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There aren’t too many entertainers in Hollywood who can flit between genres and roles so easily. Jennifer Lopez, though, is someone who has done so with relative ease. After almost three decades in Hollywood, it’s safe to say Jenny from the block isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Jennifer Lopez is an exceptional singer, and has also managed to star in some blockbuster movies, and continues to do so even now.
While there are several singers who have dabbled in Hollywood, for example, Harry Styles, no one has been as successful as Jennifer Lopez in both fields. Theirs is plenty about the popular and loved JLo that people still don’t know about, and we’re here to tell you all about her!
Jennifer Lopez has been working as a professional entertainer for over 25 years. In addition to being a singer, dancer, and actress, she is a fashion designer, television producer, and businesswoman. She has a clothing line and a range of perfumes. Currently, she has a makeup line. Lopez also made $12 million per year as a guest judge on American Idol. Her total net worth is $400 million, which makes perfect sense! Her career continues to be smooth sailing and undoubtedly, her net worth is bound to increase in the coming years.
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on the 24th of July, 1969 in New York City, which makes her 53 years of age as of today, although she doesn’t look a day over 30! She belongs to a Roman Catholic family and had a strict upbringing along with her two sisters and parents. The Lopez family often encouraged their children to sing and dance, and at a young age, JLo began taking dance classes and perfecting the art. She made her acting debut at the age of 16 in the 1986 movie, My Little Girl. Her early career consisted mainly of small acting roles and dance performances, and she became the first Latina actress to reach $1 million.
Her music career didn’t launch until 1999, and she became the first woman to have a number-one film and album simultaneously. Since then, she has collaborated with several artists on her musical journey and worked alongside many famous actors and actresses on her acting journey. Lopez truly has been an inspiration for anyone who thinks they have to choose between one career path when they can definitely do both, and be incredibly good at it too!
Jennifer Lopez’s dating history is a long and fascinating one. At the beginning of her career, she was in a relationship with David Cruz, her high school boyfriend, for almost ten years. Following their break-up in the mid-1990s, Lopez married her first husband, Ojani Noa, a waiter from Cuba. They were married from February 1997 to January 1998. After her divorce, Lopez was in a relationship on and off with Sean Combs, the record producer, and rapper, also known as Puff Daddy at the time. Upon ending things in 2001, Lopez married her former backup dancer, Cris Judd, but the two divorced in June 2002.
From mid-2002 to early 2004, Lopez was in a relationship with actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck. They had met several times, but they got to know each other while filming Gigli in late 2001/early 2002. He inspired her album This Is Me… Then, the album is dedicated to him. Affleck proposed to Lopez in November 2002, and they were set to marry in September 2003, but the wedding was postponed and their engagement ended in January 2004.
Less than five months after breaking off her engagement to Affleck, Lopez married Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony in June 2004. They co-starred in the film El Cantante and collaborated on music and performances. In February 2008, Lopez gave birth to fraternal twins, Maximilian David, and Emme Maribel. Sadly, Lopez and Anthony separated in 2011, and their divorce was finalized in 2014.
From October 2011 to August 2016, Lopez dated another of her former backup dancers, Casper Smart. In February 2017, she began dating former New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez. They became engaged in March 2019, but they had to postpone their wedding twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They announced their split in April 2021.
Finally, in April 2021, it was reported that Lopez and Affleck were back together again, and she confirmed their relationship that July. They announced their second engagement on April 8, 2022, twenty years after their first engagement. They were married on July 16, 2022, in Las Vegas.
Lopez is the daughter of David López and Guadalupe Rodriguez. Her father worked as a computer technician at Guardian Insurance Company, while her mother was a homemaker, teacher, and Tupperware saleswoman. Both of her parents were born in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United States as children.
Lopez has an older sister, Leslie, and a younger sister, Lynda, who happens to be famous in her own right. Lynda is a journalist and author who has worked in both radio and television. In 2001, she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning News Program.
Lopez shares two children with her third husband, Marc Anthony. They are twins, a boy, and a girl, named Maximillian David and Emme Maribel. They were born on February 22, 2008. According to Lopez, both children have inherited their parents’ singing abilities. Lopez has shown them off on social media several times if you want to take a listen!
Jennifer Lopez has certainly solidified her status as a pop culture icon, and she has continued to entertain us through the years. Next up, the action-comedy film Shotgun Wedding, co-starring Jennifer Coolidge, and Josh Duhamel will be released on Amazon Prime Video on January 27, 2023. If you’d like to expand your musical horizons, check out Lopez’s Spanish-language album, Como ama una mujer. Additionally, two of our favorite films of hers are Selena, a biopic about the life and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla, and The Wedding Planner, opposite Matthew McConaughey.