Inside Selena’s Relationship With Her Husband, Chris Perez

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According to Chris Perez’s 2012 book “To Selena, with Love,” he and Selena first met in 1990 when he was scouted by her older brother, A.B, to join his band. Perez had a girlfriend at the time, but his romance with Selena began to blossom in 1991 when he, Selena’s family, and the rest of the band went to Mexico for a vacation. They kept the relationship undercover for a while, but when Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, found out, he fired Perez from the band (via Texas Monthly). Despite the backlash from Abraham, the pair eloped in 1992.

Once Selena and Perez were married, Abraham told Texas Monthly that he had no choice but to embrace Perez, stating, “After that, I accepted him as part of the family. What else could I do?” Perez also wrote in his book that Abraham apologized to him and Selena following the marriage, saying, “I’m sorry I pushed you kids into a corner.” As a gesture of goodwill, Abraham gave the newlywed couple one of the three houses he owned — next door to him and his wife Marcella.

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