Where Is Selena’s Husband, Chris Perez, Now?
After Selena’s death in 1995, her husband, Chris Pérez, publicly mourned her loss alongside her fans. Over 25 years after her death, with a new Netflix show about his late wife’s life, where is Pérez now?
Immediately after Selena’s death, Pérez said that he could not sleep for two days. According to his book, To Selena, With Love, he felt guilty for being unable to save his wife, and started self-isolating and abusing drugs before moving back in with his father.
Three years later, he met Venessa Villanueva through a mutual friend, John Garza. As the pair started dating, Pérez and Garza formed the Chris Pérez Band with three other friends. Their debut album, Resurrection, won a 2000 Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. The band broke up in 2000, a year before Pérez and Villanueva’s marriage, after releasing their second studio album, Una Noche Más. The band made a comeback this April to commemorate the 28th anniversary of Pérez and Selena’s elopement, debuting a song called “Just Say Goodbye.”
“Proud of our new song, proud of my band, and happy for everyone that played on it,” Pérez captioned a video of the band’s new song. “Plus, it feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to crank a good guitar solo out,” hew added. “Enjoy!”
Pérez and Villanueva were married in 2001, and had two children, Noah and Cassie, before their 2008 divorce. Though their lives are pretty sheltered from the public eye, Noah and Cassie appear on their father’s Instagram every so often so that he can shower them in affection.
“To my son Noah, the sweetest person I know,” Pérez captioned a photo of himself and his son in August. “Thank you for letting me be your dad. Every time I look at you, I am honored and amazed by your greatness…Reminding me of what this life is about is your specialty. I would not be the man I am, without a son like you.. Daddy loves you unconditionally. (NOT looking forward to my summer with you being over)”
A month later, Pérez made a similar post dedicated to his daughter.
“Is there really such a thing as National Daughter’s Day?” Pérez captioned a selfie of him and Cassie side-by-side. “If so, I can’t let today go by without bragging about mine. She is a badass…musically inclined, vocally inclined, plays some pretty fancy guitar (well, she had an amazing guitar teacher 😉), etc, etc… but, what makes me the proudest is that she is her own person and she does what she wants…and she’s good at it. Keep chasing your dreams Cassie. I got your back.”
Aside from his work in music and as a father, in 2019 Pérez launched his own line of hot sauce, dubbed Perez Pepper Sauce. The sauce is available in H-E-B stores throughout Texas, as well as online in 46 different states.
“Check out a commercial I created and musically produced for #PEREZPEPPERSAUCE! (I played all the music) 😉,” Pérez announced over Instagram. “I just received some Amazing news! In our first 2 1/2 weeks of launch, @perezpeppersauce has sold over 20,000 bottles of hot sauce at @heb and many stores are Sold Out!!! AND a lot more purchase orders have come in and #HEB shelves will be restocked this week and for the holiday season 🦃🎄🥳”