Jennifer Lopez has opened up about her marriage to Marc Anthony, admitting she knew ‘very quickly’ that it ‘wasn’t the right thing’.
The couple started dating after J-Lo’s split from Ben Affleck in early 2004 and wed in June that year. They separated in 2011, before finalising their divorce in 2014.
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The two have twins together - son Maximilian David and daughter Emme Maribel, born in 2008.
Opening up about her personal life in W magazine, Jennifer said: “I’ve been in the grind and the game for a long time. At a certain point, people respect you when they see you fall down and get back up.
“The more you’re in this life, the more they celebrate your triumphs. When it comes to work, I never get tired. But with personal failures, I have thought, ‘This is too hard’.”
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Referencing her relationship with singer Marc Anthony, she admitted: “When my marriage ended, it was not easy to find forgiveness. It wasn’t the dream that I had hoped for, and it would have been easier to fan the flames of resentment, disappointment and anger.
“But Marc is the father of my children, and that’s never going away. So I have to work to make things right. And that is, by far, the hardest work I do.”
She added: “I hung in there for seven years. I knew very quickly that it wasn’t the right thing.”
Jennifer is now dating on-off boyfriend Casper Smart, and revealed that she still thinks about ‘getting married and having that long life with someone’.
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She said: “I love the movie The Notebook. A dream of mine is to grow old with someone.”
J-Lo also spoke about being respected in the industry, explaining: “People may now think I’m ‘nice,’ but they still act surprised when I’m smart. It’s a man’s world, and truly, people in a business setting do not value a woman as much as a man.
“I feel like I’m constantly having to prove myself. If a man does one thing well, people immediately say he’s a genius. Women have to do something remarkable over and over and over.”