — she and her mom Mandy barely had enough money to live!

“I remember my mom would run out of gas all of the time and we’d sit there and have to go through the car and get quarters and help her get gas,” Selena remembers. “Because she never liked to ask my grandparents for money.”

Selena’s mom Mandy adds: “Ya we might have run out of gas – we did have to walk to the dollar store to get dollar spaghetti and make it … so we always had food but if I knew she wanted to go to a concert I would save up for it. You do the best you can with what you’re given.”

Aw, that is so sweet and makes us tear up! No wonder Selena is so down-to-earth and well rounded.

But times have definitely changed for this pop star. Her boyfriend Justin Bieber reportedly gave her a $30,000 Chanel watch when she was in the hospital suffering from malnutrition.

“I remember having a lot of macaroni and cheese but my mom never made it seem like it was a big deal,” she says. “She was really strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility. My mom gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me sacrificed her life for me.”

— Chloe Melas

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