Jennifer Lopez just wrapped up her judging duties on American Idol and she will soon return to her Las Vegas residency. The singer is also the May 2016 cover star of W magazine. On the cover which was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, JLo is wearing CHANEL and a VAN CLEEF & ARPELS ring. Minimal make-up and straight tresses topped off her look. In the issue she talks life in the business, having a lot of fame, boyfriend Casper Smart and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see her fashion spread. For more on JLo's feature, visit Wmagazine.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.
Chanel tunic; Chanel Fine Jewelry watch.
'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. 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 [8-year-old twins], 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.'
On having a lot of fame:
'It’s been like that since Selena. I never thought about fame until then. After that film, I would have panic attacks. I remember walking down the street, and someone yelled, ‘Jennifer!’ and I didn’t know who it was. I ran home. From that point forward, I realized I couldn’t be alone in public. I don’t think I’ve been alone on the street in over 20 years.'
On dating musicians, her marriage to Marc Anthony & boyfriend Casper Smart:
'Musicians are too self-absorbed. They are too concerned with themselves to be great in bed. I hung in there for seven years. I knew very quickly that it wasn’t the right thing. We got together and broke up and are now together again. I still think about getting married and having that long life with someone. I love the movie The Notebook. A dream of mine is to grow old with someone.'
On what people think of her:
'It has been easier. 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. And, even then, they get questions about their love life. People underestimate me. They always have, and maybe that’s for the best. It’s fun to prove them wrong.'
Belstaff sweater; Kiki de Montparnasse bralette and boy shorts; Chanel Fine Jewelry watch.
Rochas gown; Ippolita earrings; Faraone Mennella bracelet.
Fendi pullover; Chanel Fine Jewelry watch; Falke socks.
Michael Kors Collection dress.
Credit: W magazine