- Jennifer Lopez, 51, revealed she didn’t “understand” self-love until attending therapy in her late 30s.
- Lopez, who is currently engaged to Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, also touched on her past relationships.
- Lopez made the remarks on Coach Conversations, a new YouTube series about culture from Coach.
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Even Jennifer Lopez has struggled with self-love.
Lopez, 51, appeared on the premiere episode of Coach Conversations, a new YouTube series covering creativity and culture by luxury fashion house Coach.
While speaking to Jay Shetty â€” a former monk turned podcaster â€” the “Let’s Get Loud” singer offered a glimpse into her therapy sessions and the realities of learning to love oneself.
“They should have a whole school for that,” Lopez, who is currently engaged to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez, said.
“I always say, why don’t they teach kids from very young to love themselves. Or a course, or something!” she added.
Lopez continued that while attending therapy in her late 30s, “there was a lot of talk about loving yourself.”
“And I was like, ‘I love myself.’ But obviously, I was doing all these things like my personal relationships didn’t seem like I was loving myself,” Lopez said.
Lopez’s headline-catching relationships have been chronicled throughout her career that has spanned three decades.
She was first married to Ojani Noa before briefly tying the knot with Cris Judd and spending seven years with Marc Anthony. Lopez shares two children â€” twins Maximillian and Emme â€” with former husband Marc Anthony.
She was also romantically tied to several celebrity men, including Diddy and Ben Affleck. Affleck recently called out media organisations for what he called “sexist” and “racist” coverage of their early-2000s romance.
Lopez continued, “I didn’t even understand the concept of [self-love]. It took time and it’s a journey and it’s still a journey for me.”
During a 2019 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lopez got candid about her “up and down” past relationships.
“For me, the relationship journey has been very up and down. But it didn’t have to do with anybody else but me â€” it was about me figuring out me,” she said.
“Until you learn to love yourself, you can’t completely love [someone else] in a way that is pure and true. Once you do that, you can have relationships that are based on love and respect, that are supportive and nourishing. There’s an evolution there that had to happen for me. I feel like I’m in a better place now,” she added.
On Coach Conversations, Lopez also revealed how she inspires her children to remain confident and positive.
“What you say and what you think, and I tell this to my kids all the time, becomes your reality,” Lopez told Shetty.
“If you’re telling yourself, ‘I’m gonna be this or I’m gonna be that,’ or you’re telling yourself, ‘I’m a f—— loser,’ then you’ll be a f—— loser. Whatever it is, you tell yourself that and it will manifest,” said Lopez.
“I really believe that we create our lives. Again, not just with our actions and the things we do, but the things we think and the self-talk that we give,” she added.
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