Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:56 am
>>> jennifer lopez here. she's a mother, dancer, singer, actress, " american idol " judge and topped "people's" most beautiful people of 20 is11 list. good morning.
>> good morning!
>> you have had eye issues. we have all kinds of drama this morning. you say i stiffed you last time.
>> you were supposed to interview me. something happened. some big news story. you left.
>> i'm sorry. i apologize.
>> you answered questions. i'm sure we took care of you. i don't care how big you get. when people calls you the most beautiful woman on the planet --
>> that's a good ego boost.
>> you know what? it's weird. it's weird, great and nice. i don't know. it's surreal in a way.
>> please take this the right way. it's not like you're some 18-year-old supermodel.
>> they're saying that beauty is -- can be a more mature look which you have grown into.
>> right. that's what i loved about it. i loved that they didn't pick somebody who was 21 years old. there are so many beautiful people in the world and it's all relative. at the end of the day they chose to pick somebody in their 40s who was a mom who's been in the business a long time.
>> i think a lot of people cheered for that.
>> by the way, it was a big deal for me, too. real big deal .
>> you have had quite a year.
>> when you think about " american idol ," the album and other things we'll get to, but " american idol " in particular. when i watch the show i think, she's having a good time on the program.
>> i was surprised it took you so long to commit to coming back. why was that?
>> last year was a tough year for me. towards the end i got really tired. live tv , honestly, i don't know how you do it for so many hours every day. it was a whole new thing for me. by the end of it i was exhausted. i wasn't just doing that. if i was just doing that it would have been easier. that coupled with everything else on my plate.
>> was it the money?
>> about leverage, input, anything like that?
>> no, no.
>> could you have walked away?
>> i could have. but i love the show and i do have a good time doing it.
>> out of your role on " american idol " -- by the way, before the new show, do you think we have reached critical mass in this genre yet? we have " american idol ," "the x factor ," "america's got talent," "the voice," "the sing-off." when do we reach critical mass ?
>> i don't know. i don't think people get tired of singing or dancing. it always entertains. you have "so you think you can dance," so many shows like this. people just love music. as long as they love music there will be room for a show that's good in the genre.
>> i imagine the new show you're working on will fall into the good theater. it's called "que viva," the chosen.
>> it's really different. we are putting together a latin show. simon fulleer approache eed marc and i. it's about us going through latin america finding different acts. this is an act from brazil. tango. different latin music to show diversity and the unity. it's a beautiful journey marc and i and jamie king , the director, go on to cast the amazing show.
>> i like how casual you keep saying "marc and i."
>> because your marriage ended in the last year it would have been easy to --
>> to walk away .
>> and say this is awkward. why do this? why didn't you?
>> marc and i were friends before we got married for years. we always loved each other. we always worked together. it wasn't an unnatural thing for us to continue working together. obviously we have children together. so it's not like he's not going to be in my life. he always will be. i don't know. it's a passion project for us. it has difficult moments but it's still a great thing we are doing and that we feel we are doing.
>> it's an adult approach. people say, we were best friends before we got married. out of the period of kwors most people need to go through a time of not liking each other before they can get back to that.
>> we have those moments. we're human. i'm not going to sit here and lie about that. but at the end of the day there is real love there. there is family there. that comes first. and at the end of the day we also love this project. like i said, as it has difficult moments once in a while when we're together, just because of the same things as when we were married.
>> here's what you said to vanity fair . sometimes we don't realize we are compromising ourselves to understand that a person is not good for you or that the person is not treating you in the right way or --
>> matt, i want to kill you right now.
>> i didn't steal your diary. this is from an interview you gave.
>> i know! why do you have to bring it up?
>> or treating himself in the right way if i stay i'm not doing the right thing for me. i love myself enough to walk away .
>> can you explain it more?
>> no, i can't. do you know why? everything i wanted to say about the divorce i said in that article. marc and i agreed we weren't going to talk about it publically again. it really is our personal life . we have children. it's something we have to respect and keep sacred. at the end of the day we're working together. we have a lot of love for each other. we're human and it's not the easiest thing in the world but we handled it with grace and caring. and a lot of love.
>> let me move on. that hurt when you did that to me knee.
>> and i will punch you again!
>> the last album was love, question mark .
>> i'm going to kill you. go.
>> the title of your album. do you think you'll marry again?
>> i don't know! i don't know.
>> i don't know. we'll see. i don't know.
>> is it hard --
>> it's not time to think about that yet. do you know what i mean ? it's still fresh.
>> how are the kids doing?
>> so good.
>> yeah. i was talking to my daughter on the balcony yesterday. i miss her so much and i was shedding a tear. they're great. they're wonderful. they're so loving and too smart for 3 years old. they're going to be 4 next month.
>> they're growing up in a world with a lifestyle that you did not grow up with.
>> that's a challenge for a lot of people.
>> you have a reputation as being a person who came from almost nowhere and they are privileged.
>> they are.
>> does it worry you?
>> i think about it. because i loved my upbringing. i tried to give them the same thing, just in a bigger house is how i try to think about it. the same family. they grow up around their cousins and aunts like i did. they eat the same foods as i did when i was growing up. you know, i try to keep what was so great about growing up puerto rican in the bronx, lower middle class family, the same values, the same things that were important to my mom and dad and i tried to do with them.
>> they may have better tieoys but you want the same values.
>> somebody asked me, matt, when your kids get older what do you want them to say about their childhood? what do you want them to say?
>> so serious these interviews.
>> i can go back to the other subject is if you want.
>> no, no. let's stay here. that they were happy. they felt loved, that they got the confidence they needed to fulfill their dreams in life. that's what i feel i got from my childhood.
>> always nice to have you here.
>> thank you, matt.
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