Selena Gomez: 'My Mom Had Me at 16'

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(Dec. 12) - Selena Gomez's vow to remain pure until marriage was a choice she made to avoid the hardships her mother faced as a pregnant teen. "My mother had me at 16," she reveals in a new interview (J-14 via OceanUP.) Gomez says her stance on sex is "a promise to myself, to my family and to God... People say, 'She's trying too hard.' I'm not trying to be anybody but myself," she said.
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While living as a teen mother, Mandy Teefey lived "paycheck to paycheck" trying to support her daughter. Gomez's biological parents, Teefey and Ricardo Joel Gomez, split when Selena was 5, forcing Teefey to move back home.
Gomez admits her mother's strength has inspired her to go after her dreams and remain on a successful path. "My [role model] is first and foremost my mom," she said.
Gomez was given her first purity ring by her biological father at age 12 and has stayed true to her promise, despite criticism.
"People say, 'Oh, she's got a purity ring, she's got this, she's got that -- she's totally just trying to be a good girl,'" Gomez said. "It's so weird."
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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the Kodak Theatre on November 22, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the Kodak Theatre on November 22, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the Kodak Theatre on November 22, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the Kodak Theatre on November 22, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the Kodak Theatre on November 22, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at the 2008 CNN Heroes held at the Kodak Theatre on November 22, 2008 in Hollywood, California. 17285_JS_0253.JPG

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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at the 2008 CNN Heroes held at the Kodak Theatre on November 22, 2008 in Hollywood, California. 17285_JS_0247.JPG

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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at the CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute awards show, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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    Actress Selena Gomez arrives at the CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute awards show, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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    HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Selena Gomez arrives at the Second Annual "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood and Highland on November 22, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Selena Gomez

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