Jennifer Lopez Reveals Homeless Past

July 10, 2013 By:
Jennifer Lopez Reveals Homeless Past

Luminous pot of honey Jennifer Lopez opened up to W magazine about her start in show business and like so many of these rags-to-riches narratives, it was an uphill climb.

Here are some of the noteworthy highlights from the upcoming issue…

On being homeless:

“My mom and I butted heads. I didn't want to go to college, I wanted to try dance full-time. So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do,’” Jennifer said. "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. It all happened in a year.”

On living in Los Angeles:

“I hated L.A. I was asking, ‘Where's the store for milk? Don't you guys walk on the street?’ Now 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.”

On raising her children:

“I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I've learned something about kids, 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. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.”

On dreams and aspirations:

“I can remember dancing and singing in front of the mirror in my bedroom. I've always had dreams, the dreams have just gotten bigger.”