Tom met Bridget Moynahan in 2004 and they hit it off right away. Their passion for their careers, structure, and hard work was what really sealed the deal for their relationship. It was clear to everyone around them that there was chemistry between the Patriots quarterback and the I-Robot actress. During the beginning stages of their relationship, both of their careers were thriving. Moynahan was landing several big roles in films and Tom Brady was thriving as quarterback for the Patriots. They seemed like a match made in heaven.
Talk Of The Town
When the Patriots QB finally decided to settle down with the actress, they became the talk of the town. People speculated about a wedding and gushed about how good the couple looked together. It came as a shock to everyone when the news of their breakup hit media outlets. The two were in a relationship until 2006, breaking up after almost 3 years of dating. The split was hard for both, but they said parting ways was a mutual decision. Everything seemed amicable in the days following the breakup.
A New Flame
A few weeks after Brady and Moynahan split, Tom decided to attend a party where he met model Gisele Bundchen. Despite having only just left a long term relationship with Bridget, it was clear to the quarterback that he had real feelings for this woman. It seemed their relationship was going to lead to bigger things, regardless of just meeting each other. The connection between the two was obvious and no one could deny that this couple was meant for each other. While Brady and Gisele were going on dates, Bridget had some news for her former boyfriend.
In December of 2006, Bridget learned that she was pregnant with Brady’s child. It was a shock to her as she never expected she would become a single mother. Despite feelings of fear over the situation, she confronted Brady and they agreed to make it work. On finding out she was pregnant, Moynahan said, “I’m not sure anyone – and I could be wrong about this – grows up thinking, ‘I want to be a single mom,'” she said at the time. “When you’re suddenly pregnant and no one is standing by your side, even if you’re in your 30’s, it’s a hard conversation. I’m a traditional girl, and I believe in marriage, and I just always thought that’s the way I’d be doing this. For a moment, it was hard for me to accept that this was the way I was going to have a family.”
In hindsight, Bridget Moynahan admits that being a celebrity and being pregnant with the child of a man she just broke up with was a terrible concoction. Wherever she went, she would be harassed by the media and looking back, she feels like she didn’t get the most out of her time as a pregnant woman. “I had a public breakup and then I was pregnant and then I had a baby,” she said. “And those moments were kind of stolen from me by the paparazzi, the tabloids, whatever.”
Trouble In Paradise
Upon finding out his ex was pregnant, Brady was shocked. He had just entered a new relationship with a woman he adored and now he was expecting his first child. It definitely caused some turbulence with his newfound girlfriend. Gisele certainly had her doubts as well when Tom told her about his ex’s pregnancy. Bundchen wondered if she should encourage Tom to get back with his ex to try and make the situation work. “You question at times- ‘Should I stay here? Maybe you should work this out,” she admits. “But when people break up, it’s for a reason.”
It wasn’t easy for the new couple to navigate through, but with strong communication and an open mind they managed to come out of the situation stronger than ever. Gisele said, “It was definitely a surprise for both of us. In the beginning, you’re living this romantic fantasy; you’re thinking, ‘This can’t be true, it’s so good!’ And then whoops – wake up call!” The couple had only been together for 2 and a half months when they found out the news. “It was a very challenging situation. Obviously, in the beginning, it’s not the ideal thing.”
In August of 2007, Moynahan gave birth to their child, John Edward Thomas Moynahan. Despite the trying times during the pregnancy, everyone agreed that this little baby deserved the world. Even Gisele, who was doubtful of the situation, immediately knew how special Jack was when she saw him. Bundchen gushed over the little boy in an interview saying, “He’s a little angel – the sweetest, most cuddly, loving baby. I feel blessed to have him in my life. I understand that he has a mom, and I respect that, but to me it’s not like because someone else delivered him, that’s not my child. I feel it is, 100 percent. I want him to have a great relationship with his mom, because that’s important, but I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day.”
