Jennifer Lopez may be “Jenny From the Block,” but the multi-millionaire pop star and force of nature admitted in a recent interview that she was once homeless.
In an emotional interview with W Magazine that took place outside her childhood home in the Bronx, the former American Idol judge talked about the horrible last memory from that very house.
“The last time I was in there was when my mom and dad called us home to tell us that they were separating after 33 years of marriage. I think that’s why I was nervous about coming here today. It’s like seeing someone from the past — you’re afraid to run into them because you never know if it’s going to be ‘wow’ or very difficult. This is a combination of both.”
After that, Jennifer and her mother butted heads over whether she should go to college. Having gone to Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to study Ballet Hispanico, Jennifer wanted to try dancing full time.
“So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do.'”
Only a month later, the “Live It Up” singer landed a gig dancing in Europe. When she returned, she booked In Living Color as a Fly Girl, moved to LA, and the rest (as they say) is history.
While the mom to 5-year-old twins, Max and Emme, certainly showers them with the finer things in life — including sending them to a super expensive private school — Jennifer said she hopes to pass on her tremendous work ethic.
“I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard,” Jennifer said. “I’ve learned something about kids — they don’t do what you say; they do what you do. I watched my parents. I was aware of how much [they were] doing for us. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down. I had a natural discipline from early on.”
Source: W Magazine