News, Culture & Society

Selena Gomez snaps up the late Tom Petty’s former home in Encino for $4.9 million

Selena Gomez has snapped up the late rocker Tom Petty’s former home in Encino, California, for $4.9 million.

The 27-year-old Rare singer has decided to splash out an eye-watering sum of money on the mansion Tom and his ex-wife Jane Benyo designed back in 1989. The property has since been renovated. The I Won’t Back Down singer from Florida died in 2017 at the age of 66.

The 11,000 square foot property boasts six bedrooms and 10 baths, according to E! News, which reports that it also features plenty of spare rooms suitable for leisure activities.

A palace: Selena Gomez has snapped up the late rocker Tom Petty’s former home in Encino, California, for $4.9 million

Pretty pad: The 27-year-old Rare singer has decided to splash out an eye-watering sum of money on the mansion Tom and his ex-wife Jane Benyo designed back in 1989

Pretty pad: The 27-year-old Rare singer has decided to splash out an eye-watering sum of money on the mansion Tom and his ex-wife Jane Benyo designed back in 1989

Money mama: Gomez attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in November in Los Angeles, California

Money mama: Gomez attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in November in Los Angeles, California

What’s more, the luxurious abode is home to an in-home recording booth, meaning Selena will be able to make new music from the comfort of her own house.

The new property of the brunette beauty also features a wine cellar, a gym, a massage room and a work space, as well as an extra kitchen.

The Monte Carlo actress last lived in Studio City where she was often seen with ex Justin Bieber. She bought the home for $2.25M in 2017 but it did not offer as much privacy. 

Meanwhile, Selena recently insisted having a boyfriend is ‘nowhere near the top’ of her list of priorities.

The Lose You to Love Me singer stressed that her new song, Boyfriend, was written long before the coronavirus pandemic sparked chaos around the world – and her focus now is on ‘safety, unity, and recovery’ for everyone.

So much room: The 11,000 square foot property boasts six bedrooms and 10 baths, according to E! News, which reports that it also features plenty of spare rooms suitable for leisure activities

So much room: The 11,000 square foot property boasts six bedrooms and 10 baths, according to E! News, which reports that it also features plenty of spare rooms suitable for leisure activities

A great place to have 20 friends over: The living room is big enough for a party with room for two sofas

A great place to have 20 friends over: The living room is big enough for a party with room for two sofas

The chart-topping star – who previously dated Justin Bieber – said on Instagram: ‘Many of you know how excited I’ve been to release a song called Boyfriend.

‘It’s a lighthearted song about falling down and getting back up time and time again in love, but also knowing that you don’t need anyone other than yourself to be happy.

‘We wrote it long before our current crisis, but in the context of today, I want to be clear that a boyfriend is nowhere near the top of my list of priorities. Just like the rest of the world, I’m praying for safety, unity and recovery during this pandemic.’

A great place for a serious chef: The kitchen is spacious with a large island and a big stove with plenty of counter space

A great place for a serious chef: The kitchen is spacious with a large island and a big stove with plenty of counter space

This is where she can have breakfast with her pooch: Gomez will enjoy this quaint breakfast room with a bended wall

This is where she can have breakfast with her pooch: Gomez will enjoy this quaint breakfast room with a bended wall

She also said this week that Donald Trump and his administration can do better when it comes to immigration in the United States.

The president’s name came up when the Rare singer spoke to April issue of Vogue Arabia to promote the series Living Undocumented for Netflix, which she is a producer on.

‘My thoughts on life in Donald Trump’s America? I have said that I don’t claim to be an expert and I understand that there have to be rules and regulations, but we have to do better than what we are doing – we simply have to,’ said the Texas native.

A little living room... off the living room: There is a sitting area behind the main living room

A little living room… off the living room: There is a sitting area behind the main living room

And a yoga room: This area seems to be made for yoga sessions in style; here are four mats under a beam ceiling

And a yoga room: This area seems to be made for yoga sessions in style; here are four mats under a beam ceiling

Stop and listen to this: Also off the main living room is an area with a piano and two chair where Petty played his hits

Stop and listen to this: Also off the main living room is an area with a piano and two chair where Petty played his hits

How can anyone not rest well here? The master bedroom had a balcony with plenty of space to unwind

How can anyone not rest well here? The master bedroom had a balcony with plenty of space to unwind

Take me away Calgon! The bathroom offers an oval shaped tub below a row of windows

Take me away Calgon! The bathroom offers an oval shaped tub below a row of windows

‘I hope we can still offer the American dream. I hope we can still offer people a better life. It’s so important to remember our country was formed by those who came from other countries,’ she added. Her series debuted in October.

Members of Gomez’s family immigrated to the US from Mexico in 1975. They crossed the border while hiding in the back of a truck.  

Her father, Ricardo, was born in America. Her mother, Mandy Teefey, is also a US citizen.

