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Here’s The Breakdown Of Selena’s Relationship With Chris Perez That You Didn’t Know You Needed

Selena Quintanilla is a pop music icon. Nicknamed the “Queen of Tejano music,” the Mexican American singer, songwriter, and fashion designer was one of the top-selling Latin artists of the 1990s. After winning Best Mexican American Album at the 1994 Grammy Awards and releasing another critically-acclaimed album, Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar at the height of her success. 

While many are familiar with the story of Selena and her sordid romance with her guitarist Chris Perez from the hit film Selena, we thought we’d break down their relationship timeline. 

Chris Perez joins Selena y Los Dinos.

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In 1989, after lead guitarist Roger Garcia departed Selena y Los Dinos, A.B. Quintanilla III asked Chris Perez to join the band. Chris admired A.B.’s musical arrangements and Los Dinos‘ fresh take on Tejano music. 

At first, Selena’s manager and father did not like Chris’s hard rock image and feared it would ruin Selena’s “perfect image.” But with bandmembers defending him, and as his tastes evolved, he was welcomed into the band; eventually co-writing some of Selena’s music. 

Selena and Chris realize they have feelings for each other. 

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In 1989, Chris co-wrote Selena’s Coca-Cola commercial jingle. While on vacation with the band in Acapulco, Mexico, Chris and Selena realized they had feelings for each other. However, Chris had a girlfriend in San Antonio at the time. The pair tried to stay away from each other but eventually gave in to their impulse to be together. The two confessed their love at Pizza Hut, which is adorable. 

Was Chris bad for Selena’s wholesome image?

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In 1991, Chris was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding in Texas leading to a physical altercation between him, his cousin, and the police. Chris was arrested but later released without charge. When he confessed the incident to Abraham and Selena it helped him build their trust, but only aided in cultivating his “bad boy” image. 

That same year, Chris and a couple of road crew members of Selena y Los Dinos began drunkenly wrestling in a hotel room. The three of them trashed the room. Selena was so furious she broke off her relationship with Chris, but she and Abraham forgave him. 

A secret relationship. 

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Selena and Chris knew they had to hide their relationship from her disapproving father, Abraham Quintanilla. However, Selena was resistant and wanted to tell her family. When Selena’s sister Suzette told Abraham about their relationship, Abraham kicked Chris off the tour bus. Despite the drama, Selena and Chris stayed together in secret.

Chris is fired from the band.

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One day, Abraham ambushed Chris and Selena while they were alone on the tour bus. He told Selena they had to break up, but Selena fought back with Chris’ help. Abraham threatened to disband the group but just fired Chris instead. Selena wanted to run off with Chris, but her father thwarted her efforts. 

Selena and Chris elope.

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On April 2, 1992, Selena barged into Chris’ hotel room. The “Dreaming of You,” singer couldn’t stand to be without Chris and demanded they get married. Chris didn’t think Abraham would approve, but Selena was adamant her father would never attend a planned wedding anyway. Selena believed getting married would show Abraham they were serious about each other. The two eloped that day in Nueces County, Texas. 

Abraham finds out about the secret wedding.

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Selena hoped to keep their marriage a secret, but it was announced on the radio within a few hours of the ceremony. The two ran away together. At first Abraham was furious, but eventually, as Selena predicted, he accepted that two were husband and wife. He apologized and asked Chris to rejoin Selena y Los Dinos.  

Selena’s death.

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In 1995, Selena was murdered by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar. After becoming one of Selena’s closest confidantes, Saldívar embezzled money from the boutique and fan club. She denied the accusations after meeting with Selena and Chris. 

When Selena discovered Saldívar had given her incorrect documents, she arranged to meet with her the next morning. On March 31, 1995, Selena met Saldívar at her motel where the thief falsely claimed she was raped, a fact that was proven when Selena had her examined by doctors. The two returned to Saldívar’s motel room where Selena fired her. As Selena turned to leave, Saldívar shot her in the back. 

The aftermath of losing his wife.

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In 2017, Chris shared a copy of his marriage license with Selena to commemorate their 25 year anniversary. 

“Obviously, Selena’s impact on the world is still being felt today…as it deserves to be. Thanks for sharing your pictures of the event to my messages and on my timeline. On another note, it’s hard to believe that today marks 25 years since Selena and I decided that the only way to be together…was to run away and get married (at 20 and 22 years old) in secret,” he wrote.

