Many times we see successful people and we just see them that way, as if they have always been blessed, especially when it comes to celebrities. Many times we don’t realize that they have gone through stuff, especially to get where they are today. We let the glare of fame cloud our thoughts. Successful people and celebrities also deal with problems just like everyone else.
Jennifer Lopez is at the top of the A-list now, but back when she was a struggling dancer, the singer/actress had to put her dreams ahead of everything else, including living at home with her mother.
“My mom and I butted heads,” Lopez tells W‘s August issue. “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.” But Jennifer Lopez isn’t the first celebrity to struggle with homelessness. What other stars went from having hard times to having it all?
The “Shades of Blue” actress revealed that she struggled in the early days as a dancer making no money whatsoever.
“I remember only getting to have one piece of pizza every day when I was a dancer,” she said. “That’s how I lived. I did that for a couple of years before I got my first big job. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. For me, coming from that struggle this is a dream come true for me. I don’t say that lightly.”
In an interview with E News, JLO (believe it or not) said she blames partly her low self-esteem issues for her failed relationships.
“I had this confidence in what I could do. I didn’t have so much confidence in who I was or what I had to offer just as a girl.”
That’s what Jennifer Lopez—the super-sexy and ridiculously talented triple threat—confessed to Maria Shriver during a candid interview for Today.
While promoting her upcoming book True Love (available tomorrow), Lopez admitted that she recently realized the reason behind her failed attempts at finding a substantial relationship was because she suffered from self-esteem issues, and while many of us may find the idea that such a confident celebrity can struggle with self-worth, Jennifer explains that it began in her childhood.
“It’s still a work in progress for me,” she responds when asked why she feels unworthy of true love. “It’s how you feel as a child, you know, being a middle a child and kinda being invisible sometimes and trying to get the attention, so what did I do? I overachieved.”
Overachieved she has, Jennifer has come a long way from her humble beginnings in the Bronx. She does it all and has it all (or so we think?), she acts, sings, dances, is known through the world, is rich, she’s attractive, a mother, an amazing entrepreneur, a producer, and the list goes on and on.
Her struggles of yesterday is a testament to what men and woman can truly do and become when they really, really want to.