Interview: Chris Perez Opens Up In ‘To Selena With Love’ (Video)

Chris Perez 'To Selena With Love'

By Jovanny Venegas
After many years of holding back memories, Selena Quintanilla's widower Chris Perez finally reveals hidden memories, thoughts and feelings regarding his beloved late wife Selena.

Selena Y Los Dinos

Prior to my interview with Chris Perez, I wasn't sure what to expect as I had been talking to Chris's publicist for some time and with hectic schedules things can change at the last minute. Fortunately the interview came through and Chris and I talked while he was at the airport waiting to catch a flight. During our interview I went back in time to childhood memories of Selena. Growing up in Texas, I was able to experience first hand Selena's legacy before and after her tragic murder. In this interview I didn't want to focus on Selena's death but rather remember Selena and the legacy that she left behind.

Jovanny Venegas & Suzette Quintanilla (Selena's sister-band member) at the Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio, TX (Late 1990's)

Jovanny Venegas & Abraham Quintanilla (Selena's Dad) at Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio, TX (Late 1990's)

I also didn't want to ask the same generic questions that other reporters ask especially those who pronounce her name wrong. I already knew Selena liked being called Selena with an English-Language pronunciation (Chris confirms it in the interview) and not the Spanish-Language pronunciation.

Selena & Chris Perez

I asked Chris about his favorite chapter in 'To Selena With Love' and he recalls the day they got married. As he tells his story I could picture everything in my head. He sounded so happy and in a way it really felt like we were both going back in time. In the book Chris mentions how Selena's father Abraham Quintanilla arrived one time at his mothers house so I asked him how he felt and if he was scared. He said he was and explains everything that happened. I also asked Chris if it was a burden when asked questions about Selena. Chris says "that it was hard in the beginning but now it's different."

Selena Y Los Dinos (Furia Musical Awards Mexico)

For over fifteen years Chris Perez held the memories of Selena close to his heart. Private memories that at times were painful regarding their friendship, their Amor Prohibido 'Forbidden Love' and everything else in between. Until now in To Selena, with Love. Listen to the interview below: (Many Fan Questions Are Answered) Full Interview Part 1 Part 2 Don't forget to Follow me for more Latino Celebrity Variety News!

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  1. LOVE says:

    wowwwwww good job Jovanny!!!

  2. OMG those photos are too cute of you & Selena's family! You looked soooo young. How old were you? Loved this interview loved the fact that it was different and he said things I never heard of before and Thank you for asking him my question! That is awesome! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  3. J Javier Silva says:

    I just ordered the book, —To Selena, With Love by Christ Perez.

  4. good interview Jovanny!

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