Netflix’s Selena: The Series leaves viewers ‘crying within five minutes’ at scenes about real pop star murdered aged 24

NETFLIX viewers confessed they've been blubbing through the opening scenes of new show Selena: The Series.

The programme is based on the tragic real life story of Latina pop star Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who was murdered aged just 24.

Actress Christian Serratos plays the Mexican-American pop star on her journey to becoming one of the most successful female artists of all time before her death in 1995.

Viewers of the 10-show series needed only five minutes of the first episode to be touched by the performer's heartbreaking story.

One Netflix subscriber took to Twitter to confess: "I was 45 seconds into
@SelenaLaLeyenda … crying!!! #selenatheseries #SelenaNetflix."

Another echoed their feelings as they wrote: "I’m already crying 5 mins into the first episode of #SelenaTheSeries."


One then posted: "Me already crying with the Selena series and it just started 👉👈🥺 she's an icon😭❤."

Another touched telly fan revealed: "I stayed up until 2am center time to watch #SelenaTheSeries on @netflix and I’m already crying in the first 10 minutes 🥲🥲🌹🌹 #SelenaNetflix."

An even more emotional viewer posted: "IM NOT EVEN A MINUTE INTO #selenatheseries WHY AM I CRYING?!?! 😭💜."

One Twitter user replied to her: "It’s the music 😭," as she typed back: "IT IS! So glad they’re using Selena’s voice!! 😭💜."


Selena: The Series is produced by This is Us’ Don Todd and Selena’s family. 

The series tells the story of the influential musician’s career, from her days singing small gigs performing with her siblings in their father Abraham Quintanilla’s Tex-Mex restaurant, to selling out huge concert arenas. 

Born in 1971 in Texas, Selena became known as the Queen of Tejano Music – a genre of music that combined Mexican and Texan influences.

When her dad lost his restaurant and their home, the family formed a band called Selena y Los Dinos. 


After securing a host of music awards when her career to flight, just a few weeks before her 24th birthday, the singer was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar – the president of her fan club and the manager of two of her boutiques – on 31st March 1995. 

Selena’s father Abraham had discovered that Saldívar had embezzled over $60,000 from the fan club and the boutiques through forged cheques. 

After hearing the shouting, a shot was heard ring out before Selena ran into the lobby suffering from a bullet wound. 

Although the young star was rushed to hospital, the gunshot proved fatal.


It took 10 hours before police were able to arrest Saldívar, who was sitting in her pickup truck in the motel carpark in a tense stand-off. 

The former friend of Selena was found guilty of first-degree murder in October 1995, and sentenced to life in prison. 

Yolanda Saldívar is currently incarcerated at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville and will become eligible for parole in March 2025.

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