Jennifer Lopez: “It’s Not Easy” Being a Single Mom

Pop superstar Jennifer Lopez covers the October issue of Elle UK and opens up about her love life and being a single mom to her two kids: 6-year-old twins Max and Emme.

On being a single mom: “It’s not easy. I’m from a traditional background. It takes two people to make a kid for a reason. It’s tough because I know they feel the void of that male presence. When Marc and I first broke up, I did think: ‘I wish I could have held this together.’ But when you realize it’s not the right thing for anybody, you think: ‘OK, well how do we make this work, how do we make this better, how do we make this great for the children anyway?'”

On her kids knowing the value of family and working hard: “My kids go and stay in a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx all the time, or a studio with their aunts, uncles and cousins and their grandmother. They get it. The great thing about actually becoming successful is that my family – who grew up sharing beds – come and stay, and everyone has their own room and their own shower. My aunts walk around saying: ‘Jennifer, you have so many towels.’ Everybody in my family always talks about how many towels I have.”

On love: “Everybody has seen that I make mistakes. Every single album I have ever made is about love. But I am not going to give up. I have to look at what I do wrong. I rush in, I get swept up, I ignore the signs. But so many of us are guilty of these things. Each time it goes wrong it’s hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: ‘What did I do? What can I learn?’ And as hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I’ve got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right.”

On whether she’s given up on looking for “the one”: “No! I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he’s out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything.”

For more from J.Lo, go to Elle UK

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  1. Madeleine

    its not easy being a single mom. she’s filthy rich she has the resource and money to provide for max and emme. Jennifer only had two children i’m guessing all the work fall on the nannies and etc.

  2. Anony

    We all know she has money but money doesn’t buy a father presence to help raise her kids and that’s what she’s talking about.

    • Anonymous9

      She also has an ex who is fully engaged with raising his kids. I wish we could leave the “single” word for people, men and women, who are actually raising their kids without the other parent involved.

      The experience of having nobody else around is entirely different from a situation where you share custody and talk all the time about important decisions.

  3. Catjane

    She is single, boo hoo. She is rich and has people who can take care of the kids. You see her out running around with younger guys and has no problem leaving the babies at home. Who is she kidding about it being so hard being a single mom. Gee lets take the kids to MacDonalds along with Nannies for each to make sure they behave. That is extremely hard.

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