Jennifer Lopez covers Harper’s BAZAAR‘s February issue and opens up about her family, love life and three decades in the business.
Beginning in the early 1990s, J.Lo’s career has involved everything from eight studio albums to a New York Times best-selling book. The former American Idol judged admitted that she struggled with the backlash received for being successful in so many aspects of the entertainment industry. “I think sometimes people try to make you feel like you’re a fraud,” she said. “And maybe you’re afraid you’re one too. Then finally you go, ‘Wait, I’m not lying. I’ve been doing this a long time. This is not a mistake. I worked hard to be here.’ And you know what? Congratulations to myself. Not in an arrogant way, by any means. It’s like, ‘You’re doing good, baby. Give yourself a break.’”
Lopez’s latest venture is the lead in the film Second Act about a woman trying to improve her corporate career despite not having a college degree. For the soundtrack she recorded the Sia-written song “Limitless” and directed daughter, Emme, in the accompanying music video.
“Emme represents that little girl in all of us,” said Lopez. “The minute you are born a woman, it’s an uphill battle.”
The 49-year-old went on to say the video “was the most beautiful experience on set” in her life. “I was terrified to have her do it because I don’t want to push her. But it turned into a really great bonding experience for both of us. I don’t know if she’ll follow in my footsteps, but she definitely has the genes. She’s a natural. Some people, you put them out there and you can just tell. She’s a little me.”
Lopez also discussed her high-profile relationship with retired baseball player Alex Rodriguez, citing self-love as the first step to a happy relationship.
“For me, the relationship journey has been very up and down. But it didn’t have to do with anybody else but me — it was about me figuring out me. Until you learn to love yourself, you can’t completely love [someone else] in a way that is pure and true. Once you do that, you can have relationships that are based on love and respect, that are supportive and nourishing. There’s an evolution there that had to happen for me. I feel like I’m in a better place now.”
Check out the “Limitless” video and full cover below: