In the new issue of BOP, Justin and Selena open up about their childhood struggles — and explain how their secret pain helped their love become so strong.
Justin and Selena were both raised by single teen mothers and grew up with hardly any money. Justin and his mom, Pattie, lived in low-income housing for a while, but were forced to move in with Justin’s grandparents, Bruce and Diane, when things times got really tough. Justin told BOP:
“I didn’t have a real bed. I slept on a blue pull-out couch in my room.”
Selena and her mom, Mandy, faced similar financial hardships. When she was young, Selena recalled being so poor in her hometown of Grand Prairie, TX that her mother would save up change so that they could drive a few hours away to visit their family and friends.
“I remember my mom would run out of gas all the time. We’d sit there and have to go through the car and get quarters and help her get gas because she never liked to ask my grandparents for money.”
Even though Selena’s mom worked three jobs to try and support their family of two, there was never enough money to go around.
Despite their hopeless surroundings, both Justin and Selena never gave up hope that one day they would become big stars. The couple still going strong today!