‘Selena: The Series’ Ending Explained: Will Selena's father reveal why he saw Chris Pérez as ‘threat’ in Part 2?
‘I saw him as a threat. What if they got married and he pulled her out of the band?’ Abraham Quintanilla once said
Spoilers for ‘Selena: The Series’ Episode 9 ‘Qué Creías’
The whole world can become your enemy when you lose what you love. But what if that enemy is the one who gave birth to you? In the last episode of ‘Selena: The Series’, Selena Quintanilla stands at a crossroad between her lover and father. Things go haywire when Abraham (Ricardo Chavira) finds out about Selena's love affair with Chris Pérez, the guitarist from San Antonio.
When Abraham notices that they are together, he stops the bus and fires Chris. Selena tries to stop her father and confesses they are in love, but he doesn't listen to a word she has to say. Will Abraham's anger crush everything they've built all these years? Selena accuses her father saying that he never liked Chris, and he snaps back that he is “a type”. As Chris and Selena are separated, the two are heartbroken. What will happen when the series comes back with another season? Will Abraham finally confess why he never liked Chris?
What happened in real life? An exclusive interview with Selena's family by Texas Monthly sketches out the nail-biting details from the past. Shedding light on their romance, Chris Pérez said, “I want to say that we were in Laredo when we had our conversation about how we both felt the same way about each other. Selena had the biggest smile on her face when we were walking back to the bus afterward. I’m smiling right now just thinking about it. I wanted to tell her, ‘Hey, quit smiling! You’re going to give it away.’”
Revealing how Chris was in the early days, Ruben Cubillos — an associate creative director at Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates, where he worked on Selena’s Coca-Cola advertisements — said, “Few people actually knew they were in a relationship. Chris was a cool guy; he had long hair and played guitar, but he didn’t call a lot of attention to himself. He was reserved, not overbearing or jealous or macho the way some guys might have been. He sat back and let Selena do her thing.”
At that time, many people thought it was Suzette who told her dad about Selena's affair. Quashing the rumors, Suzette said, “They kept things quiet for a long time. When I started having my suspicions, I told them, ‘I’m not involved, and if Dad asks me, I’m going to say I don’t know anything.’”
Explaining his side of the story, Abraham said, “I didn’t realize what was going on until we were coming home one time from McAllen and I saw them hugging. I stopped the bus in Harlingen at two or three o’clock in the morning and exploded. I fired Chris on the spot. I dropped him off in a Whataburger parking lot and said, ‘You find your way home’.” He added, “I saw him as a threat. What if they got married and he pulled her out of the band? All the work we did all those years would go down the tubes.”
Then Suzette added, “Chris was out of the band for a while, and Selena was miserable the entire time. The tension was hard on all of us. Dad called me one day when we were back in Corpus and said, ‘Well, she did it. Your sister ran off and eloped.’”
How did the lovebirds run away and get married? Chris explained, “I had jeans and a T-shirt on when we went to the courthouse. I don’t remember a lot of details, because I was kind of in shock when all this was happening. I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God, we’re doing this. Oh, my God, what are we doing? Oh, my God!’ The next thing I knew, it was over and we had been pronounced man and wife.”
Talking about how he finally accepted the couple, Abraham said, “After that, I accepted him as part of the family. What else could I do? By then, I owned three houses on Bloomington Street. AB had the house on the left, Marcella and I lived in the middle house, and I let Selena and Chris live in the house on the right for free. Everybody had their own lives, but we were still a family.”
Will all these little details be a part of the second season when it drops? Well, only time will tell. The reigning queen of Tex-Mex music's remarkable career was cut short at the age of 23 and millions of fans mourned the loss of the pop phenomenon. On March 31, 1995, Yolanda Saldívar — who was appointed as manager of Selena's boutiques in early 1994 — pulled the trigger on Selena in her motel room at 11.48 am CST at the Days Inn in Corpus Christi. Saldívar chased after her and called her a “b***h” as she collapsed. The first part of ‘Selena: The Series’ delved into the singer's rise, will the second part showcase the fall?
‘Selena: The Series’ starts streaming all nine new episodes of Part One on Netflix this December 4, 2020.