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05/02/2016 05:42 pm ET

What Happened When Selena Gomez Met Selena Quintanilla's Family

Plus, other things she's done to connect with her namesake over the years.
Selena Gomez met Selena Quintanilla's family, and it was "super emotional."
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Selena Gomez met Selena Quintanilla's family, and it was "super emotional."

It's no secret that Selena Gomez was named after Tejano legend Selena Quintanilla. And it seems like the "Hands To Myself" singer has made a point to further her connection with the slain icon over the years. 

Gomez spoke to Doug Lazy of Sacramento's NOW 100.5 on Friday and explained the story of how she ended up being named after fellow Texas star Selena Quintanilla. 

"My dad and mom were huge fans," said Gomez, who was born just a few years before the icon's death. "My name was going to be Priscilla, but my cousin actually took the name when she was born six months before me. They actually loved [Selena's] music, so they just named me after her."

Gomez said she's made an effort over the years to connect even more with her namesake. 

"I grew up and I went to her grave, I got to go to her house," she said. "It was really crazy. And then when I started working, I remember I got to meet her family and I just got super emotional cause it's so crazy to see how far everything . . . I don't know, like where she'd be right now. It's nuts."

It's been 21 years since Quintanilla was murdered. At the time she was preparing to release her first English-language studio album. Although it's been over two decades since her tragic death, Quintanilla's impact on Latinos in the U.S. hasn't diminished overtime, and in October, MAC cosmetics is scheduled to release a makeup line in her honor. 

Listen to the full conversation between Lazy and Gomez here

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