Why Selena Gomez Speaks Terrible Spanish Despite Being Hispanic

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In an interview with ShowBizCafe about her role as The Kid in the American action thriller film Getaway, Selena Gomez admitted that she can’t speak Spanish despite her Hispanic heritage.

“Actually, it’s a shame because I should know [Spanish] better than I do,” the young star told the Spanish language website devoted to movies for the US Hispanic.

Selena Gomez is not able to speak SpanishSelena Gomez, participating in a Bright Minds live-stream talk show with Miley Cyrus on April 8, 2020, is not able to speak Spanish

“I don’t know it very well because my dad’s side of the family, which is the Mexican side, they are in Texas and I’m always traveling and I’m working so it’s very hard for me to stay communicated … but I do wish I could buckle down and I want to actually learn it and be completely fluent, that’s probably on my bucket list.”

Third-generation American-Mexican singer Selena Gomez wearing Prada arrives at ACLU SoCal's Annual Bill Of Rights Dinner 2019Third-generation American-Mexican singer Selena Gomez wearing Prada arrives at ACLU SoCal’s Annual Bill Of Rights Dinner 2019 held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 17, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States

“I can understand it, I can understand a whole conversation it would just be hard for me to piece the response back,” Gomez said about her Spanish skills. She has described herself as “a proud third-generation American-Mexican.”

In 2016, she surprised fans by speaking entirely in Spanish for the duration of a 38-second commercial for Pantene. According to experts on Quora, her Spanish is “terrible” and “her pronunciation is similar to that of any other English-speaking American.”

In February 2015, Selena Gomez joined Lady Gaga, Ashley Greene, Christina Aguilera, Emma Stone, Miley Cyrus, Irina Shayk, Diane Kruger, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the Vanity Fair party following the 2015 Academy Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Selena Gomez's glossy nude lip and smokey eyesSelena Gomez’s glossy nude lip and smokey eyes

The then 22-year-old singer and actress donned a black long-sleeved Louis Vuitton floor-length gown featuring metallic print and diagonal stripes.

Selena Gomez can't speak Spanish despite her Hispanic heritageSelena Gomez can’t speak Spanish despite her Hispanic heritage

She carried a Lee Savage clutch and added a dramatic touch with a glossy nude lip and smokey eyes.

Selena Gomez at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 2015 OscarsSelena Gomez at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 2015 Oscars in Beverly Hills on February 22, 2015

While admittedly stunning, we prefer seeing Selena in more colorful ensembles. Do you agree that her outfit needed a pop of color? Let us know your fashion verdict by leaving a comment below!

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