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Chris Pérez and Joe Ojeda Have Mini Los Dinos Reunion With Empowering Corrido “Nuestra Tierra”

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Chris Pérez and Joe Ojeda Have Mini Los Dinos Reunion With Empowering Corrido “Nuestra Tierra”

Chris Pérez, the widower of Selena, is back with his first taste of new music in over a decade. The Mexican-American musician regroups with his old Los Dinos bandmate Joe Ojeda for the new single “Nuestra Tierra.” The song also features Victoria La Mala and Yorch.

“Nuestra Tierra” is a song that reflects on the Mexican immigrant experience.

Chris Pérez’s last musical project was with Kumbia All-Starz. They teamed up for the song “La Vida De Un Genio” in 2010. He returns to the music scene in “Nuestra Tierra.” The corrido reflects on the life of a Mexican immigrant moving to the US in search of the American Dream.

“I love this song because it truly reflects the times that we’re living in as immigrants in this country,” Victoria La Mala said in a statement. “We come here looking for a better life, but we sacrifice and leave so much behind. It was so incredible to have the opportunity to work with people that I’ve admired and looked up to for years like Chris and Joe. Yorch is also super talented and like me and so many people, moved to this country looking to follow our dreams and search for more opportunities.”

“Nuestra Tierra” is filled with Mexican talent like Victoria La Mala and Yorch.

Pérez played the guitar on the empowering “Nuestra Tierra” while Ojeda and Roberto “Bobbo” Gómez handled the production duties. Victoria La Mala and Yorch trade verses about the struggle Mexican immigrants face while trying to find a better life in the U.S.

“Bobbo, Joe, and myself came up with the chord structure, the arrangement basically,” Pérez said. “Jorge Eduardo [Yorch] and Victoria were doing their thing, scribbling away like crazy on their notepads. I wasn’t quite sure what they were coming up with but the second I heard them singing their part, well, it was like magic. And to be a part of something like that is a rarity these days, so I am truly proud of the song.”

The song also marks a reunion between two old Los Dinos bandmates.

“Nuestra Tierra” also marks a mini-reunion between two of Selena’s Los Dino band members, Chris Pérez and Ojeda. The two say this song was created “on the fly” during downtime in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The song’s power and message moved us all,” Ojeda said. “This song really focuses on us, los Mexicanos, los Paisanos, especially La Raza that is still living ‘on the other side’ and simply wanting a better life for their families. And isn’t that what we all want? My hope for this song is that it resonates with a lot of people and that everyone understands its message.”

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Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and More Artists You Didn’t Know That Were Inspired by Selena Quintanilla

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Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and More Artists You Didn’t Know That Were Inspired by Selena Quintanilla

Most of us know the Latin artists that have been inspired by La Reina del Tex-Mex, Selena Quintanilla, like Becky G, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, etc. However, perhaps you didn’t know that Mother Monster aka Lady Gaga was inspired by Selena or that fellow Texan, Beyoncé, not only met Selena but also grew up listening to her on the radio. Here’s a list of 8 artists you probably didn’t know that also loved Selena.

Lady Gaga

For The Daily Telegraph, the Rain on Me singer was quoted saying that she was inspired by Selena’s bustiers for her concert outfits, as well as her career. Lady Gaga also tweeted back in the day that a Selena shirt was one of her favorites.

Whitney Houston

During a 1999 New York Daily News interview, the late singer Whitney Houston mentioned that she was inspired by Selena Quintanilla: “What she did in the English market was brilliant”.

Beyoncé

Queen Bey loved her fellow Texan, Selena. On one occasion during an MTV Tr3s interview, Beyoncé talked about meeting Selena at the Galleria Mall in Houston. She also mentioned how she would listen to Selena on the radio and even though she didn’t speak Spanish, listening to Selena helped her with her pronunciation.

Meghan Trainor

The All About That Bass singer told Entertainment Tonight that when she met Jennifer Lopez, she said: “Selena the movie was the reason I wanted to become a singer”.

Ashlee Simpson

American singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson told MTV TR3s during an interview that she had always been a fan of Selena and that “Dreaming of You” was her favorite song.

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Solange Knowles

Texas native, Solange Knowles covered “I Could Fall In Love With You” during her 2013-2014 World Tour. Solange has called Selena “one of her favorite artists growing up”.

HAIM

Pop-rock sister band HAIM told Glide Magazine that Selena the movie was their collective favorite movie.

Kacey Musgraves

Texans just love La Reina. Kacey Musgraves covered “Como La Flor” at the Houston Rodeo, and before performing told the crowd: “I love the queen Selena just as much as you do. This is our chance to honor her, by singing as loud as we can together.”

Kacey joins a list of artists that have covered Selena songs at the Houston Rodeo like Camila Cabello, Cardi B and Prince Royce.

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