Twenty-six-year-old singer-songwriter Selena Gomez has had her fair share of ups and down. Gomez literally grew up on television and has established a solid fan base. Now the pop singer is one of the most followed personality on Instagram.

Gomez’s popularity may be attributed to several things. Apart from her talent, a powerful force behind her is her background. The Latina’s demographics on Instagram is one of the highest on social media. The pop icon knows how to balance what comes out to the public.

But for fans who couldn't get enough of Gomez’s social posts and news, below are some facts about the “Wolves” singer.

1. Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez were close childhood friends

The two started in the classic children’s show “Barney & Friends.” The friendship started when they talked while in line for the show’s audition. Both got in, and since then they have become inseparable.

Their friendship is quite rocky at present as the two artists have been throwing shades on their social media accounts. Reports claim that Lovato has unfollowed Gomez again.

2. Selena Gomez loves pickles

Gomez often requests pickles to be ready in her dressing room during tours. She loves pickles so much that she eats them straight from the jar or pours pickle juice over her popcorn.

3. Her first kiss was Dylan Sprouse

This happened in the show “The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody,” where she appeared as a guest star. She described the kiss as an “awkward” moment. She was only 12 years old at the time.

4. She loves McDonald’s

Gomez loves McDonald’s so much that she was spotted eating one at the backstage of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show prior to her performance. And during a “Carpool Karaoke” on the “Late Late Show With James Corden,” they stopped at a McDonald’s drive-thru.

5. She used to wear a purity ring

Gomez started wearing a purity ring when she was 13 as a promise to God to keep her purity until marriage. However, she has stopped wearing it when she started dating singer Justin Bieber.

6. She founded July Moon Productions

Gomez has so much talent that it goes beyond singing and acting. She manages a production company responsible for the hit teen series “13 Reasons Why.” Season 2 of the show aired last year and is waiting for a Season 3.

7. She had a kidney transplant

As part of her lupus treatment, Gomez was required to have a kidney transplant. Fellow celebrity and friend Francia Raísa donated her kidney to Gomez. The singer shared to Instagram a photo of them in a hospital bed and thanked her family, fans, doctors and, of course, kidney donor.

8. She suffered from depression and anxiety

Gomez's life is an open book. Last year, news emerged on Gomez's anxiety, depression and panic attacks, which were associated with her lupus. Now she is an avid supporter of mental health movements.

9. She is one of the most-followed celebrities on Instagram

Gomez was the most-followed celebrity on Instagram with 146.3 million followers. She was dethroned this month by Ariana Grande, who now has 146.5 million followers.

10. Here are her favorites

The singer names Paramore as her favorite band. Her favorite sports is basketball. She loves horror movies the most. Her favorite fruit is mango. Halloween is one of her favorite holidays.