We know that true love is not easy to find and that it does not just wait to be plucked. Chris Pérez found his better half but lost it in ways you can’t imagine.
To bear the loss of the first and only true love could be psychologically devastating and destructive for a person, especially when love is in the prime of its years. There is definitely no way to recover from it, it becomes a part of you forever and destroys your thoughts and feelings. It takes forever to heal, and definitely no one to forget in a hurry. They say time heals everything, but time has had almost no effect in the case of Perez.
This is exactly what Chris Pérez had to go through. Life was hardly easy when he was growing up. As he grew up, life hit him with the hardest blow it had: the loss of true love.
About Chris Pérez
Christopher Gilbert Pérez is an American songwriter, guitarist, and author. He was born as the son of Gilbert Pérez and Carmen Medina on August 14, 1969, in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The Grammy award winner gained great recognition as the lead guitarist of the Tejano band Selena Y Los Dinos. Eventually, he dated and married the band’s lead singer, Selena.
For Chris, growing up did not go smoothly in any way, which is due to his parents’ divorce when he was barely four years old. His mother remarried four years after the divorce. Chris had no interest in his father’s profession as a computer technician, instead, he grew up with a wild enthusiasm for music and had a special passion for the guitar. He idolized Carlos Santana and learned most of his techniques and skills from him.
He started his music career with the Tejano band Selena Y Los Dinos. He was invited by the then bassist of the band, A.B Quintanilla III. He left the band after the murder of Selena in 1995 and the death of Selena completely ruined Chris psychologically and emotionally. It was so harmful to him that he began to abuse the use of drugs and consume excess alcohol.
The years went by, Chris sobered up a bit, he formed a band he called the Chris Pérez Band. He released his first album “Resurrection”, which won him a Grammy for best Latin rock album. The band disbanded soon after the release of their second album, Una Noche Mas. Since then he tried to commit himself to a long-term project, but it didn’t work out. He switched to Kumbia kings, which lasted from 2003-2006, and then to Kumbia all-stars, which lasted longer than the first one, from 2006-2011. His fans and the media blamed his lack of progress in fully reintegrating Kumbia on his long and unending mourning for his late wife Selena. And the facts supporting this claim seemed to be true when he wrote and published a book in 2012, To Selena, with Love.
Wife, Did He Remarry?
Chris married his bandmate and lead singer of the band, Selena Quintanilla, on April 2, 1992. It was known that the couple was happily married, but that happiness was soon ended when Selena was murdered by her former girlfriend, Yolanda Saldivar, on March 31, 1995, barely two days before their third anniversary as a married couple. Her death had a great impact on the actions of Chris, who has shown to this day that he has not yet filled the void left by Selena.
Nevertheless, he had to move on, and in 1996 his friend John Garza introduced him to Vanessa Villanueva. The two met in 1998 and finally married in 2001, the couple had two children, Cassie Pérez their daughter, and Noah Pérez their son. Villanueva filed for divorce in 2008, citing insurmountable differences in their marriage. First, a close friend of Vanessa claimed that she never wanted a divorce and decided to work on her differences. But in 2008 the couple divorced.
Chris never lost contact with the Quintanilla family, even when he was married to Villanueva and had two children with her, he still made sure to stay in touch with Selena’s family.
Pérez is currently engaged to Melissa Jimenez, a singer-songwriter. Jimenez confirmed the engagement on her Instagram page and published a picture of her engagement ring.
Chris has two children, his daughter Cassie Pérez and his son Noah Pérez, both from his second marriage to Vanessa Villanueva. Chris never had a child from his first marriage to Selena. He exposed the rumors that Selena was pregnant when she was killed.
Chris is worth 1.2 million dollars, which he has earned with various songs and shows, awards, and nominations. He is a Grammy award winner for best Latin rock album.
Where is He Now?
Chris currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is focusing on his music career and his role as the father of his two grown-up children.