Jennifer Lopez's year is already off to a crazy-good start. With her Las Vegas residency in full swing; her NBC show, Shades of Blue, renewed for a second season; and a hot new song, "Ain't Your Mama," one could argue that 2016 belongs to Jennifer.
The 46-year-old triple threat looks damn good — and she's proudly reminding the world on the cover of W. In the magazine's stunning May issue, J Lo opens up about some of the struggles she's experienced during her rise to the top, including her sad split from Marc Anthony and what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry. Keep reading for a sneak peek at her revealing interview, and then check out her hilariously poetic take on "Baby Got Back."
- On her split from Marc Anthony: "When it comes to work, I never get tired. But with personal failures, I have thought 'this is too hard.' When my marriage ended, it was not easy to find forgiveness. It wasn't the dream that I had hoped for, and it would have been easier to fan the flames of resentment, disappointment, and anger. But Marc is the father of my children, and that's never going away. So, I have to work to make things right. And that is, by far, the hardest work I do."
- On her longtime love Casper Smart: "We got together and broke up and are now together again. I still think about getting married and having that long life with someone. I love the movie The Notebook. A dream of mine is to grow old with someone."
- On her work ethic: "I do have trouble saying no. It's hard for me not to imagine doing everything I am asked to do. Even if I hear a song that someone else has done or watch a film that someone else is in, I think, 'Oh, I would do it like this.' Or, 'I wish I could do it like that.' Luckily, I love to work."
- On being a woman in the industry: "People may now think I'm 'nice,' but they still act surprised when I'm smart. It's a man's world, and truly, people in a business setting do not value a woman as much as a man. I feel like I'm constantly having to prove myself. If a man does one thing well, people immediately say he's a genius. Women have to do something remarkable over and over and over."
- On her haters: "People underestimate me. They always have, and maybe that's for the best. It's fun to prove them wrong."