In 2009, two years after the birth of Jack, Brady and Bundchen married. They overcame the obstacles in their early relationship and managed to come out stronger. It’s clear in the way they look at each other how much this couple is in love. Brady on his wife, “I’m blessed to find this life partner that we all kind of seek at different times in our life. We found each other at the right time. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together, and in so many ways, that’s kind of built our relationship so strong.”
The Second Child
Later in December of 2009, the newlyweds gave birth to their first child together, Benjamin Rein Brady. The addition of another child definitely added to the challenges of co-parenting, but the Bradys and Moynahan always found ways to prevail. As Bridget said in a PEOPLE interview, “I think from the very beginning the whole goal specifically was to always keep it positive,” She said when asked about co-parenting. “To raise a son in the healthiest environment, and I know we’ve all done that, and it shows. I always encourage everyone to stay positive and understand you have to make the kids priority.”
Kids Come First
Bridget Moynahan has always been upfront about her desire for all of their kids to grow up in a happy and healthy environment. “I have a relationship with these people on a daily basis. I’m raising a child, and it’s public,” Moynahan said. “My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends.” “Tom and I made a decision to raise a child together,” said Moynahan, “and we both found partners that not only supported us in raising that child but also loved our child as if he was their own. I don’t think you can ask for more than that.” She makes it clear that she appreciates all the support from outside parties. “My son is surrounded by love.”
In a 2013 interview, Tom Brady touched on his experience co-parenting, “I’ve navigated the challenges [of co-parenting] and now we just do what we need to do as a family.” The star athlete keeps his personal life as private as possible for the sake of his children. Despite their lives constantly being put under scrutinization, the children’s parents make it a goal to keep them from it as much as possible. While adults can handle the gaze of the media a little bit better, we all know how difficult it can be for children to be analyzed that way.
The Third Child
On December 5, 2012, Gisele gave birth to their first baby girl—Vivian Lake Brady. Upon her arrival, the couple released a short statement, “We feel so lucky to have been able to experience the miracle of birth once again and are forever grateful for the opportunity to be the parents of another little angel.” It’s clear that this little girl has her dad’s heart wrapped around her little finger. He often talks about how he is incapable of saying no to her, “I let my daughter do basically anything she wants, which is a little bit of a problem in the house. The boys I’m definitely tougher on, but it’s so hard with a little 3-year-old girl who just looks at you and smiles and she knows exactly what to say to get her dad to do exactly what she wants.”
Shortly after the Superbowl 50 scandal, deflate-gate, the media was doing whatever it could to try and tarnish Tom Brady’s name. Even going as far as exposing personal emails between Brady and Moynahan. This seemed to have the opposite effect than the hackers had hoped for though. The leaked emails showed how successful the co-parenting between Brady and Moynahan was. One email from Moynahan read, “Isn’t it cool that Jack got a reading award!? He gets to wear a reading star pin now too. So proud.” To which the quarterback responded, “He is such a smart boy. And he is a hard worker. I’m so proud of him.” If that isn’t successful parenting then I don’t know what is.
Despite the busy schedules of the working parents, it’s clear that they make it a priority to spend quality time with their children. Here you can see the family preparing to take a vacation as they navigate through the airport. It’s important for any family to get away from their responsibilities for a little while, even if you’re an All-Star Quarterback and a model. You can tell this is a special time for the family and that these are the moments they will cherish forever.
Another activity they enjoy doing together as a family is horseback riding. You can see the whole family here as they trek through the tall grass on their steeds. Everyone appreciates a little family time! You can see the joy on all of their faces as they get to relax and be away from the probing eyes of the world. While it’s been said that Jack enjoys sports just like his dad, it seems clear that he’s happy doing anything as long as he can be with his family.
Happy Wife, Happy Life
In a 2018 interview with PEOPLE, Gisele addressed her appreciation for Moynahan, “I’m so grateful for [Bridget]. I know this was hard, but I couldn’t imagine my life without [Jack]. I call him my bonus child.” She admitted to the interviewer. “He opened my heart in ways I didn’t even know my heart could expand,” she added, “I fell in love with him.” I think we all hope that mothers and stepmothers can get along as well as this pair does. Not only is it extremely healthy for a child to grow up in that environment, but it also eases the mind of the parents. Knowing your child is in the hands of someone who genuinely loves them is enough to calm any reservations you may have.
In It Together
I think it would make any man feel better knowing that his ex and his wife got along well. It’s clear that these two women have a positive relationship with one another, and we can only hope that it’s as pleasant behind closed doors as it is in public. You can see Gisele and Bridget hugging each other as they meet in the street. It’s so healthy for the kids to see how you can still be a positive influence in each other’s life even after splitting up. You have to commend the families for pulling together like this.
Moms Stick Together
Bridget and Gisele are definitely two women who know it’s okay to rely on one another. Here you can see another photo of them on the sidelines of a Patriots game. Moms that stick together will thrive together! We love seeing women working together, rather than being put against one another. One of the hardest aspects of dealing with co-parenting is lingering jealousy. Whether it’s from the new girl or the ex, it can be a volatile situation. They have seemingly pushed aside any negative feelings and built a real friendship. Not only for the children but for their sakes as well.
Like Father Like Son
While Tom Brady has expressed that his son Jack is a lot like him in several aspects, there is a stunning similarity that comes out when Jack is on the field with his dad. You can often find Jack throwing tosses to his dad on the sidelines before a game starts. Jack looks like a clone of his dad in this photo of him with the football. While Tom has expressed he doesn’t need any of his children to follow in his footsteps in the world of football, it seems clear that Jack has the same passion his dad does for the game.
Tom Brady has made it clear that while raising a family isn’t an easy task, it’s something that he truly loves and is willing to make sacrifices for. What it comes down to is choosing what is most important to you and putting that thing above all else. For the Brady family, it’s the kids always. In a 2019 interview Brady said, “I try to do the best I can do. And I’m certainly not perfect,” he confessed. “I try to keep my priorities in line, you know?” In which he lists his priorities as his kids, his wife, and his career. “All those things have their nuances and challenges,” he admits. “But if you’re committed to em’ and you prioritize em’, then you figure out how to make em’ work.”
Hard Work Pays Off
From the pictures that the ex-couple post of their son Jack, it is clear to bystanders that this boy is happy and healthy. You can really tell that they’ve built a strong foundation of trust, love, and respect amongst each other. All anyone can ask for is that a child is able to freely communicate and love each parent without anyone on opposing sides trying to sway his opinion. It’s never easy to deal with having parents bad-mouthing each other and it’s clear that this couple has made it a goal to not expose their children to anything like that.
If you’ve ever been a child of divorce, you know that it can take a toll on everyone involved. Seeing that these three adults can sit together, talk, and laugh really shows how mature they are. These three came together to watch Jack participate in sports and showed him that they’re a supportive force ready to be there if he were to need any of them! Having not only two parents but two stepparents who cherish and love you is enough to make any child feel like they’re really important.
Just Like Dad
While both parents have 50/50 custody of Jack when Tom is in LA, it’s abundantly clear that he wants to be just like his dad. He can be seen on the sidelines cheering on his dad, congratulating him on his wins, and even telling him what he could have done better during plays. It’s obvious that these two have a strong bond and that through their healthy co-parenting they were able to nurture that! We love seeing parents put their kids first.
Brady has admitted that Jack is a lot like him in ways saying, “Jack is just like me – he holds a lot in,” while saying his other son Benny is the opposite. “Jack loves sports. He wants to try hard, and he never wants to disappoint his dad. That was me. I’d wake up early on weekends to do stuff with my dad. That’s why I didn’t party a lot. If Dad wanted to golf, I wanted to be there with him. And if I ever missed those things, it would crush me.” What do you guys think? Is Jack basically a miniature version of our Patriots QB? Based on how closely they look alike and how much Jack loves football, I’m gonna say yes!
