Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on July 24, 1969. She grew up on Blackrock Avenue in Bronx, New York even though many of her fans think she was born in Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lopez is an actress, singer, fashion designer, businesswoman, judge, mother and so much more. She is one of Hollywood’s leading ladies as well as having a successful pop and dance music career. She began taking singing and dancing lessons when she was only 5 years old. Jennifer moved to Manhattan to learn how to dance and would sleep in the studio where she was practicing. She used to work in an office and was going to be a lawyer, but she loved singing and dancing more. She is an LGBT advocate.
Lopez has several nicknames. Everyone knows that JLo and Jenny from the Block are her nicknames, but few know what her nicknames were before she became famous. When she was still living in the Bronx, her friend’s called her “The Supernova.” She was also called “La Guitarra” because her feminine figure reminded people of the shape of a guitar. Her ex-husband, Marc Anthony’s nickname for her was “Lola.”
There are many things people still don’t know about her. For instance, did you know that JLo does not drink or smoke? She credits her young appearance and beauty to avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. She thinks smoking and drinking would ruin her skin.
Lopez was a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and New Kids On the Block.” JLo got her start as a back-up dancer on the sketch comedy television series “In Living Color.” Jennifer worked with Janet Jackson on the video “That’s The Way Love Goes” and on Janet’s tours.
Jennifer was on the first cover of Latina magazine in 1996. Her first headlining role was as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in 1997’s “Selena.” She was paid $1 million for her role in “Selena,” 1997. The actress earned $15 million for her role in 2005’s “Monster-in-Law,” making her the highest paid Latina actress in Hollywood at the time.
JLo is a single mother today, but she has been married three times and was one day from being married the fourth time. She married Ojani Noa in 1997 when she was 23. The marriage lasted only 13 months. Lopez filed a lawsuit against ex-husband Ojani Noa in 2009, alleging that he was trying to publicize home videos of her.
While working on her debut album “On the 6,” she met and began dating Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. In 1999, Jennifer Lopez and musician Sean Combs were arrested when police found them with a stolen gun. The charges against Lopez were dropped, but the charges against Combs stayed.
JLo was married to Cris Judd in 2001 and were divorced 9 months later. After her divorce from Judd, JLo began a stormy high-profile romance with Ben Affleck. In March 2002, he took out a $3,000 full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter complimenting Lopez on her “graciousness of spirit, beauty in courage, great empathy, astonishing talent, real poise and true grace.”
Ben proposed to her in November 2002 with a 6.1-carat pink diamond. It was also in 2002 that Lopez engaged to Ben Affleck and wrote the song “Dear Ben” about him and how much she loved him. They became known as “Bennifer” in tabloids and were extremely popular. The couple was featured together in two movies, “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl.” However, the engaged couple postponed their wedding indefinitely a day prior to the planned ceremony in September 2003, citing the media’s interference with the event as the reason.
Following her break-up with Affleck in January 2004, Lopez began dating long-time friend Marc Anthony. The couple wed that June and were married for seven years and divorced in April 2012 after having twins. Lopez gave birth to a son, Maximilian David and a daughter, Emme Maribel, in Long Island, New York on Feb. 22, 2008. Lopez and her twins were featured on the cover of the March 11, 2008 issue of People magazine when they were four weeks old. Lopez was paid $6 million for the photos.
Since October 2011, Lopez has been in a relationship with her former back-up dancer Casper Smart. She is 46, and he is 28. JLo is also the first actress to have a movie “The Wedding Planner” and an album hit number one in the same week. Lopez’s second album, “JLo,” was released on January 23, 2001, and it was an instant hit.
The celebrity singer and dancer launched her clothing line called JLO by Jennifer Lopez in 2001. She also has her own production company, Nuyorican Productions, founded with former manager Benny Medina.
Jennifer is the only woman to twice be voted FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World. She earned the No. 1 position in In Touch Magazine countdown of top 10 “Best Bottoms In Hollywood” in August 2007. Jennifer has been a judge on American Idol for three seasons, 10, 11 and 13.
In 2009, JLo fell on national television twice. Only one of them was serious though. During her performance at the American Music Awards in 2009, she fell pretty hard after trying to do a jump in sky-high heels.
Lopez sang happy birthday to repressive Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on July 1, 2013, and it turned controversial. It was reported she didn’t know there were any “human rights issues of any kind.”
Speaking of birthdays, J-Lo turned 46 on July 24. She is known for wearing outfits that show a lot of skin. The outfit she wore at her birthday bash has people talking. See her in the video above.