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As The New Selena Series Comes Under Scrutiny, People Are Asking Where Is Selena’s Husband Chris Pérez Now?

Netflix’s Selena: The Series is arguably one of the year’s most hotly anticipated shows. It was on the radar of Selena fans everywhere since it was announced in 2018. We have all patiently waited for two years to finally see this show.

And now it’s here and it seems to have created tons of new questions among new and old Selena fans alike. Many are asking about the relationship between Selena and Chris Pérez, since it’s such a focal point of the new series.

Although it’s reported that Selena’s husband wasn’t involved in the development of the series, many are wondering (present company included), where is the Tejano star in his own right these days?

Pérez surprisingly had no part in the development of Netflix’s Selena: The Series.

One of the most important parts of the new series is the powerful and gut-wrenching relationship between Selena and her band’s guitarist, Chris Pérez. The show focuses on their secret relationship and eventual marriage, which lasted three years until the singer’s murder.

Despite their emotional romance and untimely ending, Pérez isn’t nearly as close to the family as he once was – reportedly, to the point that he had no idea the new Netflix series was being produced. In fact, on his Instagram, Pérez posted a photo of actor Jesse Posey who plays Pérez in the series, with the caption: “For the record, never met him, haven’t seen the script, and I have NO idea what is going on… but, I’d love to find out.”

It’s long been known that the Quintanilla patriarch, Abraham Quintanilla, strongly disapproved of their relationship. But that didn’t stop Pérez and Selena from working together on the band’s hits, collaborating with Selena’s brother on songwriting, and being a well-regarded figure as part of Selena’s legacy.

Selena’s death greatly affected Pérez but he’s learned how to cope after such a great loss.

Decades after Selena’s fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar, shot the singer, Pérez said that her death still shocks him. He told Entertainment Tonight in 2018, “There are times where it feels like you can pick up the phone and call her. Or, you are going to drive home and [think] she’s going to be there.”

After Selena’s murder, Pérez was depressed and turned to drugs and alcohol, which he wrote about in his memoir. Today, he is healthy and well. He married Venessa Villanueva in 2001 (divorced in 2008), and they have two children.

Even years after the death of his first love, he said that Selena still inspires him constantly. As her legacy continues in both her music and in this new Netflix show, Perez said that he believes her story will resound with young people for generations to come.

From writing to hot sauce, Pérez has kept himself busy in the decades since Selena’s death.

Whether or not there is bad blood with the Quintanillas in regard to the series, Pérez has rebuilt his life since Selena’s passing and continues his passion for all things music.

In 1999, he formed the Chris Pérez band and won the best Latin rock, urban or alternative album Grammy in 2000 for their album Resurrection. The band split up that year, and Pérez has since then worked with other members of Selena Y Los Dinos on reunion material, and with his latest effort the Chris Pérez Project.

The guitarist also famously loves anything hot and spicy (featured in the film Selena) and has actually released his own hot sauce line called Perez Pepper.

And although he doesn’t have a part in the latest series about his first love’s life and their relationship, he continues to wish nothing but the best for everyone involved. He even spoke highly of the new release, fondly recalling his days with Selena y Los Dinos. “I will forever respect the band and the people involved in it. I hope you guys enjoy this series,” he wrote.

As he told Good Morning America, Pérez continues to carry over Selena’s legacy and believes that “out of everybody that I’ve known in my life, I don’t know anybody more deserving than her.” Marking his support for retelling Selena’s story even further, the guitarist said, “The story keeps getting passed from generation to generation, which is amazing to me.”

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Recently, it was announced that this year’s Grammy Awards were postponed until March thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. The news disappointed many Selena fans who were excited to see her posthumously awarded a lifetime achievement award.

However, her family has reiterated their intent to collect the award on Selena’s behalf, with her brother telling TMZ that they plan to make a family affair out of it.

Selena’s brother A.B. says the family is ready to accept her posthumous Grammy.

Selena’s older broth, A.B. Quintanilla recently spoke to TMZ about the family accepting Selena’s latest Grammy on her behalf. He said with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Selena’s parents will most likely stay home and that he and his sister Suzette Quintanilla will be in attendance if there’s an in-person ceremony.

“Coming on the end of [the pandemic], I would say that it’s not safe for my mother and father,” A.B. said. “They probably would be staying in.”

The Academy recently announced that the award show would be a smaller, virtual event taking place in March. But that’s no issue according to A.B. He said that he’s got grand plans to turn his sister’s award into a family affair and that they’ve got their popcorn ready.

He also says it feels like Selena’s still here whenever she wins an award or sets new records, even though it’s been a quarter-century since she was murdered.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because she’s breaking these records and she’s doing wonderful things but unfortunately she’s not here,” he admits. “It’s strange how people in their mindset, and even with me sometimes, it feels like she is here…I’m just happy to have been a part of it and that people are still enjoying the beautiful art that made because those pieces that Selena made, in the music world, those are van Gogh’s.”

A.B. also spoke about Netflix’s Selena: The Series, which debuted last month.

He said the series sheds more light on how their family played a part in Selena’s success. A.B. was Selena’s primary producer and songwriter and Suzette was the drummer in her band.

It would be great to see the whole family [accept Selena’s award],” A.B. said. “As people are seeing in the series, this was a family effort. A lot of people are in shock going, ‘Whoa A.B.! We didn’t know you were the guy that wrote the hits and you wrote the music and you had so much pressure on you.’ I’m very grateful for the series and for people learning from the series.”

The Grammy will not be Selena’s first.

In 1994, she became the first female Tejano singer to win in the Best Mexican-American Album category. During her award acceptance speech, Selena thanked her family. Her brother and sister helped to write, produce, and also played instruments on the album. Selena’s father Abraham worked as her manager.

Selena was nominated after her first Grammy win in 1995 for her fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido. Though she did not win the award, was thankful to be thought of in such high regard. She told a reporter at the time, “Just to be around these artists who are considered to be heavyweights is an honor.”

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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