Jennifer Lopez is gracing the cover of W Magazine’s August issue. Inside, she revisits her hometown and discusses life with her twins, her boyfriend, Casper Smart, and her mother, as well as her sizzling singling career.
“I was nervous coming here today. The last time I was in there was when my mom and dad called us home to tell us they were separating after 33 years of marriage. I think that’s why I was nervous about coming here today,” she says.
“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.”
Although her mother has been her mentor and her business partner, she says their relationship has hit rocky points.”My mom and I butted heads. I didn’t want to go to college — I wanted to try dance full-time. I was homeless,” she explains.
“But I told her ‘This is what I have to do.’ I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I’ve learned something about kids — they don’t do what you say; they do what you do. I watched my parents.”