“That was my biggest dream, and I really worked hard at it. We both did. Sometimes it doesn’t work – and that’s sad,” the 42-year-old singer and actress says of the break-up.
Though she’s in the midst of her third divorce, Jennifer insists that she hasn’t given up on love: “I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love. It’s still my biggest dream. I am positive—determined to move forward with my life, bring up my babies, and do the best job I can as a mother, entertainer, and person. I now look forward to new challenges. I feel strong.”
In a portion of the interview that seems to have taken place prior to the break-up announcement, Jennifer gives some insight into the troubles in her relationship, admitting that it was “getting increasingly harder” to balance career, kids and marriage.
“When we were [first] married, most of the time, and even before the babies were born, we were able to go everywhere together. I wasn’t working as much. So we kind of had that. I went on tour with him a few times in the first few years of our marriage, and we did a film [El Cantante] together. It’s hard, and we’re figuring it out,” she reveals. “It’s tough. And… everything is ramping up in a way. Like I said, we had the first three years of our marriage just for us. I wasn’t working, it was mainly about him. Then we got pregnant. Then it became about the kids. And then I started working again… Marriage is tough. It’s not going to be perfect…It’s definitely challenging.”
Of course, her marriage to Marc wasn’t Jennifer’s first high-profile romance – she dated Sean “Diddy” Combs for a couple of years and was engaged to actor Ben Affleck. Reflecting on her past relationships, J. Lo says, “I’m a hopeless romantic and passionate person when it comes to love. It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself—if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now.”
Looking back on their years together, Jennifer says of her ex, who is dad to their 3-year-old twins Max and Emme: “I will always respect Marc as a singer and performer. We actually work great together, and he was always very supportive. Together we could make magic—and we did. He will always be in our lives. He will always hold a special place in my heart as the father of my children.”View Slideshow »»