Who is Ricardo Joel Gomez?
Born on March 6, 1975 in Texas, USA, Ricardo Joel Gomez is best known as the father of singer/actress Selena Gomez. His daughter has gained international acclaim for her acting and musical releases – some of her most notable projects include “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “13 Reasons Why”. She has also released hits such as “Good for You”, “Hands to Myself” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore”.
The Wealth of Ricardo Joel Gomez
As of early 2020, Ricardo Joel Gomez has a net worth estimated to be over $100,000 earned through success in his various endeavors.
Hello world, I’m Selena’s dad Ricardo 😀 pic.twitter.com/CSg9QsMoNm
— Ricardo Joel Gomez (@RicardoJoelGom1) April 23, 2013
He is also likely benefiting from his daughter’s success as Selena Gomez has a net worth estimated at over $75 million, thanks to a successful career in the entertainment industry.
Life and relationships
Ricardo met stage actress Amanda Dawn Cornett sometime in the late 1980s, and the two began dating, which led to their marriage. Their daughter Selena was named after singer and actress Selena, who was one of the most celebrated Tejano musicians before her sudden passing. He lived and raised his family with his Spanish heritage in mind. He also raised them Catholic, although he did not strictly adhere to the Church’s beliefs, although they attended regularly.
His relationship with Amanda only lasted five years after Selena’s birth, when they eventually divorced, with their daughter mainly living with her mother. It took him a while to reconnect with his daughter, although he later became a purity ring blessed for her. After her daughter’s rise in the entertainment industry, he became an internet celebrity for some time and had a significant following on Instagram, but later deleted his social media accounts, preferring to lead a more private life.
Daughter – Selena Gomez
Selena had a lot of trouble financially growing up, especially after her parents got divorced.
Her mother had hardly any work experience, as she was a teen when she had her child. They often ate spaghetti at a dollar store to make ends meet. Her mother worked three jobs and they moved from Texas to find better opportunities. Since both her parents also worked to complete school, she was mainly raised by her grandparents. However, in her youth, many noticed her beauty and this led her to participate in various pageants. She was inspired to take up acting after seeing her mother in one of her stage productions.
She later auditioned for “Barney & Friends” which led her to meet and befriend Demi Lovato – the two appeared on the show in 2002 with Selena playing the character of Gianna. She stayed with the show for two years before leaving as it was believed she was getting too old for the part. In 2003, she appeared in “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over”, and also had a guest role in “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”.
Selena Gomez – On the road to fame
In 2007, Selena was cast as the character Mikayla for the series “Hannah Montana”, appearing in several episodes. She achieved her breakthrough when she successfully auditioned for a role in the Disney show “Wizards of Waverly Place”; she played the lead character Alex Russo, but the role required her to move to Hollywood with her mother.
The show followed her character who is part of a family of wizards who own a restaurant in New York. During this time, she started recording music, starting with the theme song for her show. She also collaborated with the Jonas Brothers on the song “Burnin’ Up”.
In the following years, Selena continued to contribute to Disney in both acting and singing. She worked on the direct-to-video movie “Another Cinderella Story” and voiced the character, Helga, in “Horton Hears a Who!” which was a commercial success.
She signed a record deal with Hollywood Records and then founded her own production company called July Moon Productions, which would later be responsible for creating the Netflix series ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’. In the late 2000s, she continued to work with Disney and appeared as a guest on several shows, while also starring in “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie”.
Selena Gomez – Later career
In the following years, Gomez made an effort to release more mainstream music and move away from her typical Disney roles. She voiced one of the main characters in “Hotel Transylvania” which was very successful, leading to a franchise.
She also began releasing hit singles such as “Come & Get It” and “Slow Down”, which led to her Stars Dance Tour.
She was diagnosed with the disease in 2012 lupus, and had to be treated for it for years to come. Things got worse sometime in 2017 when she suddenly withdrew from public events and was noticeably absent from social media. It was later revealed that she had a kidney transplant donated by one of her close friends, Francia Raisa. In recent years she has been working on ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ and continues to release successful hits.
Some of her recent musical projects include “Lose You To Love Me”, “Taki Taki” and “Look at Her Now”. She also does a lot of philanthropic work and has been a member of the UNICEF organization since 2008. One of her recent charity events was the WE Day California held in Los Angeles in 2019. WE charity for an event in Kenya.
Ricardo later married a woman named Sara in 2012 and they have a child together. Since then, he has mostly lived a quiet life and didn’t get too involved with Selena to attract media attention. His ex-wife Amanda married Brian Teefey in 2006 and the couple have two children. All of Selena’s half-siblings are reportedly close to her.