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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.

In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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Long before shops the likes of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 began to bank on her image to sell $54 shirts to non-Latinx hipsters, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an icon and legend for young Latinas living across the globe. Ask a Latina and no doubt she has some sort of connection the Tejano singer whether its coordinating sons to “Baila Esta Cumbia” with her primas or playing her VHS biopic on repeat until the tape ran thin. The queen of Latinx music will always be an influential personality in Latino culture in the United States. Her music and the tragic circumstances of her death made her a pop culture phenomenon that escaped the niche Hispanic market. After her death, Hollywood studios furiously vied for the rights to adapt her incredible rags-to-riches story to the big screen. Selena is a fundamental Latino icon even 23 years after her death in 1995, at the tender age of 23.

Next time someone asks you at a party why you tear up listening to the late great Selena, be sure to serve them with these facts:

1. She brought Tejano music to mainstream America and proved women are capable of anything.

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Before Selena Mexican-American music was considered an eccentricity and was definitely not played in non-Hispanic clubs and radio stations.  Speaking about the experience of being a Latinx signer, Selena once said “Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But . . . wrong!” No doubt the Texas-born singer changed these harsh attitude during her life and after her untimely death.

2. She valued family

Selena might have gained worldwide notoriety in her own right, but long before she was just Selena she had a career as part of the Quintanilla family group Selena y Los Dinos, where her two older siblings also made pompas shake. Like the rest of us, familia was always important to Selena and she never forgot her origins and the role that her family had in her success. Speaking about the struggles she was grateful for enduring with her family, Selena said “We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

3. She was proud of her heritage

Singing in Spanish when you’re not fluent can be a pretty challenging act in itself if you want to break into the mainstream, and Selena was unapologetic about her efforts to do so. “I feel very proud to be Mexican,” Selena once said in an interview about her culture. “I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but . . . it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Many singers and actors of Latino origin change their names for a more English-sounding or a more neutral one. But not our Selena. She didn’t look for a fancy name and good on her: Selena is such a powerful, defining name that shines on any billboard.

4. She knew that not all women are straight-sized and many have curves

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but it has long been dictated by mass media which has, in so many cases, severely distorted our perceptions of women’s bodies. Selena was proud of her curves. Eso mija, eres una fregona.  “I’m very real, very sincere, and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be,” the star once said in an interview. 

5. She had a unique style

Amidst the customary images and selling points of whitewashed media and the current political turmoils of today, it can be hard for a Latina to feel confident in her identity. Selena did so with aplomb. Her wardrobe choices were interesting and daring in equal measure, which is probably one of the reasons behind her success as a pop culture brand.  She was criticized by more conservative audiences for “revealing too much”. We say al carajo con sus juicios.  Still, the Tejano singer stayed strong her opinions about her self, saying once, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

6. Because she showed that Latinas can be captains of their fate as well as the fiercest activists.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better,” Quintanilla once stated in an interview.  Her posthumous campaign with cosmetics giant MAC demonstrated that Latino women in particular and women of color, in general, could and should carry campaigns. She was beautiful and the world needed to see that.

7. She was active in her community “All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do”

As a minority, solidarity is key for the Latino community in the United States, particularly today. Selena embodied community values and never forgot her fellow Mexican-Americans. Certainly an example we should all follow. She grew up in Texas, where migratory patterns and backwards thinking about race make various segments of the Hispanic population feel vulnerable. Power to the people!

8. She urged children to stay en la escuela (don’t drop out, escuincles!)

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.” Selena knew how important education is for minorities in the United States, and that hard work and academic development are the only way for the community to strive. She constantly visited schools and urged young chamacos not to drop out. Respect.

9. Because she was an independent self-made woman “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away”

She was young but life taught her that all you have is yourself. We can’t believe she was just 23 when she died. Truly wise beyond her years.

Read: Mariah Carey Got Real About Being Biracial And Her Words Will Undoubtedly Have Afro-Latinas Feeling So Seen

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There Is A Tribute Concert To Selena Planned For This Year And Here

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There Is A Tribute Concert To Selena Planned For This Year And Here

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It has been 25 years since Selena Quintanilla was killed by Yolanda Saldívar. Since then, Selena’s fandom has continued to grow as younger generations have discovered her music. In honor of the late singer, a tribute concert is happening on May 9 and here is the information we have so far.

Music is taking a moment to honor Selena with a 25th-year tribute concert.

SelenaXXV is happening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The concert is bringing together some of the biggest names in Latin music to give fans a night to remember centered around La Reina of Tejano music.

The concert is happening on Saturday, May 9 in San Antonio because texas is the only place to have this concert.

Selena’s place in Latin music history is undeniable. She was the first major Latina musician to start breaking down barriers for future Latino artists to rise in mainstream music. Her crossover songs brought our culture and experience to mainstream music audiences.

Here are a few of the artists you can expect to see at the SelenaXXV concert:

Pitbull

There’s no way you can have a tribute concert to a Latin music legend without Mr. Worldwide. The Cuban musician has spent his career bettering his community and giving Latino representation around the world. Who better to keep the hyped energy for the concert that Pitbull?

Los Tucanes de Tijuana

We are definitely feeling this norteño take on Selena’s classics. The band is wildly popular for their solid and incredible norteño sound and we can only imagine what they will prepare to honor Selena. Mexican legends giving praise to a Mexican-American legend is everything.

Becky G

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The Inglewood native already showed her respect and love for Selena during her last concert in Texas. The singer belted out a beautiful rendition of “Dreamin’ of You,” one of Selena’s most famous songs. It just seems like a natural choice to have Becky G back in San Antonio for more Selena tributes.

Ally Brooke

The former Fifth Harmony band member took the stage during the 2019 Miss Universe pageant to sing a medley of Selena’s songs. Fans of the pageant and of Selena were ecstatic that Selena was getting some recognition during one of the biggest pageants in the world.

You can find out all of the details and where to buy tickets to show here.

Who else is buying tickets to see the show?

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