Jennifer Lopez: The Lo Down

Taking on her harshest critics and most discerning drag queen impersonators, the 40-year-old fly girl gets real about fashion missteps — but she clams up when it comes to questions about kissing girls.



On an episode of How I Met Your Mother you played Anita Appleby, a self-help author who trains men to have better behavior in relationships. How do you train your man?
Her theory is that she uses the power of no. A lot of women like to say yes a little too early, but you can get them to do whatever you want them to do if you say no. But that’s just on the show — I don’t know how good that works in real life.

Ever since you performed at Karen’s wedding on Will & Grace, it’s been a dream of mine for you to perform at my gay wedding someday. Are your rates reasonable?
They’re kind of high.

Do your gay fans behave like they did on Will & Grace — do they wear Glow and know every move of your intricately planned choreography?
Not all, but some. It’s so great, and I, of course, love it.

You made surprise appearances at the 2002 White Party in Palm Springs and at the 2006 Heritage of Pride Dance on the Pier in New York. What’s it like to perform for a sea of gay men?
It’s the best audience ever. You guys enjoy the music, you get into it, and you’re not afraid to let go and express yourself. That’s what I want from an audience. I recently did a show where the crowd was just standing there, staring at me with their camera phones up, YouTubing me or whatever the heck they do now. I was like, “This is crazy! I need vibe!” I’d so much rather have you guys jumping up and down, waving your arms in the air.

It helps that you always have the hottest backup dancers.
Of course, I’m no dummy. I get some good ones.

On Dancelife, the 2007 MTV reality series you created, one of your gay backup dancers at the New York pride event made amends with his estranged father. How would you react if one of your kids ever came to you and said, “Mom, I’m gay”?
Honestly, it wouldn’t bother me at all. I wouldn’t be shocked or anything. Marc even once asked me, “What if one of the babies is gay?” I said, “Who cares?” And he was like, “Yeah, I know. Who cares?” You just love your kids and want them to be happy, because it’s really about love. That’s what this is all about — I sing about it, I do movies about it, and that’s how I live my life.

Would you ever do a reality show about your life?
No, because it demystifies you as a musician, an actress, and an artist. I want to act and make music, but I want people to be able to interpret it on their own terms. I don’t want people to know too much about me. That’s the great thing about the old movie stars and singers: There was an air of mystery about them. Marc and I try to maintain as much of a private life in this public arena as we can.

Not to invade your privacy, but I’d like to address some recent rumors. Are you bisexual?
No, I am not bisexual.

Why would someone say that about you?
I don’t know.

Have you ever kissed a girl and liked it?
No, I’ve never kissed a girl.

Really? Never?
Nope. Sorry!


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