“I did actually meet Selena in the Galleria Mall in Houston, but I didn’t say much to her because I wasn’t a celebrity. I think listening to her album—even though I didn’t know exactly what she was saying—it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation. I think she is a legend. I admire her. She was so talented.”
She was named after Selena and explains how she’s been such a big influence in her life. “When I went into the studio to record they actually had her vocals in the booth that she was in, so I felt like she was singing right next to me. It gave me chills! It was incredible and it was a great experience and was a great song…it’s such an honor to be named after someone so amazing.”
Lopez credits the start of her career to Selena, whom she played in the music biopic “Selena.” “The impact that she had on my life, on my career…It was a great thing for her to be my mentor. And it was a great thing to have her teach me so much about how to navigate this business, but also how to navigate through life.”
Those that had the pleasure of meeting her knew that she loved people, loved music and loved life. She always had a smile on her face and was a trend-setter. She wasn’t a size 2 and had a big butt and her favorite food was pizza. Plus she had great outfits, many that she designed herself and that have inspired designers for many years. Her life might have been cut short, but she lives in the hearts of many and for many years to come.
Check out Jlo’s tribute to Selena: