We know that true love isn’t easy to find, and it doesn’t just sit around waiting for the wait. Chris Pérez found his better half but lost it in the most unimaginable way.

Bearing the loss of a first and true love could be devastating and destructive to a person psychologically and especially when love is at its peak. There is no doubt that he will not get over it, he will become a part of you forever, destroying your thoughts and emotions. It takes forever to heal and certainly not one to forget so quickly. They say time heals everything, but time had almost no effect in Perez’s case.

That’s exactly what Chris Pérez had to go through. Life was hardly easy growing up. Then, as an adult, life hit him hardest, the loss of true love.

About Chris Perez

Christopher Gilbert Pérez is an American songwriter, guitarist and author. He was born to Gilbert Pérez and Carmen Medina on August 14, 1969 in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The Grammy Award winner was widely recognized as the lead guitarist of Tejano band Selena Y Los Dinos. He eventually dated and married the band’s lead singer, Selena.

Growing up for Chris was by no means smooth, due to his parents’ divorce when he was just four years old. Her mother remarried four years after the divorce. As a computer engineer, Chris had no interest in his father’s computer science profession. He grew up with an overflowing enthusiasm for music and a particular passion for the guitar. He adored Carlos Santana and learned most of his techniques and abilities.

He began his musical career with the group Tejano Selena Y Los Dinos. He was invited by the bassist of the band at the time, AB Quintanilla III. He left the band after Selena was murdered in 1995. Selena’s death completely ruined Chris psychologically and emotionally. It was so damaging to him that he started abusing drugs and consuming alcohol in excess.

Years passed, Chris got a little sober, he started a band he called the Chris Pérez band. He released his debut album, Resurrection which won him a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock Album. The band soon broke up right after the release of their second album. Una Noche Mas Since then, he tried to commit to a long-term project, but it didn’t work out. He moved to Kings of Kumbia which lasted from 2003-2006 and then to Kumbia All Starswhich lasted longer than the old one, from 2006-2011. His lack of progress has been blamed on his fans and the media for his full recovery from his unending grief for his late wife Selena. And the facts supporting that claim seemed to be true. In 2012, he wrote and published a book called To Selena, With Love.

Wife, has he remarried?

Chris married fellow bandmate and frontman Selena Quintanilla on April 2, 1992. The couple were known to be happily married, but that bliss was quickly cut short on March 31, 1995, just two days before their third anniversary as a married couple, Selena was murdered by her former friend Yolanda Saldivar. Her death greatly affected Chris’ acting, which to this day has shown that he has yet to fill the void left by Selena.

But he still had to move on, and in 1996 his friend John Garza introduced him to Vanessa Villanueva. The couple began dating in 1998 and eventually got married in 2001. The couple had two children, Cassie Pérez their daughter and Noah Pérez their son. Villanueva filed for divorce in 2008, citing irreconcilable differences in their marriage. At first, a close friend of Vanessa said she never wanted a divorce and chose to work through their differences. But in 2008, the couple divorced.

Chris never lost touch with the Quintanilla family. Even though he was married to Villanueva and had two children with her, he always made sure to keep in touch with Selena’s family.

Pérez is currently engaged to Melissa Jimenez, a singer and songwriter. Jimenez confirmed the engagement on her Instagram page by posting a photo of her engagement ring.


Chris has two children, daughter Cassie Pérez and son Noah Pérez, both from his second marriage to Vanessa Villanueva. Chris never had a child from his first marriage to Selena. He denied rumors that Selena was pregnant when she was killed.

Net value

Chris has earned $1.2 million from various songs, shows, awards and nominations. It won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock Album.

Where is he now?

Chris currently lives in Los Angeles where he is focusing on his music career and being the father of his two adult children.