JENNIFER LOPEZ
Talks About Her Rocky Past With Her Mother

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Jennifer Lopez looks so gorgeous on this cover of W Magazine, doesn’t she? She’s definitely giving me Liz Taylor vibes here, too. She’s probably one of the very few actresses in Hollywood who can pull off this classy look, too. The chart topper opens up to the mag this month where she talks about how she used to butt heads with her own mother and how her strong work ethic has made her the person she is today. Here are some highlights:

Visiting the Bronx: “I was nervous coming here today. This is the house I grew up in. I would look out that window to see if my boyfriend was coming, and then I’d run out the door I’m the middle sister. All three of us girlsshared a room. I was into sports and dancing. I ran track. I have a lot of stamina. I was built for the long run.”

She left home at 18: “My mom and I butted heads. I didn’t want to go to college–I wanted to try dance full-time. So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do.’ A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked In Living Color. I became a Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year.”

She missed the Bronx: “I hated L.A. I was asking, ‘Where’s the store for milk? Don’t you guys walk on the street?’ Now I love Los Angeles, but it doesn’t give me strength the way the Bronx did. All the strength that I needed for life, I got from that neighborhood.”

Work ethic is important: “I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I’ve learned something about kids–they don’t do what you say; they do what you do. I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.”

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Photos via W Magazine

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