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In Photos: That's What Friends Are For! Selena Gomez's BFFs Threw Her The Best 26th Birthday Party Ever

Now this is what real #BFFGoals looks like!



It feels just like yesterday when Selena Gomez waltzed into our lives as a budding Disney star whose cherubic face and onscreen charm swept us off our feet. Today, while she's just as cute as ever, she's certainly all grown up! The child actress turned worldwide singing sensation just celebrated her 26th birthday last weekend in the company of all the awesome friends she's made throughout her life.

While many expected the Texas-born beauty to celebrate the milestone lavishly, Selena chose to keep a low-profile and spend the special day with her innermost circle instead. Allowing herself to be unguarded around friends and free from worry might have been part of Selena's birthday treat to herself, considering the recent buzz surrounding her ex-love Justin Bieber's engagement to Hailey Baldwin that thrusted her into the public eye yet again.


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Adamant in giving Selena the best birthday she's ever had, the pop star's closest friends made the most of not one, but three birthday bashes!

The celebrations were kicked off on Saturday night, the eve of Selena's birthday, when she was surprised backstage at the Inglewood, California Imagine Dragons show she was attending. Caught completely off-guard by her friend and fellow singer Grace VanderWaal who organized the surprise, the birthday girl was photographed looking totally overjoyed at what was laid before her: a box of white frosted cupcakes with a happy birthday message written on them in blue icing.

Selena and Grace hugged out the touching moment which would be the perfect pre-birthday surprise to the next day's festivities.


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Come her actual birthday on Sunday, Selena hopped on a yacht with a handful of gal pals to share a toast to another year in her life spent wisely. Sailing on Newport Beach on the Ambassador Yacht—an elegant sea vessel with a capacity of 149—Selena was all smiles at her Italian-themed party. Unlimited glasses of bubbly, pasta, music, a wet bar, balloons in the color of the Italian flag, and professional catering completed the picture.

Selena might not have shared too much about the private event on social media, but her friends more than compensated by taking lovely pictures of her, who was clearly having a blast.

Last but not least, the ultimate—and literal—icing on Selena's birthday cake was the adorable surprise from her biggest BFF, Taylor Swift. Her Instagram Stories showed a pink birthday cake presumably baked by Taylor herself with the "punny" message, "Gomez or go home" and a caption that read, "Will I let distance stop me from celebrating my best friend's birthday? I mean, I could but why would I want 2?"


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The gesture earned admiration as Taylor is currently busy with her worldwide Reputation tour but found time to create the personalized surprise. These two birds of the same feather might not have been together on this special day, but with a bond as strong as theirs, not even thousands of miles could make them any less sweet.

With friends like hers, it's no wonder that Selena has been able to traverse life with confidence, during good times and bad. They're the best birthday gifts anyone could ask for!

Happy birthday, Selena! Cheers to more friendship-filled years to come!




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