Selena and Yolanda documentary
Latin Times/Courtesy Oxygen True Crime

MIAMI - "I knew her secrets, and I think the people deserve to know the truth." Those are the first words the public has heard from Yolanda Saldívar in many years. And starting Saturday, February 17, there will be plenty more. Selena Quintanilla's convicted killer has given hours of interviews to the producers of the true crime documentary "Selena & Yolanda: The Secrets Between Them."

The documentary features the first extensive English-language interview with Saldívar since her conviction 25 years ago, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the intricate relationship that ultimately culminated in tragedy.

The news about the documentary, which will be broadcast on the cable channel Oxygen True Crime, didn't sit well with Quintanilla's family or fans. Abraham Quintanilla Senior, Selena's dad, told TMZ he wants "absolutely nothing to do with Yolanda."

When asked if he is worried about anything Saldívar may have said in the interviews, Quintanilla added: "Everything she says is nothing but lies. No one's gonna believe what she has to say anyway."

Selena and Yolanda's history

Selena, a beloved figure in the Latin music world and beyond, was on the cusp of a major breakthrough in the English-language market at the time of her death in 1995. Her posthumously released album "Dreaming of You" soared to the top of the Billboard 200 charts, cementing her legacy as an artist who transcended cultural barriers.

The documentary aims to unravel the complexities of Selena's relationship with Yolanda Saldívar, who was not only the president of her fan club but also a close friend and confidante.

Yolanda Saldívar and Selena Quintanilla new Documentary
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Saldívar's role in Selena's life extended beyond fan club duties. She was deeply involved in Selena's business affairs, managing her boutiques and having access to financial accounts. However, tensions arose when allegations of financial mismanagement and embezzlement surfaced.

This strain reached a breaking point when Saldívar purchased a. 38 caliber handgun shortly after being confronted about embezzlement by Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla.

According to the documentary's press release, "Saldívar details her working relationship and friendship with Selena, and she's not alone. For the first time, members of Yolanda's family discuss the two women and share never-before-revealed documents and recordings in an effort to show there was more to the tragedy than the public knows."

Selena's fans are not having it

The reaction was as expected. Selena Quintanilla's fans are upset. While a few admitted being curious about Saldívar stories, most are surprised and indignant. "Who decided to give Yolanda a documentary?" asked one fan. "We remember," warned another one.

Here is a sample of the mood in social media:

The documentary will air in two parts on the Oxygen True Crime network. Yolanda Saldívar is up for parole next year.

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