Who is Chris Pérez wife Vanessa Villanueva?

Early life

Venessa Villanueva was born in 1971 in the United States of America; she is an actress renowned for being the ex-wife of guitarist Chris Pérez. Her parents moved to the US in search of a better life. While her exact birth location is unknown, she grew up in Texas.

Vanessa’s parents, who are Mexicans, relocated to the United States before the birth of their daughter. There is no information disclosing the school’s name where she received her primary education. After graduation, she enrolled at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2015, Venessa was featured as Gaby Valdez in the series Forgotten Memories and worked as an electrician for Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns

Vanessa Villanueva has kept her personal life under the sheets ever since her divorce from Chris Perez. Not much is known about her personal life, relationships, etc. She stopped appearing in the media, which is one of the primary reasons why not much is known about her after she broke up with Chris Pérez.

She has no online presence whatsoever as she has no social media handles such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. There are countless accounts in her name, but they are not verified and unrelated to her. She maintains a private life, whereas her ex-husband, on the other hand, has remained a public figure and active socially and mostly busy with his music career wanting to ensure that the legacy of his former lover, Selena, is kept alive.

Vanessa Villanueva
Vanessa Villanueva

Top 10 facts about Vanessa Villanueva

  1.  Vanessa is an American actress and businesswoman.
  2. Vanessa’s parents were initially Mexicans who migrated to the United States of America in search of greener pastures.
  3. Perez and Vanessa first met through the lead singer of his band, John Garza. T in 1997.
  4. Her father is Jay Villanueva, and her mother is Virginia Villanueva. She has two brothers, John and Jay Villanueva, and a sister, Veronica V. Fuentes.
  5. While this has not been confirmed, there are sources that assumed that after the divorce, Venessa was given a significant share of Chris’s assets as alimony.
  6. Since the failed marriage with Venessa, the American Guitarist Chris Perez has not brought himself to get married again, more than a decade after.
  7. Venessa has not allowed her failed marriage to Chris to deter her from making progress. She moved on with her life and got married to a man named Henry Soliz.
  8. Since her divorce from Chris, Vanessa has maintained a very private life, channeling all her energy into her career and children.
  9. Vanessa has a net worth of $1.2 million.
  10. Villanueva has no online presence as she has no social media handles such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

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Personal life – relationship with Chris Pérez

Chris Pérez is of Mexican ancestry – his father worked as a programmer, although his parents divorced when he was very young.

He began to learn music in school, and the first instrument he learned how to play was the French horn. In spite of a lack of support from his mom, he decided to learn the electric guitar, inspired by acts such as Iron Maiden, Kiss, Van Halen, and Def Leppard. At the age of 17, he ventured into a music career, and his first band was with Shelly Lares in 1986, with the band specializing in Tejano music. He helped the band metamorphose away from Tejano music, which led to a more positive reception. One of his music can be listened to here: 

In the year 1989, he was invited by the band Selena y Los Dinos for a rehearsal and was immediately prompted to join the band. He enjoyed the musical prowess of the band, which made him decide to leave his first group. He became bosom buddies with the band’s bassist, who stimulated him to test/practicalize with their music. Within just one year, the band started to gain a lot of attention, mainly thanks to the skill of their front woman, Selena.

Before Villanueva met Pérez, he was formerly married to singer Selena as the two started a relationship a year after he was recruited into the band. Despite Selena’s father’s initial objection to their relationship, he drew close to her family.

They sneaked off and got married before the family accepted him. After Selena’s death, he battled with the feeling of guilt, believing that it was his sole responsibility as her husband to protect her. His appetite for food was tampered with, and this skyrocketed into an addiction to alcohol as well as drug abuse. At this point in his life, he met Villanueva, and she became the light for him as they kickstarted a relationship in 1998 and got married three years later.

