Jennifer Lopez: I’ve “Made Mistakes” With Men — “It’s Not Easy” Being A Single Mom

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Jennifer Lopez Elle UK October 2014

By Michael Lewittes

Jennifer Lopez Elle UK October 2014

(Elle UK)

Jennifer Lopez admits in the October issue of Elle UK that she has had missteps in her past relationships — but that doesn’t mean she’s swearing off love.

“Everybody has seen that I make mistakes,” she tells the magazine. “Every single album I have ever made is about love. But I am not going to give up.”

The “Booty” singer, who has been married three times, notes, “I have to look at what I do wrong. I rush in, I get swept up, I ignore the signs. But so many of us are guilty of these things.”

“Each time it goes wrong it’s hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: ‘What did I do? What can I learn?’” explains Lopez. “And as hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I’ve got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right.”

She adds, “I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he’s out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything.”

Lopez, who has 6-year-old twins Emme and Max, confesses it’s “not easy” being a single mom.

“I’m from a traditional background. It takes two people to make a kid for a reason,” she says. “It’s tough because I know they feel the void of that male presence.”

She explains, “When Marc [Anthony] and I first broke up, I did think, ‘I wish I could have held this together.’ But when you realize it’s not the right thing for anybody, you think, ‘OK, well how do we make this work, how do we make this better, how do we make this great for the children anyway?'”

The “Jenny from the Block” star is teaching her children to appreciate their family — and their extremely good fortune.

“My kids go and stay in a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx all the time, or a studio with their aunts, uncles and cousins and their grandmother,” Lopez says. “They get it.”

She continues, “The great thing about actually becoming successful is that my family — who grew up sharing beds — come and stay, and everyone has their own room and their own shower.”

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