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Jennifer Lopez Shares 'Tough' Upbringing As She Credits 'Strong' Mother To Success

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Jennifer Lopez Shares 'Tough' Upbringing As She Credits 'Strong' Mother To Success

Look, it's clear no one does it like J.Lo.

Check out the trailer below to see why:

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While we struggle to find the motivation to move on a Monday, the icon seemingly swings from one success to another, a superb Superbowl halftime show and presidential inauguration included.

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So, what is the secret to the Jenny From The Block singer's success?

Well, being from the block, naturally, and being surrounded by 'strong, powerful, tough women'.

J.Lo's new Netflix documentary HALFTIME reveals that her 'tough' mother taught her all she needed to know.

We imagine that's a different kind of tough to your mum ragging on you for not filling the dishwasher.

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J.Lo's new documentary is already a hit. Credit: Netflix
J.Lo's new documentary is already a hit. Credit: Netflix

As the icon explains: "Growing up I was surrounded by strong, powerful, tough women. My mum and my grandmother and my aunt, they ran s**t. They just, they were in charge."

In seeing strong women running the show, the singer understood the power of using her voice to urge a generation of women to 'get loud'.

While J.Lo was 'grateful' to have had such strong role models, it wasn't always easy.

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Her mother, Guadalupe Rodríguez, said: "David [her husband/J.Lo's dad] and I moved to the Bronx, it was a fourth-floor walk-up and it only had one bedroom. I had my three daughters in that apartment."

From that tightly packed home, she raised her daughters to be fiercely independent, with Guadalupe adding: "I always had the highest expectations of them, it wasn't to be critical, it was just to show you that you could do better. Jennifer, she gave me the hardest time, to tell you the truth. You know, we butted heads a lot."

J.Lo and her mother, Guadalupe Rodríguez. Credit: Alamy
J.Lo and her mother, Guadalupe Rodríguez. Credit: Alamy

J.Lo agreed, explaining that their relationship wasn't always easy, but there was a lot of love there: "My mum was a super complicated person and she carries a lot of baggage. Her generation was: a man will come along and marry you and take care of you for the rest of your life, provide for you. She had a lot bigger dreams than that, she dreamt of being an actress. She wanted us to be independent."

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But Guadalupe is the first to admit: "I was far from the perfect mother, but the one thing I can always say, everything I did, I did with their best interest at heart. I'm glad that she's strong and she's tough because you have to be to survive in this business."

J.Lo added: "She did what she had to do to survive and it made her strong, but it also made her tough. She beat the s**t out of us."



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Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Netflix

Topics: Celebrity

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