It’s been 24 years since the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla, died. But, that doesn’t stop fans from continuing to honor the legacy of one of the most influential Latina singers in history. On Saturday, Selena’s widower Chris Pérez took to Facebook to share what looked to be a candid photo of Quintanilla dancing on stage with Los Dinos.
The photo shows La Reina de Tejano dancing on stage in full Selena regalia. Decked out in a sparkling green jumpsuit, her hands are raised in the air, clapping along to the beat of the music. In the background of the photo, Pérez is pictured playing his guitar in his signature 90s hairdo and leather pants.
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This candid snapshot is one of many that fans continue to circulate long after the Latina music superstar has passed.
In an emotional caption, Pérez expressed his gratitude to the Selena fans who keep her memory alive through sharing memories like the aforementioned photo. Under the post, he waxes nostalgic, writing that “sometimes I come across some fan pics and it feels like this all happened a whole other lifetime ago…on a whole other planet”.
He goes on to praise the legion of Selena fans, saying that he is “grateful” to have shared “moments like this with her, the band, and especially her fans who continue to love her and pass that love on down to the younger generations.”
Pérez finished off his post by telling loyal Selena fans that they kick major ass!”
Pérez’s post obviously resonated with fans. The post racked up almost 30,000 likes and, as of Wednesday, has received over 900 comments. Lifelong fans of Selena’s took to the comments section to share memories of growing up listening to Selena. Some even shared pictures of their own children dancing to Selena’s music or celebrating Selena-themed birthday parties.
Pérez and Quintanilla’s relationship was complicated from the start, with Selena’s father Abraham famously disapproving of her choice in a boyfriend. Abraham believed that Chris’s bad-boy, hard rock image had the potential to damage Selena’s squeaky-clean image. He even kicked Pérez off of the Selena y Los Dinos tour bus when he found out they were secretly dating.
The comment section is full of people sharing touching stories about Selena, and the memories they made and continue to make thanks to her.
All the love in the comments section was further proof that the admiration for Selena Quintanilla is trans-generational. Fans shared all of the powerful ways Selena’s music has touched their lives. One fan wrote, “My younger Daughters requested on Thanksgiving to listen to Selena with their Dad. He played ‘I Could Fall In Love’ and ‘Dreaming Of You’ and they said, ‘I love Selena so much!’. And their Dad said, ‘Daddy does, too! If it wasn’t for Mommy, [we] wouldn’t know of or love Selena, we know of her because Mommy loves her.’”.
This isn’t the first time Chris Pérez has expressed his gratitude for Selena fans. In 2012, he published a book titled “To Selena With Love” that detailed “the touching and sometimes painful memories of their very private bond”. In the book, he wrote that he “knew on some level how popular Selena was, of course, but when she passed away, the outpour of love and support [they] got from the fans stunned [him]”. In “To Selena”, he wrote “Her fans have continued to keep Selena’s memory alive and I am grateful to them for that.”
Selena fans have never been shy about expressing their admiration for the strong and passionate relationship Chriz Pérez and Selena Quintanilla had.
You could even say there are two Selena fan groups: one for her music and another for her relationship with her husband.
This fan has some thoughts about Pérez’s undying devotion to his late wife:
It’s true that his actions over the years prove that there will always be a place in his heart for Selena.
This Selena fan knows what she wants when it comes to #boyfriendgoals.
This fan is dedicated enough to have looked at both of their astrology charts.
Further proof that their love was written in the stars.
This Latina can’t contain her emotions over the story of these star-crossed lovers.
At least we know that Selena’s memory will always live on in her music as well as the hearts of her fans.