Born 5 March 1998, celebrity kid Jovan Arriaga is the child of famous pop singer, actress and drummer, Suzette Quintanilla and her husband, Bill Arriaga. His mother is the sister and one-time manager of late iconic Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla. Jovan is also known for his striking resemblance to his late aunt, Selena Quintanilla. Not much is known about his father, Bill, as he is not on social media and leads a private life.
Jovan’s maternal grandparents are Abraham Quintanilla and Marcella Samora, and his uncle is Abraham AB Quintanilla III, an artist, record maker, and musician. The now 23-year-old Jovan is a former Baseball player who played the sport for four years during his high school days. Though his academic discipline is not exactly known, it is said that he is a university graduate and some sources claim that he currently works as a hydraulic civil engineer.
Some people believe in reincarnation, while many others don’t, as the idea is almost impossible to back up scientifically. However, when three years after the tragic death of a music icon and beloved member of the Quintanilla family, Selena, a child was born who looks exactly like her; it is not strange to occasionally wonder, “could this be her reincarnation?” But of course, it is nothing but mere thoughts. One thing is sure, though; he reminds us of her.
Who is Jovan Arriaga, and what’s to know about him? These and more questions will be answered as we zoom in on his life and immediate family in this article. Firstly, here are ten facts about him.
10 interesting Jovan Arriaga facts
- Jovan has a rich family history, especially on his mother’s side; he is a nephew to members of the Selena y Los Dinos band, with the exception of his mom.
- Born in 1998, 23-year-old Jovan is the only child of his parents, Suzette Quintanilla and Bill Arriaga.
- Jovan is the nephew of the late Queen of Tejano music Selena Quintanilla with whom he shares an uncanny resemblance.
- His aunt, Selena, was murdered in the year 1995 by her boutique manager and long-time fan, Yolanda Saldivar, just about two weeks before her 24th birthday.
- In honor of his late aunt, Netflix debuted a series titled Selena: The Series in 2020, based on the tragic life of the American Mexican pop star Selena Quintilla.
- Although he is a private person, it is known that Jovan is in a relationship with Mallory Smith, who once worked as a second-grade teacher.
- Jovan Arriaga excelled in both academics and sports in his school days; he played Baseball for four years as a high school student.
- His mom, Suzette, played the drums and percussion and provided backing vocals for the family band Selena y Los Dinos (Selena and the Guys).
- Jovan’s grandfather, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., is an American singer-songwriter and record producer who also served in the military.
- Jovan is active on social media, with a followership of over 17K people on Instagram; it is unclear if he has a Twitter account.
Related article: The Touching Story Of Marcella Samora, Mother Of Selena Quintanilla.
Early life and education
Jovan was born three years after the tragic death of her aunt, which shook the entire Quintanilla family. There is not much information about his childhood, but it is known that he is an only child. He completed his elementary and high school education at a local school, where he also played baseball for years. Jovan proceeded to the University of Texas, where he graduated with honors in May 2017, in an undisclosed course.
Jovan Arriaga family
As already established, Jovan’s popularity is born of his association with the Quintanilla family. The family is arguably the most famous Mexican name in music. From the Selena y Los Dinos band to the subsequent solo career of the late Selena Quintanilla, their name remains relevant in the history of Mexican music. Who are the members of this celebrated family? Let’s meet them.
Born in 1967 in Lake Jackson, Texas, to Mexican-born record producer and songwriter Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and homemaker Marcella Ofelia Samora, Suzette Quintanilla is a well-known American singer and actress from Texas. She performed the drums, percussion, and backing vocals with her late sister Selena, renowned as the Queen of Tejano, in their family band Selena y Los Dinos. Her music career was hampered by the untimely death of her sister, Selena. Just like her siblings, Suzette’s passion for music began at a young age under the tutelage and guidance of her father.
