It hasn’t been all peachy for Ms. Jenny from the Block. Revisiting her old childhood home in Caste Hill for the latest issue of W Magazine (August), the Bronx native took a stroll in her old neighborhood this past Spring to reflect about her past. In the candid interview, she touches upon several topics, such as her rise to fame, her many hardships as a child, her parents work ethic, not letting them down, as well as her being homeless at the age of 18 after leaving the nest to pursue her dance career. Of course, the rest is history, as J.Lo went on to find her niche as a regular “Fly Girl” on In Living Color and stumbled upon a budding acting/singer career.
J. Lo on returning to her home and stomping grounds:
“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,” Lopez told the magazine as she approached the two-story house. “I think that’s why I was nervous about coming here today.
“It’s like seeing someone from the past – you’re afraid to run into them because you never know if it’s going to be ‘wow’ or very difficult. This is a combination of both.”
On Bumping Heads with her mom about pursuing dance career:
“My mom and I butted heads. I didn’t want to go to college – I wanted to try dance full-time. I was homeless,” Lopez says of nights spent sleeping on a cot in her dance studio. But I told her ‘This is what I have to do.”
How The Bronx Shaped Who She Is, And Passing Work Ethic to Her Twins, Max & Emme:
“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,” she tells W. “ I always felt that I couldn’t let them down. 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.”