Their marriage produced two children, Cassie Pérez and Noah Pérez, but things eventually fell apart in the mid-2000s. Their relationship fell apart due to Pérez not having enough time to spend with his family and still showing signs of alcohol and drug abuse to escape the feeling of guilt. She wanted to make her marriage work but decided that things were irreconcilable. They divorced in 2008, and since then, Pérez has committed and devoted himself to his first love, Selena, and has maintained a bond with her family. Here is a picture of Chris and Venessa when they got married.


Vanessa Villanueva, Chris Perez former wife, Selena first husband
Vanessa Villanueva and Chris Perez


Chris Pérez Personal life

His relationship with his first love, Selena

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, model, actor, fashion designer, and spokesperson. Famously known as the Queen of Tejano music, she was one of the best-selling Latin artists of the 1990s. Her labor and contributions to fashion design and music made her one of the most prominent artists. Selena is applauded for turning Tejano music into a popular genre.

Selena made her first appearance in 1980 when she became part of the family band, Selena y Los Dinos. She was born to a singer-songwriter. Selena began to attain attention independently, leading her to undertake personal projects away from the group. Still, before she exited the group, the band had started to gain popularity in Texas, thereby selling 80,000 copies of their music. Apart from being an entertainer, she was also a spokesperson for Coca-Cola. Chris moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a musician and joined the group Shelly Lares. He left it in 1990 to become a guitarist for Selena y Los Dinos. In March 1995, Selena was shot dead by Yolanda Saldívar, a former employee of ‘Selena Etc. boutiques.’ After her death, the then-governor of Texas, George W. Bush, declared her birthday as Selena Day in Texas.

Previously, he was married to Selena Quintanilla. They met when he became a member of her band, Selena y Los Dinos. They tied the knot in 1992. After Selena’s death and his long recovery from grieving, Chris began writing music once more with John Garza and created The Chris Perez Band, Selena y Los Dinos had gone into extinction by then. They entered an agreement with Hollywood Records before going to A&M Studios and releasing their debut album and several songs dedicated to the late Selena.

Perez was devastated by Selena’s death, and after Selena’s funeral, he began abusing alcohol and drugs to cope with the hurt that lingered in his heart.

See Pictures of Selena Quintanilla and Chris Pérez
Chris Pérez and Selena Quintanilla

Chris Pérez and Vanessa Villanueva children

He has two children: Cassie and Noah Pérez. 

1. Cassie Pérez

Cassandra Pérez, also known as Cassie, is a well-known American singer. Cassie Pérez is the daughter of famous American singer Chris Pérez. She was born on 23 February 1988 to Chris Pérez and his wife at Lilia Moreno-Perez.

At the age of 17, she had written a song by herself titled “Me & U.” The song was recorded for her debut studio album and released under Atlantic Records in 2006. After Ryan Leslie, a music producer, discovered her, he helped her produce the self-titled album, which debuted on the #3 spot on US Billboard. Her second single is called “Long Way 2 Go”, released in 2008. She is a Medical Aesthetician at Massage Envy. After her parents’ divorce, Cassie decided to stay with her mother. However, she spent a lot of time with her father, Chris. She often posts hilarious pictures on Instagram

2. Noah Pérez

He was born on 4 April 2005 to his father’s second wife, Vanessa. He is the youngest of Chris Pérez’s kids as he has an older sister, Cassie. Noah Pèrez, Chris Pérez’s son, is expected to follow his father’s path in music. His passion for music is visible, and many people have total faith in him that he will achieve various feats if he chooses his father’s path.

Vanessa Villanueva Net Worth

Vanessa Villanueva has an estimated net worth of $100,000, which she mainly acquired through a profitable career in filming in the entertainment industry. Her wealth has also been boosted through her ex-husband’s success, as Chris Pérez has almost $1.2 million as his net worth.


Venessa Villanueva is one of those celebrities who hold their personal information close to their heart and away from the prying eyes of the public. She basically rose from obscurity to fame after her marriage to the Mexican-American Rock Singer, Christopher Gilbert Pérez also known as Chris Pérez.

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