Another look at the private rooms: Here is an office with a fireplace and large windows

Another look at the private rooms: Here is an office with a fireplace and large windows

A guest room: This fun room looks like a cozy place to watch movies; there are high beam ceilings and wall to wall carpet

A guest room: This fun room looks like a cozy place to watch movies; there are high beam ceilings and wall to wall carpet

‘I decided to work on Living Undocumented because I wanted to be a voice for people who can’t or who are terrified to speak about it. It was all so personal to me. 

‘My own grandparents are immigrants and made the decision to come to the US. Through their decision, I have ultimately been given the life that I have, and listening to all these stories made me feel incredibly blessed for the chance I had.’  

She added, ‘The stories from each family hit me emotionally. We have all read the headlines on immigration – but these are people with stories, not headlines. It was time to listen to their complex tales and to how these people’s lives are being affected by immigration policies. Without awareness, we can’t see change, and my biggest hope in all this is that we do get to see change.’

Another fancy bedroom that is the size of most apartments: This room seems to never end with a back living room

Another fancy bedroom that is the size of most apartments: This room seems to never end with a back living room

A great place for kids: Selena has not yet said she wants children soon, but if she does, she already has the home for it

A great place for kids: Selena has not yet said she wants children soon, but if she does, she already has the home for it

A massage and workout room in one: Only the rich can think of having a massage room in their residence

A massage and workout room in one: Only the rich can think of having a massage room in their residence

Jam session time: What's more, the luxurious abode is home to an in-home recording booth, meaning Selena will be able to make new music from the comfort of her own house

Jam session time: What’s more, the luxurious abode is home to an in-home recording booth, meaning Selena will be able to make new music from the comfort of her own house

Where she can make another hit album: There is plenty of space to record music in this mansion

Where she can make another hit album: There is plenty of space to record music in this mansion

Gomez was born in the US, but she identifies as a Mexican-American woman and is ‘incredibly proud to be both.’

The Lose You To Love Me crooner added, ‘My family chose to leave Mexico to pursue the American dream.

‘In the 1970s, my aunt crossed the border hidden in the back of a truck. My grandparents followed, and my father was born in the US. 

‘If they hadn’t chosen to make this country their home, things would have been very different for me. Mexico will always be Mexico, and there are huge Mexican communities in the US but it must have been hard for my grandparents, who left their home.

Not much privacy but it sure looks pretty: This tub is in front of tall windows that offer plenty of fauna

Not much privacy but it sure looks pretty: This tub is in front of tall windows that offer plenty of fauna

And the sinks: There is a double sink bathroom with two mirrors just near the battub

And the sinks: There is a double sink bathroom with two mirrors just near the battub

Want a glass of wine with your meal? This room looks like it could include anything, but it has been turned into a wine room

Want a glass of wine with your meal? This room looks like it could include anything, but it has been turned into a wine room

‘It’s important to remember our country was formed by those who came from other countries.’

She then turned her focus on Trump.

‘My thoughts on life in Donald Trump’s America? I have said that I don’t claim to be an expert and I understand that there have to be rules and regulations, but we have to do better than what we are doing – we simply have to. I hope we can still offer the American dream. I hope we can still offer people a better life. It’s so important to remember our country was formed by those who came from other countries.’

Perfect for a barbecue with her best friends: There is a shaded dining area with a BBQ range off to the side

Perfect for a barbecue with her best friends: There is a shaded dining area with a BBQ range off to the side

The Wizards Of Waverly Place star said that how we deal with immigration as a country speaks about how much ‘compassion and empathy’ we have as a country. 

‘One thing I have seen is that immigration goes beyond politics and political debates – it’s a human issue. Immigration is a complex topic and not one that is going to be solved in one day. One of the biggest things I have learned is that these people need and deserve to be listened to. They are not a statistic – they are people with real stories – and I would make sure that happened.’

Nice place to sit and think: And there is a covered patio area for those intensely hot LA days

Nice place to sit and think: And there is a covered patio area for those intensely hot LA days

Another place to dine! This place sure has plenty of areas where Selena can throw dinner parties; here is an outdoor space

Another place to dine! This place sure has plenty of areas where Selena can throw dinner parties; here is an outdoor space

Gomez added that it is ‘heartbreaking for so many being deported.

‘The place they work, they live, where their families and friends are. In many cases they are being sent back to a country they haven’t been to for many years and where they might not have anything anymore,’ stated the ex of Justin Bieber.

And she wants these immigrants and refugees to know that ‘there are people fighting for them.’

She added: ‘There are people who will listen to them, and there are those who are ready to fight for change. Through the documentary I learned that people are truly inspiring. These families have so much going on in their lives, yet they still find the strength to keep going.’ 

In October she wrote an op ed for TIME. ‘Undocumented immigration is an issue I think about every day, and I never forget how blessed I am to have been born in this country thanks to my family and the grace of circumstance.

Rare photo: Here she is seen with her grandparents. Gomez has recounted how her paternal aunt sneaked into America from Mexico in the back of a truck in the 1970s

Rare photo: Here she is seen with her grandparents. Gomez has recounted how her paternal aunt sneaked into America from Mexico in the back of a truck in the 1970s

 

 

 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk