Who is Vanessa Villanueva?
Vanessa Villanueva was born in 1987 in the United States of America, and is an actress, but perhaps better known for being the estranged wife of guitarist Chris Perez who was a member of the band Selena y Los Dinos. His popularity rose with the band and his association with the frontwoman of the group, Selena. After his separation from Vanessa, she started focusing on acting endeavors.
The Net Worth of Vanessa Villanueva
How rich is Vanessa Villanueva? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $100,000, earned through a successful career in acting. Her wealth has also been elevated through her husband’s success, as Chris has an estimated net worth at $1.2 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Before Fame – Early Life
Prior to finding any sort of attention, Vanessa’s early life, education and her childhood, remained out of the spotlight. Around this time, it was Chris Perez who was rising in fame as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the band Selena y Los Dinos. He was a reputed musician thanks to his skills with the guitar which led him to join Selena’s band. After two years of performing together, the two started a relationship, but there were complications with their relationship initially, mainly due to Selena’s father who disapproved of them being together. Later on, however, he accepted him and approved of their relationship. Their fame grew over their years together, however, tragedy struck in 1995 when Selena was killed by her former manager Yolanda Saldivar, which devastated Chris who fell into a spiral of alcohol and drug addiction. Despite that, he remained close to Selena’s family, and after rising out of his situation, he was introduced to Vanessa through his friend John Garza. The two started dating, which lead to marriage in 2001. Around this time he also formed his own band, called The Chris Perez Band, leading to their first music release. The success of her husband elevated their net worth significantly.
Marriage, Family, Divorce, and Aftermath
During their time together, Perez released his first album with his band entitled “Resurrection”, which earned a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. He then worked on their second album entitled “Una Noche Mas”, but the group disbanded soon afterwards. Their marriage was apparently going well, with the couple having two children before deciding to divorce in 2008. Many speculated that despite his love for Vanessa, he could never really let go of his relationship with Selena, who was taken from him abruptly; she also understood that she would never have the same level of relationship the two had during their time together.
This became further evident with Chris’s later work, as he began playing with the groups Kumbia Kings and Kumbia All Starz, but left these groups after a short while before creating the Chris Perez Project, which aims to promote the music of his late lover. In 2012 he released a book detailing his relationship with Selena, entitled “To Selena, with Love”, which on release gained a lot of positive reception from both fans and critics.
While most ex-wives of celebrities usually fade away from popularity, and live out of the media spotlight, Vanessa did something different as she started pursuing another career path, going into the entertainment industry and trying her hand at acting. One of her first projects was released in 2011 entitled “Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns”, starring George Thomas and David Heavener, directed by Marv Z Silverman, telling the story of a ‘what if’ scenario – in the film, Elvis Presley didn’t really die but was transported to another galaxy, eventually returning but not wanting to let anyone know who he really is, however, he enters an Elvis impersonator contest and there an adventure begins. It is an independent film, but the opportunity helped with Vanessa’s net worth.
Four years later, she worked on the pilot episode for the series “Forgotten Memories”, starring Rafael Cardenas, Isaiah Andalon, and Jose Alvarez Jr. However, the show wasn’t picked up, and it ended after the pilot. She did not take on any other acting opportunities after this, and many speculate that after not finding any breakthrough in acting, decided to pursue other endeavors.
Personal Life and Social Media
Aside from her marriage and divorce to Chris Perez, not much is known about Villanueva’s romantic relationships, including currently, though the lack of confirmation is mainly due to the fact that she doesn’t appear as much in the media anymore. One of the reasons why there is very little information about her past and present endeavors is due to a lack of online presence – she doesn’t have any accounts on social media websites such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
There are numerous other accounts that share the same name, but show a different person unrelated to her. There are travelers, bloggers, real estate agents and the like who also have the same name, but nothing regarding her current state. Her ex-husband on the other hand remains a public figure and is very active online. He is mostly promoting his music, wanting to ensure that the legacy of Selena is kept alive.