The love story of Selena Quintanilla and Chris Perez was one for the ages. Their romance was tragically cut short just two days shy of their third wedding anniversary, but Chris continues to do everything he can to keep Selena's memory alive. From writing his book, "To Selena, With Love" to being by her family's side at the unveiling of her Madame Tussaud's wax figure and the MAC Selena launch, he continues to show unwavering support for his late wife.
And if you need even more proof of that love, we've got you covered. These 20 quotes from Chris about Selena will give you all the feels.
He learned how to truly love because of her.
"That was the first time I came out of my shell. Selena was the one who got me to do that. She was the first person who I could stare into her eyes all day, that I could say 'I love you' to and not feel like a fool. It used to be, if I’d phone my parents when I was on the road, they’d say, 'I love you,' and I would say, 'Okay, I’ll talk to you later.' But with Selena, it got to where I would say 'I love you' even before they would. Selena taught me to do that."
And he recognized her value on a massive scale.
"To Mexicans, and to most Mexican- Americans, Selena was that perfect symbol: a sexy star who had come up from the streets, bringing her family with her, and still remaining virtuous and hard- working along the way. It wasn’t an act, either. What they saw was true and the fans knew that."
And that her realness wasn't lost on anyone.
"With the journalists, Selena was as personable as ever, giving each media personality a warm hug and a big smile, winning them over before she ever had to say a word."
Performing by her side was a magical experience.
"Selena had this voice. I was just in awe of every performance she was a part of."
And despite her incredible talent, she remained super humble.
"When I saw Selena in the studio or live, there was never any ounce of ego trying to come through that microphone."
He's all for people covering Selena's classics.
"In my opinion, anything to keep Selena's memory alive is a good thing."
But doesn't think anyone will ever be able to hold a candle to her skills.
"No, there's nobody out there [who can carry out her legacy as a singer]! Hell no, there's not. I'll be honest. I mean that's my humble opinion. You cannot step to her, man. Somebody that great and heartfelt."
And losing her was the most traumatic experience of his life.
“I was devastated. Something like that changes you. It shakes your core. As cliche as it sounds, food didn’t taste the same, colors didn’t look the same. Everything was gray.”
Being with her family after her death was important to help him with the grieving process.
"When I was with them, I was with more than just a part of her. I was with somebody who...missed her just as much as I did."
There's something about him that will never be the same.
"You're never gonna go back to being the person you were before that. There's always gonna be that space in your heart. I don't wanna call it an emptiness, I just look at it as a piece of my heart that will always belong to Selena."
These days, he feels a lot stronger.
"Back then it was mainly a source of sadness and darkness for me. Now it's kind of become more of light and happiness and remembering the good stuff."
He believes that Selena would have wanted anyone who loved her to experience the beauty of life again.
"I think if Selena were here she’d be trying to make us feel better. She hated to see people in pain. To me, she’d probably say that she loved me and not to worry, that I’d see her again one day, and not to give up on her."
His love for her will never go away.
"Yeah, I always will be [in love with her]. Of course! To this day – I mean I’ve said it before – I’ve never met anybody like her. She was definitely one of a kind."