What is Chris Pérez’s ex-wife Vanessa Villanueva doing today?

April 18, 2024
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Who is Vanessa Villanueva?

Vanessa Villanueva is an American retired actress and celebrity, possibly best known as the ex-wife of famous Mexican-American guitarist Chris Perez.

What is Vanessa Villanueva doing today?

After marrying Chris, Vanessa enjoyed fame during their marriage, and after the divorce, she launched an acting career. However, she didn’t have much success, and has since retired from the entertainment scene. She is now enjoying an apparently blissful life with her second husband, Henry Soliz, whom she married in 2018. The duo resides in Portland, and Vanessa isn’t interested in making public appearances, and doesn’t even have social media accounts. Although she’s left public life, she’s not jobless as she’s the owner of the company V’s Day Spa, a nail shop that also features a private spa.

Vanessa Villanueva Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Vanessa Villanueva was born in 1971 in Corpus Christi, Texas USA, to parents who are Mexican immigrants, who moved to the US before their daughter’s birth. Vanessa hasn’t talked much about her family, and even her exact date of birth is a mystery. There is no clear information about her educational background either, but according to sources, after high school matriculation, she enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, but there is no further information about her studies, such as the subject and whether she obtained a degree or not.


Vanessa worked as a unit electrician on the action-comedy adventure film “Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns”, written and directed by Marv Z. Silverman, and starring George Thomas, David Heavener and Lauren-Elaine Powell.


The low-budget film sparked mixed reviews, and Vanessa stated that she had fun working on it. Four years later, she returned to the entertainment industry as Gaby Valdez in the TV series “Forgotten Memories”. This was her first and only on-screen appearance, and since then has been away from public life.

Net Worth

As of early 2022, Vanessa Villanueva’s net worth has been estimated to be around $100,000, earned through her involvement in two films, but also through spousal support she has received following her divorce from Chris Perez.

Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Children

Vanessa and Chris met through mutual friend John Garza in 1997.

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At the time, Chris was battling his personal demons, following the death of his first wife, Selena Quintanilla. With Vanessa’s help, he overcame depression and alcohol abuse after the two started dating in 1998. Three years later, Vanessa and Chris married on 26 October 2001 – their first child, a daughter named Cassandra Gabrielle ‘Cassie’ was born on 23 December 1998, and they welcomed their second child, son Noah Perez on 5 April 2005. Following their divorce, both children remained with their mother, while Cassie also spent a lot of time with her father, and is now a Medical Aesthetician at Massage Envy. Noah was unfortunately born with Downs syndrome, and is spending his life under his mother’s supervision.


During their marriage, Chris still grieved over Selena’s premature death and depressive thoughts still haunted him, which hindered his life, including marriage with Vanessa. Vanessa and Chris divorced after seven years of marriage, first attending counselling with thought of not ending things ,but eventually filed for divorce. Vanessa has since continued with her life, and in 2010 met Henry Soliz – the two started dating in 2012, to marry only in 2018.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Vanessa has black hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m), weighs approximately 120lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 34-24-35, bra size 32B.

Vanessa Villanueva’s Ex-Husband Chris Perez Biography

Christopher Gilbert Perez was born on 14 August 1969, in San Antonio, Texas USA. He is the son of a computer programmer, Gilbert Perez, while his mother Carmen Medina was a housewife. Of Mexican-American ancestry, he is one of two children, and spent his childhood in his hometown. His parents divorced in 1974, and his mother remarried in 1978, butand despite that, he had contact with both parents. While in middle school he joined the school’s concert band playing French horn, and later turned to electric guitar, though his mother objected as she didn’t want him in rock ‘n’ roll due to the negative stereotypes.


However, as he got older he completely fell in love with heavy metal and rock music, listening to such acts as Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Van Halen, Kiss, and Ozzy Osbourne, among others.

However, before becoming a rock guitarist, Chris earned a name for himself in Tejano music, which came in the mid- ‘80s when he joined Shelly Lares’ band. Although he hated the Tejano music, he joined the band as he was offered good payment, but still kept alive the dream of a rock band. After a few years with Shelly, he was noticed by other Tejano bands, including Selena and Los Dinos, which he joined in 1989 after lead guitarist Roger Garcia left the music world following his marriage.


He worked on five albums with Selena and the band, including “Ven Conmigo” (1990), “Entre a Mi Mundo” (1992), “Amor Prohibido” (1994), and “Dreaming of You”, which was released following Selena’s death on 18 July 1995.

In addition, Chris worked with several other musicians, including Kumbia Kings, which featured numerous artists of Tejano music, including Selena’s brother Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III, Jason ‘DJ Kane’ Cano, Cruz ‘CK’ Martinez, and many others, with whom he worked on several albums, including the live album “Kumbia Kings Live” (2006).  Moreover, he was the frontman of his own Chris Perez Band, with which he released two studio albums – “Resurrection” (1999) and “Una Noche Mas” (2002).


While a member of Selena and Los Dinos, he developed an affection for Selena, and after a vacation in Acapulco, they realized their feelings for each other.

At first, they kept their romance a secret in fear of Selena’s brother and father, who probably wouldn’t approve of their relationship. Ultimately, they married in 1992 after having many problems with Selena’s family, including Chris being forced out of the band. They didn’t have children, and after her death, he published the book about their relationship, entitled “To Selena, With Love” (2012). According to sources, Chris Perez’s net worth has been estimated to be around $1 million as of early 2022, earned through his music career.

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