“The grace with which she did business, the grace with which she ran her life, the humor,” Lopez recalled on Billboard on the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death. “Loving her spirit for what she’s done. Her sense of family. This is the tragedy of everything that happened and why she made such an impression – because she was gone way too early.”

Lopez’s third husband, Marc Anthonyactually knew Selena well.

“We were friends and colleagues, we started our careers at the same time,” he recalled, according to Pulso Pop, to reporters in Miami in 2015. “We were both born here [in the U.S.]. At first we struggled with our Spanish and learned to speak it together. “

Anthony added, “I had an incredible love for her. I think Selena shines because of the way she has managed her life, her talent, her career. The way she represents us … It is important for people to remember her as this character over and over again. Many doors have opened the way she managed to open them in the market where a US citizen makes a living from Spanish and traditional music her country. To this day we are still feeling the effects. You know? That’s why for me. It’s an honor to say that I saw her as a friend. “