Jennifer Lopez: Leaving The Kids Is Torture

After taking a two-year “maternity leave” following the arrival of her kids Max and Emme in 2008, Jennifer Lopez is officially back to work. The multitasking mom, whose album Love? hits stores this summer, took time out to talk to Glamour magazine about a few of the challenges of motherhood.

On getting back to work: “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?”

On Marc Anthony as a father: “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…. I’m the one who keeps everybody on schedule, like, Got to go to bed at this time, got to eat something…”

On what she hopes to teach Max: “I think about it a lot. I want to teach him respect and appreciation for women by being a great woman.”

On what she hopes to teach Emme: “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.”

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  • Debs

    Uh… didn’t she start filming the Back Up Plan last year? And hasn’t she been doing press junkets for the movie since it opened this earlier this year? And hasn’t she been on various tv shows performing that awful song of hers ? How has she not been working all along? I know it sounds all earth mother to go on about doing nothing mooning over her kids for two whole years, but really, people can do math.

    • Anonymous

      ha ha ha I know what you mean…it just seems like she never took a leave after having the twins…didn’t she release like an album and a couple of movies not to mention all the concerts/tours, tv appearances….it’s ridiculous with these celebrities of their idea of “work”…I’m sure her kids were able to visit her during shoots…don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hater…I’m satisfied with my life and not a bit envious of these celebrities who say things in interviews so they can be “relatable” to normal working mothers…and oh yeah J.lo, not everyone can do a photo shoot for people magazine all blinged out with diamond encrusted pacifier or some ridiculous thing ( sorry only saw a glimpse of the cover because I had no interest in listening to what this woman says)

  • Courtney

    Typical of her she’s full of herself. her twins are adorable though. but she acts like she’s a huge star and probably doesn’t actually feel guilty about handing her kids off to a nanny to go to work. not like major stars have admitted to after their children were grown. why doesn’t she ask somebody she proports to be a fan of Joanne Woodward how hard it was to leave her children with a nanny when she had to go make a movie especially when each of them were close to Max and Emme’s age as thats when they were in the weening stage from breastfeeding. not that Jen would know anything about that she likely bottle fed the twins thinking it’s impossible to BF twins it’s not.

  • Anonymous

    Jlo never talks about Marc only in reference to the kids..never says how much
    she loves him…Wonder if he is the love of her life..Because if she is talking
    to her girlfriends about Emme when she is 19 years old and not Marc it makes
    you wonder..!!! What is she promoting because several actresses have movies at the film festivals next month and they are not on the cover…and
    Jlo has nothing.. but a CD later sometime…Don’t mean to complain but
    wondering why she is doing magazine covers..when their are several
    other women promoting their movies

  • Anonymous

    This woman is truly pathetic! She is a high maintenance diva with NO talent!

    • Anonymous

      Completey Agree!!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah right! She still talks about how much she loved and wanted Ben Affleck even after he dumped her for beautiful Jennifer Garner. Listening to anything this woman has to say is pure torture.

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