This month marks the 20-year anniversary of the death of legendary Mexican-American singer Selena. Noticiero Telemundo anchor and Al Rojo Vivo host María Celeste Arrarás released Tuesday a new edition of her original book, “Selena’s Secret: The Revealing Story Behind Her Tragic Death,” an account of the months leading up to the Tejano music singer’s death and the highly publicized murder trial that followed.
The Emmy-Award winning journalist covered the murder and trial extensively over two decades ago and got an exclusive interview with Selena’s murderer, Yolanda Saldívar. This research propelled her to releasing the original book and now an updated version.
This edition is being released in English and Spanish with a new foreword and afterword, as well as updated biographies of the book’s protagonist and a new declaration from the doctor that was romantically linked to Selena. It was also be available on e-books.
Arrarás told NBCNews.com that this new book validates what her original book stated and brings to light more information and testimonies about the secret from people close to Selena’s circle.
When the original book was published 18 years ago in 1997, it caused controversy among Selena fans and her family. The father of the singer, Abraham Quintanilla, publicly voiced his opinion against the book.
Quintanilla said the book demeaned his daughter’s image and portrayed him as a money-hungry control freak in an interview in 1997 with the NY Daily News.
“I think Selena’s father was trying to maintain control with anything that had to do with Selena,” said Arrarás. “As a father he has that right to protect her estate, but as a journalist, I am allowed to publish books as the product of my investigation, so I don’t take it personally because I understand why he does it.”
The Puerto-Rican journalist said she wrote the book respectfully, keeping Selena’s legacy in mind, as she is a fan of the singer herself.
“She (Selena) embodied the American Dream and just when she reached her goal and was about to enjoy the product of her life efforts, she was killed. Everybody in the Hispanic community adopted her and her memory as their own,” said Arrarás.
All proceeds of the book go to a scholarship fund for young people interested in becoming fashion designers.
“I thought this scholarship fund was appropriate because it related to Selena and her dream of becoming a fashion designer,” said Arrarás.