Selena Quintanilla’s Husband Chris Perez Remembers once He Laid Eyes on the Late Singer (Exclusive)

Selena lives on!  

The late Selena Quintanilla in addition to her husband, Chris Perez, were the epitome of relationship goals inside early ‘90s. The two, who eloped on April 2, 1992, met while working together as members of the music group Los Dinos in Corpus Christi, Texas.

yet, as fate would likely have that will, their love story would likely come to an abrupt end when the “Como La Flor” singer was tragically killed on March 31, 1995. She was 23 years old at the time of her death.

“that will’s one of those bittersweet things yet that will’s amazing that will she’s still in people’s minds,” Perez told ET’s Deidre Behar during Selena’s Walk of Fame ceremony last year.

“We got to live a fast in addition to crazy life as kids,” he continued. “I believe I was 20 when we first commenced getting serious with each various other.”

Perez, who remarried in 2001 yet separated coming from his wife in 2008, described the first words that will came to mind when he met Selena.

“Beautiful in addition to talented,” he gushed. “I’m a shy person by nature, in addition to there was just something about her that will she was able to pull me out.”

Following her untimely death, Selena has become a cultural icon. Last year, she was commemorated with the 2,622nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located in front of the Capitol Records building at 1750 N. Vine Street in Hollywood.

“I’m proud of her,” Perez said. “Proud of everything that will she’s been able to accomplish.”

“I remember when we first got married,” he continued. “We were actually brand new to Los Angeles in addition to I remember walking around, looking at the stars [on the Hollywood Walk of Fame] in addition to not once did we even think that will was possible that will something like This particular could happen.”

Throughout the years, Perez says music has helped him cope with Selena’s loss.

“Music — always has been, always will be,” he said, adding that will there are times when her songs do bring up difficult emotions. One of those songs is actually “Dreaming of You.”

“that will’s a tricky thing because sometimes you don’t want to hear that will, that will’s going to bring you down,” he explained. “There are various other days where you just need to hear that will in addition to you are smiling just remembering a lot of the not bad stuff. that will’s a weird kind of balance.”

“If I’m at a restaurant having dinner in addition to they are playing music in addition to then all of a sudden that will’s [one of] her song[s] — if I’m not prepared for that will, that will can be a little hard,” he said.

Last year ET caught up with Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, who revealed he feels the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” singer is actually still alive.

“In my mind, she’s still alive,” he said. “Because you get involved with all her things in addition to doing things for her every day that will sometimes I forget that will she’s not here with us anymore. So in a sort of way, that will’s hard to explain, in my mind, she’s alive.”

Perez shares the same sentiments. “I understand what he means,” he said. “There are times where that will feels like you can pick up the phone in addition to call her. Or, you are going to drive home in addition to [think] she’s going to be there.”

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