Life of Vanessa Villanueva, Career, Relationship and Age

It is well known that most ex-wives of celebrities fade away after the heart breaking change of their marital status. Interestingly, Vanessa Villanueva separates herself from  this way of life that ex-wives have unknowingly created. She has formed a name for herself by pursuing a career path in the entertainment industry, and she did not stop at just being an actress, she has also dived into the world of business.

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Vanessa Villanueva is a beautiful American actress, popularly known as the second wife of the musician, Chris Perez. Who would have known that she would use a failed marriage to her own advantage? Although Vanessa likes to live a private life, continue reading this article to find out all about her; the reason her marriage to Chris Perez came to an abrupt end, and her journey through making a name for herself.

The Early Life of Vanessa Villanueva

Vanessa was born 1971, in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America. She was born into a Christian home and has a Mexican heritage. However, there is no public information yet on Vanessa’s parents, it is known that her parents relocated to the United States of America, before she was born. It is also of public knowledge that she got a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Vanessa Villanueva and Chris Perez

They met through John Garza, who at that time was a friend to Chris Perez, and started dating in 1998. Before then, Chris Perez who was the lead guitarist of the popularly known band in 1990, ‘Selena y Los Dinos,’ was married to their beautiful vocalist, Selena Quintanilla. The couple tied the knot in 1992, but did not get to enjoy a blissful marriage because, the universe hurt Perez by taking away his wife. Selena died three years after their marriage, from a shot to the head, that came from the slender hands of the president of the fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who had stolen money from Selena while working with her. 

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Unfortunately, the tragic death of Selena in 1995, left Perez with the abuse of alcohol and drugs, as the only way of surviving extreme depression and guilt for his wife’s death. After meeting Vanessa Villanueva, Perez decided it was time to pick up the pieces of his life. The two got married in 2001, and at that time Perez had formed his own band, ‘The Chris Perez band.’

What Went Wrong In Vanessa Villanueva’s Marriage?

Vanessa Villanueva ex-husband, Perez released his first album with his band, ‘Resurrection.’ The album received a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. The couple then had two children; Noah Perez and Cassie Perez.

Their marriage lasted for eight years, and Vanessa Villanueva had gotten to the height of it. She demanded a divorce after noticing that Perez had not fully recovered from the death of his late wife, Selena. He would get depressed over everything and result in handling it with drugs and alcohol, and also give little attention to his new family. It was later noticed that the aim of his band, ‘The Chris Perez,’ was to promote the music of his late lover. Perez undying love did not end there, he went further to release a book in 2012, about his relationship with Selena, titled ‘To Selena, With Love.’

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Vanessa Villanueva’s Acting Career

After Vanessa accepted that forever was not going to work with Perez, she decided to pursue an acting career. She used the new gained popularity gained from divorcing her husband, a popular musician, to make waves in the entertainment industry. She appeared in two amazing movies; Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns, in 2011 and in Forgotten Memories, 2015.

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Vanessa Villanueva currently has a net worth of 100,000 dollars, and a business of her own. It is a nail salon and private spa called, V’s Day Spa in Portland, Texas. Vanessa got  back in the dating game with Henry Soliz in 2012, and after dating for so long, she decided to get married to him in 2018.

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