Jennifer Lopez admits that her 2011 split from husband Marc Anthony was “devastating.”
In UK’s March edition of Glamour magazine, the 44-year-old mom of two opening up about the end of her 7-year marriage: “Back then the pain hurt so much, but I didn’t want what happened to finish me. I wanted it to help me grow for the better. I didn’t want to just survive it; I wanted to come out of it stronger than I was before. It took a lot of digging to do that.”
Her main motivation for overcoming the ordeal was that of every parent going through a divorce — her children, twins Max and Emme. J.Lo told Glamour: “Right now I’d say it was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, because of the kids. When you’re this little scrappy girl and things happen, you just cry yourself to sleep. But when you’re responsible for two other human beings and their lives and emotional well being, that’s a biggie. You’re constantly wondering, ‘Am I doing the right thing here?’”
What is really refreshing from J. Lo is her honesty. Celeb relationships are notoriously fragile (let’s face it, whose relationship wouldn’t be if it is played out in front of the world’s press?) and every other week we read of splits between stars. Rarely do we see their heartbreak, as they throw on a huge pair of shades and an equally large smile for the cameras. And who’s to fault them for that? I personally wouldn’t want the paparazzi sticking their cameras in my tear-stained face? No one looks good sobbing, celebrity or otherwise.
Jennifer goes on to say that she and her ex are still good friends and that she still loves him as the father of her kids, but adds: “That doesn’t mean that we were meant to be in marriage forever, though.”
Recently we’ve seen the American Idol star beaming with her partner of two years, choreographer Casper Smart. At 26, he is 18 years her junior. However, J. Lo did also admit that her her divorce has left her more fragile, saying: “I cry out of exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed. I’ll be holding it all together and then some little thing will trigger it — a commercial or a romantic moment in a movie — and the floodgates will open. It’s about being tired all the time.”
Sounds like you’re just as beat as the rest of us moms, Jen — we understand!
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