Early life and Career
Selena Quintanilla was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, on April 16, 1971. She was the youngest child of Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla, who was part Cherokee, and Abraham Quintanilla Jr., who used to be a musician and was Mexican American. Ron Paul, who will soon be a member of Congress, was the doctor who helped deliver her.
Selena grew up in a Jehovah’s Witness family. When she was six, Quintanilla Jr. noticed that she was good at music. He told People magazine, “Her timing and her pitch were perfect, and I knew it from the first day.” In 1980, Quintanilla Jr. opened his first Tex-Mex restaurant in Lake Jackson called Papa Gayo’s.
Selena and her siblings Abraham III (who played bass guitar) and Suzette Quintanilla (who played drums) would often play there. After the 1980s oil glut caused a recession, the restaurant had to close the next year.
The family went bankrupt, so they had to leave their home. They moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and Quintanilla Jr. became the manager of Selena y Los Dinos, a new band, and started getting the word out about it. They played on street corners, at weddings, quinceaeras, and fairs to make money because they needed it.
How did Selena meet Chris Pérez?
Selena met Pérez when her brother, Abraham “A.B.” Isaac Quintanilla III, asked Pérez to join Selena Y Los Dinos.
When did Selena and Chris Pérez get married?
Selena and Pérez ran away together on April 2, 1992, and got married.
What Happened to Chris Perez?
Chris Pérez has now reached the age of 51. He still plays music, but he also runs a business called Perez Pepper Sauce. In 2001, he got married again to a woman named Venessa Villanueva. They have two kids, Noah and Cassie, but they got a divorce in 2008.
Chris kept making music after Selena died. In 1999, his song “Resurrection” won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance.
In 2012, he wrote a book called “To Selena, with Love.” In it, he talks about his life with Selena and how he has been able to live without her. “I’ve moved on with my life. I’m most thankful to Selena for teaching me what love is all about.
Because of that, I was able to marry again and have children,” he wrote. “I wish I could have had a family with Selena like we always planned, but I know that Selena was the one who made this possible for me. She taught me how to let my guard down and enjoy life.
What’s Chris Perez doing at the moment?
Chris is still a guitarist, but he’s not just any artist. In 1999, for the song “Resurrection,” he won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance.
He also owns Perez Pepper Sauce, a company that makes hot pepper sauce. Chris says on his website, “It’s been my lifelong dream to start my own hot sauce brand and join the Fiery Foods Industry, and now we get to offer my signature hot sauce to everyone.”
Chris also wrote a book about his relationship with Selena called To Selena, With Love, which came out in 2012.
What did Chris Pérez do after Selena passed away?
After Selena was killed, Pérez was understandably upset. In his memoir, he wrote that he didn’t eat for days. He also had trouble sleeping and turned to drugs and alcohol to help him get some rest and block out the guilt he said he felt for not being able to protect Selena from Yolanda Saldvar.
He is now healthy, and he told The Hollywood Reporter that writing To Selena, With Love helped him get rid of “boxes and boxes of baggage” he had been carrying around since Selena died.
In 1996, Pérez left Corpus Christi to live with his father in San Antonio.
Chris Pérez ever get married again?
Pérez married Venessa Villanueva in 2001. They had two kids together, a daughter named Cassie and a son named Noah. In 2008, they got a divorce.
Did Selena’s dad and Chris Pérez get along?
Before Selena’s tragic death, Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla II, had a hard time getting along with Pérez. Quintanilla at first let Pérez join the band, but he and Selena’s mom, Marcella, were very protective of Selena and her brand.
In his memoir, To Selena, With Love, Pérez wrote that Quintanilla didn’t want him to date Selena because of his rocker lifestyle and the fear that it would hurt Selena’s public image to be linked to him. “I’m sure that Abraham thought of me as a stereotype: a hard rock guitarist with a ponytail who drank beer and was dressed as a Tejano.