Jennifer Lopez reflects on her low self-esteem in new Netflix documentary

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Jennifer Lopez is reflecting, and we can understand why: she’s had an incredible life. Halftime, her next Netflix documentary, is set to debut next month (June 14), and she’s just unveiled a massive trailer for it. 

The film focuses mainly on one of her most iconic events in her career – the Superbowl halftime show – while also serving as a retrospective now that she’s in her forties. During an interview with the New York Times, the multi-hyphenate revealed the documentary’s focus: “Everything I had worked for in film, music, and design just started happening” the year she turned 50 (2019). 

We get a behind-the-scenes look at JLo’s remarkable year in 2019. She received much-deserved critical acclaim for her performance as Ramona in Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers (and a Golden Globe nomination). She received the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award for her contributions to the fashion industry, and she broke the internet (again) after walking the runway at Milan Fashion Week in the iconic Versace jungle dress she wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000. She subsequently went on to headline Shakira’s 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. 

However, we also see her at her weakest. “I lived in the public glare and I believed a lot of what people said,” the singer stated as she reflected on her past. She is described as a “diva” and a “serial bride” in headlines clipped from newspapers. Ben Affleck was dubbed “the bad boy who destroyed her heart” in magazines after her split. Her performance was described as “lightweight” by critics, and an interviewer asked her flatly, “How do you feel about your butt?” In a flashback interview, Jimmy Kimmel cruelly says, “If I were in front of Jennifer Lopez and she said, “You can’t sing,” I’d answer, “Neither can you.”

Aside from the documentary, J.Lo’s been using her work to give us a hint of what life in the spotlight is really like. In her recent film Marry Me, the actress played a lonely superstar who agreed to marry a stranger on a whim. A role she described as “really fun and cathartic,” adding that she enjoyed “revealing a little something of what it’s like living in the public eye.”

She also opened up about her relationship with Ben Affleck, saying, “I just feel very happy and lucky to be in a relationship that’s happy and loving, and I want to do everything I can to protect that and keep it safe. It deserves that, it really does. … We hold it sacred.”

Since then, the couple got engaged, making all our 2000s dreams come true.

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Allison Corrigan

I’m Allison and I am human rights activist and LGBTQIA+ defender. I finished my degree graduate studies on Public Administration and I spend most of my free time in contributing written works about community development, public administration and lifestyle.

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