Vanessa Villanueva, What we know about Chris Perez’s ex-wife


Vanessa Villanueva, What we know about Chris Perez’s ex-wife

Vanessa Villanueva, born on 23 November 1965 in San Antonio Texas, is one of four siblings born to Salvador and Cecelia Villanueva. She is married to Gabriel Soto and together they have two sons named Daniel and Gabriel. 

Vanessa earned her college degree from The University of Houston in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and graduated top of her class at Harvard Business School in 1994 with an MBA degree in Management Science and Marketing.

Who is Vanessa Villanueva?

Vanessa Villanueva was born on 23 November 1965 in San Antonio Texas. She is one of four siblings born to Salvador and Cecelia. 

Her mother worked as a licensed vocational nurse and her father worked for an oil company. When she was still young, she along with her family relocated to Corpus Christi where they lived in a two bedroom home at 1311 20th Street.


Villanueva is of Mexican origin but she and her parents moved to Corpus Christi, Texas when she was still young. She attended Portland Memorial High School for her secondary education and later completed studies in nursing at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi before graduating from Lamar University with a degree in Biology. The Mexican origin singer later settled down with nurse practitioner Meri Villanueva whom she married on 25 June 2005 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Vanessa Villanueva’s background

After one year of marriage with Selena y Los Dinos lead singer Selena, he met Vanessa Villanueva. He had dated her for four years and they got married in 1996. 

Vanessa went to college in Laredo as she studied Business Administration. During her graduation ceremony which was held at St. Mary’s University, there were two people who were honored: Chris Perez and his wife Vanessa Villanueva. 

This is because their names were inscribed on a board that recognized donors who contributed financially towards building a new library on campus. Before marrying Chris Perez, she worked as an assistant manager at Sears store located in San Antonio Texas.

Vanessa Villanueva’s career

Vanessa Villanueva is a Mexican actress who has been active since she was sixteen years old. Vanessa has never enjoyed anonymity since becoming famous at such a young age and her career began to take off when she was chosen to be one of the main characters in Como en el cine television series where she shared credits with other celebrities like Eduardo Capetillo. 

She also starred in various plays including Mujeres Insumisas where she acted alongside actresses like Lorena Herrera, Silvia Pasquel, and Beatriz Sheridan among others.

Who is Vanessa Villanueva’s ex, Chris Perez?

Chris Pérez (born March 31, 1975) is a Mexican American guitarist and former lead guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning Tejano band Los Dinos. Since marrying American Idol singer Jennifer Lopez in 2004 he is better known as her husband than as a guitarist. He is also well known as Selena’s widower after she was murdered in 1995. Their marriage lasted only two years but produced two children: fraternal twins Emme Maribel and Maximilian David. 

Chris Perez and Vanessa Villanueva’s children

Chris and Vanessa shared two children together. Their first son, Christopher Jr., was born in 2008, and their second son Joshua was born in 2010. It is a known fact that Vanessa loved both of her sons very much and would do anything for them. She even used to help Selena with her parenting skills whenever she wanted to take care of her own children because she had so much experience with it already from raising Chris’ older brother at an early age.

Vanessa Villanueva and Perez’s divorce

On 29 July 2007, after having been separated for some time, Vanessa filed for divorce from her husband on grounds of conflict of personalities. 

This conflict was revealed during an episode of Ricki Lake in which a couple was given psychological testing to see if they should stay together or divorce. The results showed that both were at fault for their relationship problems and should not be married to each other. It is also said that Vanessa wanted a divorce before Selena’s death because she felt threatened by Selena’s growing popularity.

Vanessa Villanueva and Chris Perez’s love story

The love story of these two pop stars started in 1994. Their relationship developed as a result of their common passion for music and singing. 

As time went by their love blossomed into one another until it led to marriage in 2005 after five years of being together. 

Soon after that, they got separated on February 9, 2014. It was reported that Vanessa filed for divorce because she felt betrayed by her husband who had an affair with his bandmate, Marcela De La Garza. 

She was also concerned with how long he would be gone while touring and didn’t want to be left alone at home with her kids.

This separation was a shocker to many fans since they were considered one of Hollywood’s most loved couples. 

To make matters worse, Vanessa found out that she was pregnant in 2012 and gave birth to a baby girl in October of that year. This new addition did not go well with her husband who blamed her for ruining his dream of being a father. I was so excited to be a dad, said Chris when he talked to People magazine on June 27th, 2013.

Chris Perez and Vanessa Villanueva’s children

Chris and Vanessa had four children together: Aiden Christopher (born 1997), Danielle Amber (born 1999), Cassie Marie (born 2000) and Christopher Maximiliano. The couple also shares a child together named Gracie Elliot Perez who was born in 2014. However, it is unclear if she is biologically related to Chris or not. 

Their son Aiden died of sudden infant death syndrome on March 21, 2013, at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas at just eight months old; he is buried alongside his mother Selena in her memorial garden at South Park Cemetery & Mausoleum in Corpus Christi.


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