Jovan Arriaga — What We Know About Selena's Nephew and Suzette Quintanilla's Son

Titi Dokubo
Jul 09, 2022
09:40 P.M.

Suzette Quintanilla's son, Jovan Arriaga, is her only child. His mother is a well-known pop singer and drummer, and he strongly resembles his late aunt, singer Selena. Here are all the details we could find about him.


Jovan Arriaga is the son of Bill Arriaga and Suzette Quintanilla, and he was born five years after his parents married. His parents dated for years before they married in 1993.

Suzette Quintanilla says her son has her sister Selena Quintanilla's smile. Jovan prefers to stay out of the public eye, and his Instagram account is private. However, here is what we know about him and his family.



"Selena: The Series," which first premiered on December 4, 2020, on Netflix, tells the story of Tejano singer Selena's rise to stardom and the sacrifices she and her family had to make along the way.

In the eighth episode, viewers saw Suzette and Bill's love story. Suzette was played by Noemi Gonzalez, while Christian Escobar played Bill.

The couple got married in 1993 but did not welcome their only child and son, Jovan, until five years later. While Jovan never got to meet his mother's sister, Suzette once shared how much he reminds her of Selena as they smile alike in a social media post.

Bill Arriaga, Suzette Quintanilla, and Jovan Arriaga at the media welcome for the world premiere of MAC Selena on September 29, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Bill Arriaga, Suzette Quintanilla, and Jovan Arriaga at the media welcome for the world premiere of MAC Selena on September 29, 2016 | Source: Getty Images



Suzette hasn't publicly spoken of her husband Bill in interviews, but she often shares pictures of him on her Instagram account. According to the series, when they first met, there was some awkwardness, but sparks flew, and their friendship soon blossomed into love.

Jovan's mother was not just Selena's sister and drummer, but they were also best friends. In "Selena: The Series," it was obvious that they shared a deep bond that was based on their love of music, laughter, and fun.

Bill Arriaga and Suzette Quintanilla at the world premiere of MAC Selena on September 30, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Bill Arriaga and Suzette Quintanilla at the world premiere of MAC Selena on September 30, 2016 | Source: Getty Images


Selena, the "Queen of Tejano music," was born in Texas on April 16, 1971, and died on March 31, 1995. She was at the height of her career at the time of her passing and was in the process of recording "Dreaming of You," her first English album.


"By the time I leave this world, I will accomplish what she started."

She also wanted to expand Selena Etc., her Texas-based store chain with in-house salons, where she sold her signature clothing and jewelry. Yolanda Saldívar managed the business and was also the president of the singer's fan club as well as her trusted confidante.


Soon, Selena's employees complained that Yolanda was unstable and two-faced. When Selena appeared slow to act, they complained to her father and business manager, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., who warned Selena that Yolanda could be dangerous.

In early March 1995, the boutique employees informed Selena and her family that Yolanda was embezzling funds from the business. Yolanda denied the accusations and claimed that she had documents that would absolve her but failed to produce them.


Selena's father forbade Yolanda from speaking to his daughter, but Selena kept her close, as Yolanda had her sensitive financial records. On March 30, 1995, Yolanda asked Selena to pick up the documents alone at a Days Inn Motel.

Initially, Selena went with her husband, Chris Pérez, and Yolanda failed to produce the documents. The following morning, Selena went alone and demanded Yolanda hand over the papers.


When things got out of hand and Selena tried to leave, Yolanda shot her in the right shoulder. Selena ran into the lobby, where she collapsed and was rushed to Memorial Medical Center.

On arrival at the hospital, doctors found that she was clinically brain dead as her subclavian artery had been severed during the shooting. Selena was pronounced dead after nearly an hour of futile attempts to resuscitate her.



After Selena's death, Suzette quit her drumming career but kept her sister's legacy alive. She was one of the executive producers of the Netflix biopic.

Suzette also handles licensing requests for her sister's image, most notably MAC's best-selling cosmetics collections inspired by the singer's memorable flair for makeup.


Suzette sees the collaboration as a natural extension of Selena's interest in cosmetics. She said:

"When Selena passed away, one of the three things she was working on was her clothing line, a makeup line, and a perfume line. I promised myself that by the time I leave this world, I will accomplish what she started, what she held dear to her heart."

Suzette has also organized and attended various Selena tribute concerts, such as the 2005 Selena ¡VIVE!, when the band members of Los Dinos reunited publicly for the first time since the singer's death.

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