Jennifer Lopez: “I Definitely Feel Like I’ve Grown Up”

Jennifer Lopez has a busy spring and summer planned. Her first film since 2006, The Back-Up Plan, hits theaters this month, followed by a guest-starring role on Glee and the summer release of her new album, Love. While promoting her much-anticipated comeback, the busy mom-of-two opens up to Redbook about how her world was turned upside down when she and hubby Marc Anthony welcomed twins Max and Emme in March 2008.

On how life has changed since the twins: “I can’t help but be a different person now that I’ve had kids. That really does change your whole perspective on life for the better. I definitely feel like I’ve grown up.”

On how her priorities have changed: “My main priority now is that my kids are happy; that’s my No. 1 focus in life. Are these little people happy, content, and getting everything they need? Everything after that is secondary. Before, my work was my main priority – even above myself.”

On what motherhood has taught her: “I think the biggest thing they’ve taught me is what loving someone is and what it should feel like. This is what unconditional love means. It’s crazy, but it’s heaven and earth.”

On mommy guilt: “I never expected to feel the guilt of not being able to be there for [my kids] at every single moment. I didn’t know that feeling before. You don’t know about it because nobody ever tells you. I think it’s because women are a little ashamed to admit it. You feel guilty whenever you can’t have your kids right there with you on your hip.”

On being afraid to touch the babies at first: “Because I might hurt them, because they were only five pounds each.”

On her success: “I never thought about money or fame, and I never really thought that would happen to me. All that was just a by-product.”

On relationships: “I have always believed in fairy tales.” Although she quickly adds: “Here’s the thing with relationships that nobody tells you: You’re not going to find one person where everything is always going to be perfect — that’s bull.”

On turning 40: “In fact, 40 turned out to be an empowered place for me, because I also realized how much I didn’t know when I was 20 or even 30.”

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