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Jennifer Lopez reveals origins of 'J.Lo' nickname

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During a commercial break on US show World of Dance on Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez explained where her now-famous nickname "J.Lo" came from.

In April of 2019, Business Insider reported that Lopez told the Chicago Tribune, in 2001, that “J.Lo” was a name her music fans gave her. However, according to Lopez's account on Tuesday, that wasn't quite true.

The revelation came about after Lopez asked fellow judge Ne-Yo, who was born Shaffer Chimere Smith, where his stage name came from.

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Ne-Yo explained, "I used to pride myself on how fast I could write a song. Producer friend of mine said, 'Man, you're like the Neo of the music industry.' Basically saying how, like, in the movie The Matrix."

Jennifer Lopez and Sean Puffy Combs arrive for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards September 7, 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by George DeSota/Liaison)
Jennifer Lopez and Sean Puffy Combs arrive for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards September 7, 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by George DeSota/Liaison)

Lopez then shared that her nickname came from rapper Heavy D.

"J.Lo came from Heavy D,” said Lopez. “The rapper. He would come into the studio when I was making my first album, and he would always call me Jenny Lo. And I was dating Puffy at the time, and so, Puffy and Jennifer Lo, or Jenny Lo, was showing up in records. Like, they were talking about us in records and stuff like that."

And since J.Lo and Ne-Yo kind of go together, Lopez thought it only made sense that she gave the third World of Dance judge, Derek Hough, his own nickname to match – D.Ho.

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez have reportedly retained JPMorgan Chase to raise capital for a possible bid for ownership of the New York Mets major league baseball team. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-11/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 2/24/19 Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, CA.
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez have reportedly retained JPMorgan Chase to raise capital for a possible bid for ownership of the New York Mets major league baseball team. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-11/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 2/24/19 Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, CA.

Lopez and her fiancé Alex Rodriguez are among the many couple who’ve had their wedding plans altered by the coronavirus.

Back in April, she shared that their big day had been a”little bit affected” due to the global pandemic.

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