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Selena Gomez's mother Mandy Cornett raised her daughter as a single parent. Giving birth to her at a young age, she and Selena's dad divorced when Selena was just 5 years old.
Gomez, 20, opens up about her childhood in the December issue of Glamour magazine. Like many kids, she didn't initially appreciate all of her mom's hard work.
"I definitely didn't appreciate [my upbringing] when I was little. I was frustrated that my parents weren't together and never saw the light at the end of the tunnel where my mom was working hard to provide a better life for me," she said. "I'm terrified of what I would have become if I'd stayed there. I'm sure I'd have two children by now."
Gomez isn't a teen mom. Looking back, she's grateful for her mother, for growing up in Texas, her good friends and everything she learned from her mother.
"It's because of [my mom] that I can do things on my own. I like being professional," she said. "I like showing up on time. I like being good to people, and I know that I'm reflecting her at the end of the day."
Now, she lives with "no regrets."
"I have good people around me, and I’m glad I’m at the place I’m in. I wish I was there back then.”
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