Jennifer Lopez says couples therapy was ‘really helpful’ for her and Alex Rodríguez in quarantine

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez learned something about themselves in quarantine. The 51-year-old singer covers the March issue of Seduce, and, in the accompanying interview, reveals how she and her ex-fiancé athlete prioritized their relationship in the middle of the confinement.

“I miss being creative and executing 150,” she says of the quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “But Alex, of all people, said, ‘I love it. I love being at home. I love doing my Zooms. I love knowing that the kids are there and you are there all the time.’

“It has been really very good,” continues López. “We got down to work. We did therapy. I think it was very helpful to us in our relationship.”

While the quarantine was undoubtedly a “different” way of life for López, Rodríguez and their family: the triple threat star has twins Max and Emme, 12, while her fiancé is Ella’s 12-year-old father. , and Natasha, 16. – finally got the better of her.

“I started trying to do things together. We would play baseball outside or paint together,” he says. “We never did things like that. I was trying to use the time.”

Although a lot of quality time passed in the middle of the quarantine, López and Rodríguez’s planned wedding did not happen.

“It was a big problem. We had been planning for months and months and months, and it was overseas,” he says. “Maybe that wasn’t the right time. You start to think about all these things, how everything has its kind of perfect, divine moment.”

The quarantine time came after one of the busiest periods of Lopez’s life, a time during which his “outstanding” nature shone through.

“I started training to Scammers in January 2019. I went from training to Scammers to do Scammers to go on tour to do awards season while filming Marry me. I remember filming all day and working on the music for my trailer and then doing interviews and then talking on the phone with my kids because they had just entered high school, “he says.” I remember talking to Emme on the phone, telling her to do two hours of homework, and then stick with Max and put him to sleep and then learn my lines for the next day. “

“Then he trained for the Super Bowl rehearsals. And then it was the Super Bowl,” Lopez continues. “It was non-stop for a year, so after that, I thought, ‘I’m going to rest. For a month.’

The successful year culminated in Lopez’s performance at the Super Bowl halftime with Shakira, of which the singer is beyond proud.

“The idea was to show the best of me, not only as an artist, but the best of women. The best of Latinos,” he says. “I felt like I represented Latinos, I represented women and I represented people in my age group in a very positive and strong way.”

However, it did not result in an Oscar nod for Lopez, who was nominated for other major awards for her. Scammers paper.

“[My production partner] Elaine [Goldsmith-Thomas] I did a post listing all the things that I had been nominated for and I won that season. And when it came to the Oscars, he was so obviously absent. It was a nuisance, “Lopez admits.” I was like, ‘Okay, when you’re supposedly on everyone else’s mind and you’re supposed to be nominated and you’re not, what does that mean? Is it really real? Are the others real and this one not? ‘”

“I got to a point where I thought, ‘That’s not why I’m doing this. I’m not doing this to have 10 Oscars on my shelf or 20 Grammys,'” he continues. “The point is to create and the joy that I get from the things that I can publish in the world that entertain, inspire and empower people. I believe that my life is more than awards.”

Although Lopez and his family were in quarantine for much of the past year, they ventured outside to participate in the Black Lives Matter protests, largely at Max’s insistence.

“Everything that was happening with police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, Latinos on the border, you feel like you have to contribute,” he says. “I remember my son came up to me and said, ‘You know mom, some of my YouTubers tell us what to do and I listen to them. There are a lot of people who feel the same way about you.’

“It was his way of saying that he should do something,” he says. “You probably heard me complain about what was happening in the world. I said, ‘I want you to signal me because Mom wants to go out too.’

The event itself initially left Lopez nervous, in large part because she’s not “used to being in big crowds like that,” but it quickly morphed into something surprising for the singer.

“It was scary. I felt a little anxious, like, ‘How can you get out of the crowd?'” He recalls. “Once I have [into it], being in the masses like that, I loved it. Like, ‘Wow, a movement is happening.’ So many people, of different ages, races, it was a beautiful thing. “

Overcoming his nerves and participating in a big way taught López a valuable lesson.

“We can’t go on living our lives and thinking that everything is going to be okay. No, it is not going to be okay. We have to get involved. We have to make changes,” he says. “That’s why 2020, as difficult and scary as it was, was so necessary. What we realized is that we are all in this together. It is about our children growing up in a world where they feel comfortable, where things are the same. , and there is more goodness and love than hatred and division. “

It is a lesson that he is doing his best to pass on to his daughter as well.

“In the middle of the pandemic, Emme came up to me crying. She said, ‘Why is all this happening?’ It was very emotional because I was trying to comfort her and me at the same moment, “says López. “I said, ‘There’s something going on that we’re in the middle of and you have to trust that on the other side everything is going to be much better. We just have to hang on.’

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