Photo: Jennifer Lopez Reveals she was Homeless at 18
After an argument with her family at the age of 18, Jennifer Lopez recently told W Magazine she was homeless.
When she revealed her plans to enter the entertainment industry after high school, Lopez says her family’s reaction led to her moving out of their Bronx home.
She says her and her mother “had a break” after she said she wanted to dance full-time and not attend college.
‘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.’
The August cover model also discussed the work ethic she tries to instill in her 5-year-old twin Max and Emme.
‘I’ve learned something about kids,’ Lopez told W Magazine, ‘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.’
Though she has always maintained she is a Bronx girl, through and through, the 43-year-old admitted that doing W‘s photo shoot in her old neighborhood was difficult.
She visited her childhood home and shared, ‘The last time I was in there was when my mom and dad called us home to tell us they were separating after 33 years of marriage.’
Still, Lopez says she is who she is today because of her life in the Bronx.
‘I love Los Angeles, but it doesn’t give me strength the way the Bronx did,’ she said. Adding, ‘All the strength that I needed for life, I got from that neighborhood.’