While all of his kids love watching his dad play football for different reasons, it was Jack’s opinions that really made me smile. He really wants his dad to be the best he can be! Tom Brady said in an interview, “I’ll talk to my son Jack about the game and what he thought of the game and [he’ll say], ‘Dad, what were you doing on this play?! Why didn’t you just do this?!’ He watches football, and his buddies talk about football. That’s just a great thing for a dad, and for all of us, when our kids are interested in what we’re doing,”
Trying to Move On
While trying to balance her life as a parent and still trying to remain amicable with Brady, Bridget Moynahan was also trying to move on from that chapter of her life and find love elsewhere. In 2010, the actress started dating director McG, who is best known for movies such as Charlie’s Angels and Terminator: Salvation. For a few months, it seemed like things were looking good between the two. However, they eventually parted ways and Moynahan appeared to be back to square one.
Finally Found Love
Eventually, Bridget Moynahan got the win she deserved when she fell in love with businessman Andrew Frankel. On October 17, 2015, the couple tied the knot at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in the Hamptons. Despite her close-knit relationship with Brady and Bundchen, Bridget decided against inviting them and only had a small ceremony, with a few friends and family. However, her son Jack did end up attending, but he and the rest of the congregation were shocked as the wedding was actually a surprise!
They Still Have Fun Together
Despite everything they have been through together and all the responsibilities they have, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have always managed to put each other first and keep their marriage fun and full of excitement. This photo was recently taken of the couple on Valentine’s Day and it appears that they managed to get away from the family for a day or two to have some quality time as husband and wife. One thing’s for sure – Tom and Gisele still have a magical marriage.
A Big Family
Another key to Tom and Gisele’s happy family dynamic is the fact that they have three beautiful dogs in their home – Fluffy, Scooba and Lua. They have lots of quality time together and can often be seen going on family trips to the park together. Brady recently posted the following photo on his Instagram account of Brady’s son and Lua hanging out together. “Our oldest boy and our oldest girl,” he wrote in the caption. Dogs certainly bring a lot of joy to many families around the world and the Brady-Bundchen bunch is no different.
Plenty of Celebrations
It seems like there is always something to celebrate in the Brady household. Whether it is the birthdays of Tom’s kids with Gisele or Jack’s latest milestone, all of the family seems to come together no matter what and make a fuss over each other on their big days. Brady always posts on Instagram a little birthday message for each of his children. “Happy Birthday Benny! 10 years old and I couldn’t be any more blessed to be your Dad!” Brady wrote. “We love you so much! This smile makes my day!”
One thing that Tom Brady is extremely grateful for is the incredible relationship his mother Galynn has with his children. “I couldn’t imagine a Mom and a Daughter that I could possibly love and adore more than these two!” he wrote on Instagram. “These two fill my heart every day!” It has been a rollercoaster ride for Galynn over the last few years, having had a vicious fight with cancer. However, when 2019 came around, she was able to support her son without any serious signs whatsoever.
While it would be easy just to post photos of himself on the field and celebrating with his teammates on social media, Tom Brady does things a little differently. It seems like he is usually more interested in showing off his beautiful family with the world. While some families tend to be more private and keep away from social media, Tom and Gisele don’t have this concern and are often sharing some of their most intimate moments with their fans, whether on Instagram or Facebook.
Lets Go to the Beach
When you are the best in the world at what you do, you are most likely going to try and incorporate what you do into every aspect of your life, even when you are trying to relax. Tom Brady loves nothing more than taking a ball to the beach and playing some football with his kids. While it would be perfectly fine for them to just kick back and soak in the sun, Brady always seems to be on the move and his kids are the same!
