Jennifer Lopez: I Was Homeless

Reveals split with her mom at age 18

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2013 9:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – After she was "Jenny from the block," Jennifer Lopez was, briefly, homeless, she reveals in a new interview with W magazine. At 18, Lopez "butted heads" with her mom and moved out of their Bronx home, Lopez recalls. "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.'" Of course, it all ended quite well for J.Lo: "A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe," she says. "When I got back, I booked In Living Color. I became a Fly Girl and moved to LA. It all happened in a year." Click for the full cover story.

Jennifer Lopez poses with her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Lopez poses with her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Lopez reacts at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Lopez reacts at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
In this Dec. 2, 2012 file photo, U.S. singer Jennifer Lopez performs during a concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In this Dec. 2, 2012 file photo, U.S. singer Jennifer Lopez performs during a concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)
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