- Selena Gomez turned 30 in July, and she threw herself a wedding-inspired party for the occasion.
- Gomez told Rolling Stone she did it because she always thought she’d be married by 25.
- Attendees were people she knew in her 20s, including Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, and Cara Delevingne.
Selena Gomez said ‘yes’ to herself and threw a wedding for her 30th birthday party in July because she thought she’d be married by now.
The star, who skyrocketed to fame while starring on the Disney Channel, spoke about celebrating the milestone with Alex Morris for Rolling Stone’s December cover story. It comes with the release of her new documentary, “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me,” on Friday, which shines a light on her mental health journey. The intimate documentary was filmed over several years of Gomez’s life and starts with footage of the young star during rehearsals for her 2016 “Revival” tour.
Gomez’s struggle with her mental health, including her bipolar disorder diagnosis, began in her early 20s. She told the publication it was also right around the time that she’d thought she’d get married.
“I grew up thinking I would be married at 25,” she said. “It wrecked me that I was nowhere near that — couldn’t be farther from it. It was so stupid, but I really thought my world was over.”
But as she neared her 30th birthday, she said decided to throw a wedding party in Malibu, California.
“I thought I would be married by now, so I threw myself a wedding,” Gomez said. “We had lovely drinks, and it was beautiful, and then my friend Cara [Delevingne] comes in and brings strippers.”
Other attendees included Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Camila Cabello, and Francia Raísa, who donated a kidney to Gomez in 2017. As Insider previously reported, Gomez underwent surgery after an autoimmune disease called lupus impaired her kidneys.
As much as Gomez’s birthday party was a celebration, she also said it was her way of saying goodbye to her tumultuous 20s.
Morris wrote that the Rare beauty founder invited people who had played an important part within that decade, whether she still spoke to them or not. The birthday party also featured a Barney cake as a nod to Gomez’s first job as an actor on “Barney & Friends.”
At the time, Gomez shared several Instagram posts relating to her birthday. One carousel of images shows her walking down a rose-lined staircase at her birthday party wearing a blush-pink Versace dress, which she told Rolling Stone was elegant.
In another birthday-related post showing a black-and-white photograph of herself, Gomez wrote: “My twenties were a journey through good, hard and beautiful moments that I will never forget.”
“Each of them has shaped me into the person that I am today,” she added. “I am someone who is still learning, but is more certain about what matters and what she wants.”