Fun in the Kitchen
Even Tom and Gisele know that, from time to time, you just have to treat yourself. Gisele posted this photo of the two of them, along with Benjamin, eating some delicious cookies that Qatar Museums Chairperson Mayassa gave to them. While they have taught their kids valuable life lessons, they have also taught them that it’s ok to enjoy the finer things in life every once in a while. “Breakfast of champions! Seriously Mayassa, we can’t stop eating your cake,” Gisele wrote on Instagram.
Happy Father’s Day!
An ideal family dynamic is when the kids are just as excited to show love to their parents as their parents are showing love to them. This is certainly the case in the Brady household, especially when Father’s Day comes around for Tom. Gisele wrote the following on social media: “Happy Father’s Day my love. [There are] no words to describe how much you mean to us. There’s nothing that we love more than being with you…You are the best dad!”
Through Thick and Thin
There is no doubt that one of the most incredible stats surrounding Tom Brady is the fact that he has played in a record nine Super Bowls and has won six of them. Gisele and the kids were quick to rush to Tom’s side shortly after he helped the Patriots win their most recent one in 2018. “What a special night. Congratulations Patriots! Congratulations my love!” she wrote. “Your tireless commitment, discipline and hard work never ceases to amaze me. We love you!”
Daddy’s Little Girl
As previously mentioned, Tom Brady has a unique relationship with daughter Vivi. While it comes much more natural to bond with his sons through football, Tom enjoys building a relationship with Vivi through a variety of other ways. He jokingly asked his fans on social media if they could help him find out where to buy a unicorn for Vivi’s birthday. He wrote this in the caption attached to this photo he posted on Instagram. “You are a gift to all of us,” Brady wrote.
As soon as it reaches a certain time during the weekend, Tom Brady’s kids love nothing more than invading his bedroom and jumping all over him. They can’t help smothering him with cuddles and love and quite frankly, Tom wouldn’t have it any other way. Gisele often finds her husband having a casual afternoon nap with their kids embracing him from every angle. Sometimes, even she will join in on the cuddly fun. This is a family that fully appreciates those quiet days off together.
It does not matter how tired he might be after a game or how bruised he might be. Even if all he wants to do is go for a nice long sleep after a terrible game, Tom Brady always makes sure to attend to his family straight after a game and check that they are OK. As previously mentioned, he is a family man, above everything else. He just happens to also be the greatest football player of all time.
Moynahan and Brady made it abundantly clear with each other from the beginning that to make this co-parenting situation work they would avoid discussing each other in the media. They didn’t want their son to grow up and find all this back and forth bashing between his parents. Moynahan had briefly touched on the subject in an interview, “There’s no reason why my son, years down the line, would need to read anything [personal] about his mother or his father.” This is why it can be difficult to find any information on their relationship regarding parenting, but it’s obvious that they made this decision with the best intentions for their son in mind.
Tom can be found at all of his kids’ sports events cheering them on from the sidelines. Despite being a huge NFL star, he always makes it a priority to keep the attention on his children when it’s their time to shine. Moynahan had briefly touched on the subject in an interview, “There’s no reason why my son, years down the line, would need to read anything [personal] about his mother or his father.” This is why it can be difficult to find any information on their relationship regarding parenting, but it’s obvious that they made this decision with the best intentions for their son in mind.
Giving Life Lessons
Tom Brady discusses how losing before he had his children was something that would really eat away at him for a while. Now that he has kids, it’s been a lesson not only for him but a way to show them that losing is a part of reality and it’s okay. Brady said this about how he dealt with his super bowl loss after he had kids, “We don’t always win. We try our best and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we want.” As much as it was a disappointment for him to experience that loss, he pushed it aside and used it as an opportunity to teach his kids an important lesson.
While it can be hard parenting a child that stays with his mother over 200 miles away in New York, it’s clear that they make it a goal to always be there for him. Even if Jack is with his mother most of the time, it’s apparent he has a strong bond with his dad. We hope that Jack and Tom continue to strengthen their bond and continue being the great father-son duo that they are! Not even 200 miles can keep these two from being the best of buds.
