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The widow of Tejano star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez has reacted to the release of a new series on her life, which spends a lot of time focusing on their complicated relationship.
The first season of “Selena: The Series,” which dropped on Friday, focuses on the singer and her musical siblings as they rise to become one of the most influential Tejano bands. Selena’s dad Abraham Quintanilla formed the popular Selena y Los Dinos, in which Selena performed alongside the original lineup of her siblings, Suzette Quintanilla and A.B. Quintanilla. Later, members Ricky Vela and Roger Garcia joined the band, amongst others.
The show depicts how Selena, in particular, became famous at an astonishing rate. The singer was just crossing over into English-language music with her 1995 platinum album “Dreaming of You” when she was gunned down at the age of 23 by the founder of her fan club.
While the show doesn't dwell on her murder (the final episode of the nine-episode season concludes before Selena, played by Christian Serratos, even meets her killer), it does focus greatly on her and her relationship with her eventual husband and band member Chris Pérez, played by Jesse Posey.
Selena first lays eyes on the long-haired rocker Pérez in episode six, and she is immediately smitten. Their love proves to be a complicated one when he joins the family band Selena y Los Dinos as a guitarist. Selena's overprotective father doesn't exactly approve of his bad-boy image and the season concludes with Selena and her future husband’s relationship in peril: Abraham kicks Pérez out of the band and throws him off the tour bus after he discovers that the star-crossed lovers are having a secret affair.
The real-life Pérez took to Instagram shortly before the release of the series on Friday to share his feelings.
"Alright so, here is my take on this,” he wrote alongside a poster for the show. “I loved her music even before I joined the band. I was intrigued by the fact that her brother had his name on everything as producer. Keyboard player Ricky Vela was my hero as far as musicianship goes. Her dad ran some amazing sound when I went to see them at an event in San Antonio. I learned so much by taking on their guitar player Roger Garcia's parts and doing my best to stretch it even further. They had a girl drummer that laid it DOWN (Suzette really is a badass). Joe and Pete brought the 'extra' and added a whole other dimension PLUS Pete wrote amazing lyrics....and they sounded HEAVY. I will forever respect the band and the people involved in it. I hope you guys enjoy this series.”
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