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Jennifer Lopez Reveals She Was Homeless in a New Interview with ‘W’ Magazine

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Jennifer Lopez is an international superstar who has managed to find success in film, music, and now TV. Before that, things were much, much different.

In the August issue of magazine, the Bronx-born actress reveals that she was homeless after high school due to her family’s disapproval of her career aspirations.

“My mom and I butted heads,” Lopez told the magazine. “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.’ 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.”

Now Lopez, who is currently serving as the executive producer for the ABC Family show The Fosters, wants to set a good example for her two kids, Max and Emme, and instill in them the same attitude of persistence that she learned at an early age.

“I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard,” Lopez dished. “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,” she adds. “And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.”


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