Selena and Yolanda documentary
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MIAMI - Most people would think that having a history of murdering your previous employer, especially if she was a beloved celebrity, would be a major hindrance to finding a similar job. However, Yolanda Saldívar, infamous for the tragic murder of Latin music queen Selena Quintanilla in 1995, appears undeterred by this being her case.

According to Latino media reports, Saldívar, who is up for parole in March 2025, has audaciously expressed a desire to work for another high-profile artist, naming Shakira as her ideal employer.

Apparently, this is not a joke, albeit a rather scary window into this convicted murderer's mind. If there is a name that produces chills among Latin music artists and fans, it is hers.

Yolanda Saldívar's ambitions

Saldívar, now 63, shared her ambitions in a recent interview, reportedly with the BBC, where she detailed her plans to reintegrate into society and resume her career. She has been in jail for almost 30 years after a jury of her peers found her guilty of killing Selena.

This revelation has unsurprisingly stirred up a whirlwind of reactions, particularly from fans who still mourn Selena's loss and fear a repeat of history.

Social media has been ablaze with discussions about Saldívar's aspirations. Many are appalled and concerned, questioning the safety and sanity of such a claim. The idea of Saldívar working closely with Shakira, or any major artist, feels like a plot twist straight out of a telenovela—one that fans hope will never come to fruition.

The ones that found the revelations hilarious suggested that Saldívar should aim her job search towards politicians. "There are many that need your 'services'," one Instagram user joked.

Yolanda's revised history

In 2024, a docuseries titled "Selena & Yolanda: The Secrets Between Them" brought renewed attention to the case. Saldívar continued to assert that the shooting was an accident and that her intentions were misunderstood. She claimed that she never intended to harm Selena and that the public deserves to know the full story.

As her parole date approaches, the debate over Saldívar's future intensifies. While some argue that she deserves a second chance after serving nearly 30 years in prison, others firmly believe that her crime was too severe to warrant early release. Saldívar's family has been managing her public communications, and in a recent letter to an entertainment show, she stated that she would not be giving further interviews until her legal matters are resolved.

Yolanda Saldívar's potential release and her desire to work for Shakira have thrown a fresh spotlight on an old wound. Whether Shakira would ever consider such an employment proposal remains highly doubtful, but Saldívar's bold ambition has certainly reignited public interest and controversy.

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