Parenting Through Divorce
In October 2022, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen announced their divorce – after 13 years of marriage. The announcement came shortly after Brady returned to football, despite his previous retirement decision. Many speculate that Gisele wanted Tom home with the family and was disappointed that the athlete didn’t truly retire.
Brady has assured fans, “We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. We will continue co-parenting to give our children the love, care, and attention they greatly deserve.”
Overall, Tom Brady has proven himself to be a great dad, not only to his son Jack but also to his two other children. He makes it a point to take time to spend with them, support their interests, and be an overwhelmingly important figure in their lives. We cannot wait to see where his children go in life with the guidance of their families. Growing up in a household full of love and support is all they need to be as successful as their parents have been. We can’t wait to see what happens next with the Brady family!
Selena Quintanilla’s rise to fame was gradual, but once she gained a foothold, it seemed like she was going to be an unstoppable force in music. However, her life and career were brought to an abrupt end when she was killed by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, in 1995. The details of her life have been told and retold in the twenty years since her death, but there’s a lot all of those stories have left out for some reason or another. The hidden details are even more exciting. Was Selena hiding a massive secret when she died or was she simply a talent who was gone too soon? Let’s find out.
Selena Quintanilla may be one of the most successful Latina music artists of all time, but the path to stardom wasn’t an easy one.
When she first began to break through in the Tejano music market, many believed she would never gain a foothold as a woman. At the time, Tejano music, also known as Tex-Mex music, was dominated by male artists. No one could imagine that a woman would have any appeal, but boy were they wrong.
Under Papa’s Nose
In 1992, when Selena was only 21 years old, she eloped with her guitarist, Chris Perez. They had previously shown affection publicly, but were forced to make their relationship a secret when Selena’s father forbid them from seeing each other.
Instead, they decided to marry one another in secret. Selena believed that her father might be more accepting if they were married. The plan backfired after the media publicized their nuptials. Selena was subsequently estranged from her father for some time.
Stealing Away In The Night
In a scathing tell-all that was published several years after Selena’s death, her biographer revealed that there were some who believed Selena was planning on running away with her doctor when she died.
The claim stems from the fact that a suitcase was found in her hotel room that had been packed with all of her clothes alongside a work permit for Mexico. Though Ricardo Martinez maintains the two had a romantic relationship, Selena’s family considers the claim a lie.
Her Way Or The Highway
During her short time in the public eye, Selena not only built herself a music career, but was also building a career in fashion. Before her death, she owned several fashion boutiques around Texas.
However, it seems that her business practices weren’t always up to snuff. One of the allegations that emerged against her was that she would arbitrarily fire employees that she disliked for purely personal reasons. Some think this may have even contributed to her death.
From Queen To Queen
When Selena was just beginning her career, she met a young girl at a Houston show. Seeing such a confident star surely had an impact on the Texas native, who we now also know by only her first name: Beyonce.
Beyonce explained just how much of an impact Selena had on her when she was younger, adding that she was a little star struck to be meeting the performer, even before she was a mega star.
From Rags To Riches
One of the elements that made Selena’s story so inspirational to those who followed her career was that she came from humble beginnings. An economic downturn in the early 1980s left her family bankrupt when their restaurant failed.
As they worked to improve their fortune, Selena’s father would often only go to the grocery store at night because he didn’t want anyone to know that the family needed to rely on food stamps in order to eat.
After Selena’s death, her hometown of Corpus Christi in Texas wanted to name a street after the beloved singer. However, the city planners soon discovered there was a hitch in their plan.
One of the streets that intersected the road that would be named Selena was called “Yolanda.” That’s the same name as the woman who killed Selena. The government officials knew that plan would never work, which led to the initiative being dropped. However, she was commemorated in other ways.
