Jennifer Lopez has confessed that she learned discipline at an early age. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the songstress gets candid about her family dynamic at home. Jennifer Lopez also opened about how her relationship with her mother prepared her for a future in the entertainment business.
The actress and singer said, “Listen, my mom was also a fun mom. My mom was also the mom who got me into musicals and introduced me to all kinds of music. I am an entertainer because of my mom.” Marry Me actress went on saying, “But I’m also able to survive the things I’ve survived in this business because my mom was tough. I don’t think she could realize what she was preparing me for, but she did.”
Despite her success, Lopez added that growing up the way she did in a small home in the Bronx with zero previous knowledge of the business has sometimes left her feeling like an ‘underdog.’ “I always feel like I was scraping from the bottom. Always. I always felt like I wasn’t the one that was supposed to be in the room,” the “Jenny from the Block” singer said. “That’s part of being Puerto Rican and from the Bronx and a woman.”
Jennifer Lopez added, “You know what I mean? All of that stuff. Not being born into a family with money. Not knowing anybody in the business. I just went out there and said, f*** it. I’m going to just try. I’m going to try to get in here.'” And she did indeed manage to earn her place in the industry, but Lopez said there is still a disconnect between where she is and where she wants to be.
On The Floor singer then continues, “It’s just 20, 25 years of people going, ‘Well, she’s not that great. She’s pretty and she makes cute music, but it’s not really this and that.” “You know, I think I’ve done some nice work over the years, some really nice work,” she said. “But there is a club that I just wasn’t a part of. And I always acted like, ‘Yeah, I’m good. I’m fine. I’m OK.'” She added, “But it hurts to not be included. I don’t know if I will ever be. There is an inner circle, like, ‘We are the great artists.’ And then there’s the pop artists.”