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Jennifer Lopez Introduces Her Child Onstage Using They/Them Pronouns

Jennifer Lopez and her child

Superstar Jennifer Lopez recently performed with her child Emme, 14, and used gender-neutral pronouns during the performance, with many on social media saying it seems to be Lopez affirming Emme’s pronouns.

Emme, along with their twin Max, are Lopez’s children with her ex-husband Marc Anthony.

The recent duet wasn’t the first time audiences saw Lopez and Emme sing together. Emme also performed with Lopez during the latter’s Super Bowl performance in 2020 with Shakira.

Video of the performance at the L.A. Dodgers Foundation’s Blue Diamond Gala was posted to TikTok, and has been viewed more than 2 million times.

“I ask them to sing with me all the time, but they won't. So this is a very special occasion,” Lopez said.

“They are very, very busy. Booked. And pricey! It costs me when they come out,” she added jokingly.

The singer and actor went on to say that her child was “worth every single penny because they’re my favorite duet partner of all time, so if you will indulge me.”

The two sang “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and bits of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” and Lopez’s song “Let’s Get Loud,” according to BuzzFeed.

During the performance, Emme held a rainbow-colored microphone.

On social media, many praised Lopez for seeming to use Emme's correct pronouns.

“Wonderful that you are so supportive of your child’s journey. Love is love,” one Twitter user posted.

A user on TikTok wrote, “‘They’ is how Emme identifies. This was Jlo sharing that information. it's beautiful to see her supporting her child.”

In 2020, Lopez introduced her fans to her nibling, Brendon Scholl. "Nibling" is a gender-neutral term used to refer to a child of a sibling.

Scholl appeared in the short film Draw With Me. In an introduction to the film, which Jennifer shared on Instagram at the time, the singer explained that “the film is important and timely in its story and message, and can have a huge impact on those of us who watch and experience what Brendon and their family is going through in this time of acceptance and admission.”

“It’s a story that is very close to my heart, because it was a family affair. It’s about accepting change and challenges with love, and knowing when we do everything is possible," she said.

In a different video, Scholl, who uses they/them pronouns, revealed how it took until eighth grade to come out as transgender. It wasn't an easy road, but they said having public support helped.

“I’m just hit with how lucky I am in terms of family and friends. When Jen made a post using the right pronouns, it felt really nice to have a family member, in a very public way, show their support," Scholl said. "It makes me appreciate things that other people will do for me and for anyone else who’s struggling.”

Tags: Music, Youth

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