Another ‘Shark’ Sends Selena Gomez a Birthday Wish

Who knew pop singer Selena Gomez was such a diehard Shark Tank fan? Apparently, her friends did, and arranged quite a birthday surprise for the young superstar from none other than Mavericks owner and billionaire shark Mark Cuban. It was soon followed up with a birthday greeting from another shark on the ABC hit reality show.

“Shark Tank’s” Mark Cuban | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images/Tony Rivetti

Turning 27

Gomez turned 27 on July 22. The pop artist is apparently enjoying her birthday abroad, posting some gorgeous pics on her Instagram account. One of her posts expressed her gratitude to her fans and well-wishers for her special day. ”Well I’m 27 now. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your words on my bday. Not just the quick notes. The thought that goes behind every word you write usually ends up with me crying grateful tears like I did last night. Praying for all of you!! I LOVE YOU,” she wrote.

Another Instagram post revealed her whereabouts, where she wrote, “Me, Italy -trying desperately to look like a Fellini film.” The songstress was spending her trip exploring through Rome and Capri, according to E! Online.

Though Gomez has an astounding 154 million followers on Instagram, she said earlier this year that she wanted to be more ‘intentional’ about what she posts. “I think our world is going through a lot, obviously. But for my generation, specifically, social media has been terrible,” she said in May, according to CNN. “I’m very grateful I have the platform in any way, I can still share things I’m passionate about. I don’t do a lot of pointless pictures. I like to be intentional with it.”

She had also advised others to monitor how much time they spend on social media. “It can be great in moments, but I would just be careful and allow yourself some time limits when you should use it and when not,” Gomez said.

In an episode of Coach’s podcast Dream It Real, Gomez further elaborated on setting limits when using social media, and how spending too much time on the platforms would sometimes bring her down. “It is not that healthy to be on [social media] all the time. I noticed with me, I got kind of depressed looking at these people who look beautiful and amazing, and it would just get me down a lot,” she said. “Taking breaks is really important. Just know that most of it isn’t real. And I hate to say that, I don’t mean to be rude, but it’s very unrealistic in a lot of ways.”

A shark of a gift

Little did Gomez know, but her pals had a special screening planned for her birthday. What started out with clips from The Office, Friends, and a music video from BFF Taylor Swift, the video soon turned to Shark Tank, with a special message from Cuban. “Hey Selena it’s Mark Cuban from Shark Tank. I just wanted to say happy 27th birthday,” the billionaire investor said. “Enjoy. Hope you have many, many more. Thank you for watching.”

But wait, there’s more. After Gomez can be heard squealing with excitement saying, “That was so cool!” she later saw “Shark Tank x SG,” letting her know that she was also receiving a trip to the set to watch the hit reality show being taped in September.

The singing star was, well, starstruck. “No! We are? Oh my gosh, I’m so excited!” she exclaimed in the post.

“Not many of you know but I am obsessed with shark tank,” Selena had written in her post. “Two of my best friends nailed my gift.”

Another ‘Shark’ greeting

Later, Cuban’s gesture was followed up with a birthday greeting from another shark, or, ‘Shark-ette.’

“Happy Birthday @selenagomez!! So glad to hear you’re a fan of the show! Looking forward to seeing you in September …we’ll have to make sure it’s a special day! #repost #sharktank,” QVC queen and shark Lori Greiner posted on Twitter along with a winking emoji.

Maybe Gomez will come up with her own pitch for the September show!