Selena may be known for her Spanish-language music, but given that she was born and raised in Texas, her first language was actually English. When she first began singing Tejano music, she had to use phonetic spellings in order to pronounce the Spanish.
Though she did eventually learn to speak the language, she was very clearly speaking it as a second language. That didn’t change her popularity among the Latino population in America, however, as she also gained a foothold in Mexico too.
Selena And Scarlett
When the 1997 biopic about Selena first when into production, a search was launched across the country to find an actress with the skills to sell Selena onscreen.
Young hopefuls flocked to the audition, making the search for Selena the second best attended casting call of all time. When all was said and done, over 21,000 actresses had auditioned for the role. The only casting call that saw more actresses was the one for Scarlett O’Hara.
Throwing Til It Stuck
Yolanda Saldivar wasn’t just Selena’s murderer. She was also the president of the pop star’s fan club. Getting the official fan club off the ground wasn’t exactly an easy task, however, as Yolanda had to convince Selena’s father Abraham to accept her proposal.
It took roughly 15 calls from Saldivar before he relented on the fan club. She had ultimately convinced him that it would help her career to have an official fan club. In hindsight, maybe he should have remained firm.
Closing In Tight
After Salvidar’s push to create the official Selena fan club, the family didn’t seem to dig too deep into her past. Instead, she became close to the entire family, which led them to overlook the $9,000+ she had stolen from a previous employer.
Yolanda’s misdeeds wouldn’t end up being a one time slip up. Shortly before Yolanda killed the singer, the Quintanillas discovered that she’d embezzled nearly $30,000 from fans who had written in to receive official Selena merchandise.
More Than Finances
Dr. Ricardo Martinez began his rapport with Selena as a financial advisor, but quickly became a trusted ear she could rely on. In recent years, rumors have cropped up that allege Martinez as having acted in the capacity of a medical doctor to Selena as well.
His claims even go so far as to reveal that he may have performed liposuction on the star. At her young age, however, it’s highly possible that the rumor has no basis in the truth.
Just Like Madonna
While their music styles couldn’t have been more different, at the peak of her career, Selena was often called the Mexican Madonna. Much of the moniker came from the way Selena dressed for her concerts.
She would often make pieces herself by bedazzling regular lingerie with extra beads and sequins. In terms of the place they held within popular consciousness in their respective genres, both were equally influential. It’s Selena though, who may take the prize for the barriers she broke down.
Rotting On The Inside
By the time the Quintanillas realized that there was something seriously wrong with Yolanda, she was deeply embedded not just as a close friend to the family, but as a major player in their business ventures.
It wasn’t simply that they uncovered her wrongdoing. Apparently, Yolanda’s brother, Armando, was the first one to sound the alarm. He told the designer that worked on the line Selena sold in her boutiques about what his sister was up to before the info reached the Quintanillas.
The Eggs In Her Basket
Selena had a peculiar collection that was inspired by her fame. Much like the fallen Russian monarchy before her, she had a habit of collecting Faberge eggs. By the time she died, she had over 500 of the jeweled eggs in her collection.
These valued items weren’t pieces that she’d trot out only on special occasions. Selena kept them all on display in her living room. After her death, however, they were moved into a museum, displayed exactly how Selena had maintained them.
One Bathroom To Spare
While Selena’s family was in the depths of their poverty, there was a period of time when they were sharing their house with around 13 people total. While that might sound like a nightmare in itself, there was something that made it worse.
The house only had one bathroom for all of the residents to share. It was Selena and her siblings’ music career that finally set them back on track to being financially sound.
As the Quintanilla siblings began to find some semblance of success as a musical group, their father needed a way to facilitate their tours. They eventually earned enough money for him to buy a bus, which he was able to refit to become their tour bus.
Even after the renovations, however, the bus was far from a luxurious place to stay. Big Bertha, as they named the bus, had no heating or air conditioning, nor did they have running water or a bathroom.
