J Lo is on the cover of Glamour Magazine and inside talks about her personal life, evolving, and her new album Love? Perhaps this time around she will make some decent music…
Interview and more images below:
GLAMOUR: Does this year feel like a return to the public?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: It does. It’s funny—I don’t feel like I’ve been anywhere, except kind of on maternity leave. It’s been great, and I definitely feel renewed vigor for my career.
GLAMOUR: Did you plan on two years at home?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: I didn’t. In my mind I first felt like, Oh, I’ll be back to work right after the babies are born. But then you don’t want to. Even now, it’s very difficult for me to leave them in the morning. It just tortures me. I’m like, It’s been hours; are they wondering where I am? Do they know that I love them so much and I’m thinking only about them?
GLAMOUR: Is Marc the kind of dad you imagined he’d be?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: He’s a passionate person, and he’s the same way with his kids, and I love it. When it comes to all his kids [including a daughter and sons from previous relationships], he’s mush, whatever they want.
GLAMOUR: Are you the stricter one?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: I’m the one who keeps everybody on schedule, like, Got to go to bed at this time, got to eat something…. I was talking about this with somebody—they asked, “Do you still love working?” I said, “I just do it quicker.” There’s no “Go to the studio, have dinner, sit there.” I don’t have all the time in the world anymore.
GLAMOUR: Right. Did it change your workout routine? Did you give yourself time to get back into shape?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: I did the triathlon six months after the babies were born, and part of that was about giving myself a goal. Maybe it was an emotional thing: Like, that tiger’s still in there. But it takes a year [after pregnancy]. You’re not going to get slim in six weeks. For me, it’s been back and forth. Now, two years later, I feel really back to normal.
GLAMOUR: This has been such an inspiring time politically for Latinas, with the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Have you met her?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: We have. We actually had a dinner for her here at the house.
GLAMOUR: Wow. When she got confirmed?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: Yes. It was so inspirational what she accomplished. My mom and sister were in Atlantic City with us on the [day she was confirmed]. Marc was still in bed, and he goes, “It’s happening. She’s on the TV. She’s getting sworn in.” And she was standing there with her mom. I will never forget this moment: We all stopped and looked, and we all started crying. You just felt it. It was such a huge accomplishment to be the first Latina, to be from the Bronx, to be everything that she is. So we thought we had to do something nice and invited her over. And I told her, “Just know that you make me want to be better. You make people realize that with hard work, living a good life, you can do anything. You will be rewarded for that.”
GLAMOUR: As a mom, you’re a role model for your kids. What do you want to tell Max about love and how to treat women?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: I think about it a lot. I want to teach him respect and appreciation for women by being a great woman.
GLAMOUR: What will you tell Emme about love?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: I was talking about it with one of my girlfriends—the day our daughters come to us at 19 years old saying, “I want to get married.” And we know for damn sure that that’s not a good idea. Sometimes [Emme] is going to make mistakes, and she’s going to have to live through that, just like I did. I know my mother suffered with me through many things. I’m just going to be suffering on the sidelines.
GLAMOUR: Your new album is titled Love? Why the question mark?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: For me, love is the never-ending question. It is confusing. It is the answer, but it is also inundated with contradictions and complications. It’s about years of experience in different relationships, and kind of the culmination of that, and how even to this day, I’m still learning.