Following her graduation from high school, Suzette focused on music full time and enjoyed success with her siblings as a group. Their band was signed to Freddie Records and released their first full-length album, Mis Primeras Grabaciones, in 1984. The band released four other albums between then and 1988. Following her sister’s tragic death, Suzette quit music and pursued other endeavors. She is married to a successful businessman, Bill Arriaga, with whom she had their son, Jovan.
Since the death of her sister, Suzette has joined her mother in immortalizing Selena and preserving her legacy. She served as an executive producer on Selena: The Series, alongside her father.
Suzette Quintanilla husband – Bill Arriaga
Suzette got married to businessman Bill Arriaga in 1993. The two were introduced by a mutual friend in 1991, and the attraction was almost instant. Their relationship wasn’t so easy due to how busy Suzette was, touring with her sister, Selena. They, however, kept communication alive, and as seen in Selena: The Series, Bill sometimes attended their concerts, bearing flowers for his lover.
Suzette Quintanilla wedding
Bill Arriaga and Suzette’s wedding recently became a subject of discussion after hitherto unknown facts came to light. The two got married in 1993, and as depicted in the Selena: The Series, Yolanda Saldívar was present at the wedding. Yolanda was responsible for the murder of Selena Quintanilla in 1995, and fans didn’t quite like seeing that she was present at Suzette’s wedding. As the series shows, Yolanda Saldívar was actually a bridesmaid at the wedding party. A closer look at the timeline of events will, however, smoothen out the confusion and quell the outcry.
Yolanda, who was a nurse and the president of the Selena fan club, shot and killed Selena on 31 March 1995. That was two years after Suzette and Bill’s wedding. Prior to the incident, Yolanda was actually a friend of the family and Selena’s employee. So, it makes sense that she was at the wedding.
Suzette Quintanilla Instagram
Suzette is very active on Instagram and has a large following there. Her verified account boasts a teeming 764K followers. She has almost a thousand posts, most of which are related to her sister, Selena. In one of such posts, which highlights a Selena: The Series billboard in Corpus Christi, Suzette wrote glowingly about the series, describing what it meant to her, culturally, and as a tribute to her sister. “We all have dreams, and we all have goals, and even though Selena is not here, it does not change this story,” she wrote. “To just inspire one person is winning in my eyes… [there’s] only one person who I wish would be watching with us all.”
A glance through her page shows how family-oriented Suzette is because her space is flooded with photos and moments shared with family members. You can have a look for yourself here.
Born 16 April 1971, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, businesswoman, model, actress, and fashion designer. She was the youngest daughter of the Quintanillas and famously bore the title, The Queen of Tejano music. Her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Selena was highly successful and ranked among the most influential Latin artists of all time. She is responsible for putting Latin music into the mainstream market. Unfortunately, her promising life was cut short in March 1995, 2 weeks before her 24th birthday. She was shot dead by Yolanda Saldívar, a self-proclaimed fan who was the president of the Selena Fan Club and the manager of Selena Etc boutiques.
Selena’s legacy has lived on, as preserved by her family. In 2017, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star’s unveiling ceremony was attended by around 4,500 fans, the largest-ever crowd for an unveiling ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Selena Quintanilla religion
A recurring topic among the public is the subject of Selena’s religion. This was charged by news of her father’s displeasure at the treatment method employed by medics when trying to save her. Selena lost a lot of blood after being shot, and on getting to the hospital, doctors tried to save her by carrying out a blood transfusion. This irked her father, as it went against the family’s religious beliefs; Selena was brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness and was a practicing member till her passing.
Suzette Quintanilla net worth
According to several sources, Suzette has a net worth of $3 million. She is the CEO and President of Q Productions, the Latin music production company which was started by her dad two years before Selena’s death. The company also runs the Selena Museum located in Texas, as well as the store.
There is not much known about Jovan just yet, especially as he hasn’t followed the showbiz path. His rich family heritage, however, makes him a person of interest, as it usually is for people associated with fame. Thus far, he seems to favor a private life and has kept away from the public’s glare. If there is ever more to know about him, it most definitely will come up online.
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