Forever In Memory
Selena’s husband, Chris Perez, has continued to find that his late wife is bringing him nothing but heartache. Several years ago, he wrote a memoir as a tribute to the wife he lost so soon.
Perez wanted to turn his memoir into a TV show about Selena’s life, but instead, he ended up in a legal battle with her father. Despite appealing the first ruling, Perez lost both cases, as the Quintanillas own all media reproductions of Selena.
South Of The Border
Shortly before she died, Selena was in the final stages of closing on a house in Mexico. Though she had begun to spend a fair amount of time in the Mexican media as she became more famous, Selena’s connection with the country was more ancestral.
As her profile rose, however, it seemed she wanted to strengthen the ties to the country, especially as the number of Mexican fans she had grew. Her death put a wrench in those plans.
Oh My Jehovah
Mexico may be a Catholic nation, but somehow the Quintanilla family became Jehovah’s Witnesses at some point after arriving in the United States.
The young Selena was raised in the faith, which definitely affected the kind of music she chose to sing. At the same time, it was Selena and her siblings’ music career that was keeping food on their table, even though some saw the demands of the career as inappropriate for a girl as young as Selena was.
Selena chose to begin singing Tejano music at the suggestion of her father, who wanted her to show off her roots as she built her stage persona.
However, many of the Tejano music venues scattered about Texas refused to let the band play at all. Some cited the kids’ ages as the deciding factor, but given that Selena was their front woman, the entire Quintanilla family knew it was simply because they weren’t used to a woman singing that kind of music.
In 2006, Selena’s killer gave a rare interview from behind bars. She was further questioned on the dismissed rumors that Selena was pregnant when she shot her.
According to this friend-turned-killer, she had promised Selena she would “take this secret to the grave.” She added, “People that don’t want to know the personal life of Selena, and only care about the celebrity aspect, are not doing her any justice because she suffered a lot.”
Weight Of Expectation
While we assume that Selena was a happy star, according to her fan and killer, she was struggling. She said that fans did not know the same Selena as she did.
She saw a woman who was struggling with the weight of expectation on her shoulders, personally and professionally. “The public believes that Selena was always so happy and cheerful but she wasn’t,” she revealed. “I saw her cry.” The information was new to husband, Chris Perez.
Back in 1992, Selena married Chris Perez, the latest member of her band “Los Dinos.” It did not take long for the Tejano star and Perez to fall in love, despite disapproval from her father.
According to Chris, “the main reason for that was it kind of hurt his pride and his ego to find out that he was the last to know.” The worst part for Chris was when Selena’s father said that he was “like a cancer to his family.”
A Secret Wedding
Nevertheless, Selena Quintanilla and Chris Perez went ahead and married in a very personal and private ceremony.
Pictures were never released of the celebration and many would continuously speculate on what her wedding dress looked like or how the day was decorated… until now. Never before seen photos of the day have been released. One photo shows Selena walking down the aisle in her short white dress and another shows herself with her parents and her new husband.
Stay In School
To Selena, education was important. It was important to her to promote to her fans and the world that education is everything.
She was once quoted saying, “Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.” In November 1994, Selena introduced an educational video for students at Cunningham Middle School, in which she talks about the importance of staying in school.
Training With Soul
Abraham Quintanilla may have recognized Selena’s talent when she was as young as six, but that didn’t mean he could spare the change to pay for her performance training.
Selena’s inherent talent made her success even more impressive, but she did share that she picked up some of her moves from television. One of her favorite shows was Soul Train, which she used as an inspiration for much of her choreography in the early years of her performance career.
A Life In Hindsight
Selena’s life was well-preserved in the 1997 biopic that starred Jennifer Lopez in her first major acting role. However, more than 20 years later, Netflix is working on a new television show that details the story of Selena’s tragically short life with the help of her surviving family members.
In the meantime, a Mexican series was released in September 2018 that promised to reveal secrets about her life that had never been heard before. Her family, naturally, did not approve.