Celebrity memoirs usually wind up in one of three categories: They’re either narcissistic ego-stroke-fests that reveal nothing beyond the author’s misguided notion that everything they do is fascinating (picture the upcoming Selfish, which features “the selfie photography of Kim Kardashian”), or prevaricating accounts of one’s rise to fame that conveniently omit or reinvent details in an attempt to soften the scandal that we bought the book to read about (Traci Lords’ Underneath It All), or fabulously dishy name-dropping exposés in which everything you’ve ever fantasized knowing about a beloved diva is revealed in an honest (and, if we’re lucky, deliciously bitchy) way.
We’re hoping Jennifer Lopez’s True Love, released yesterday (041114), falls into the latter category. From all indications though, it could turn out to be the fasten-your-seatbelts read of the year. The book promises to provide details of the superstar’s biggest challenges and fears, as well as “hard-won lessons and heartfelt recollections and an empowering story of self-reflection, rediscovery, and resilience.”
Oh, and she sets the record straight on her various romantic relationships, admitting a common thread: “They all had a passionate intensity that I mistook, every time, for my happily ever after.” She talks about Ben Affleck (the breakup from whom she calls “my first real heartbreak”), over-the-top gestures of love from boyfriends (like “buying me a Bentley or two”), being mistreated by people she’s given her heart to (“I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve been in relationships where I have felt abused one way or another”), and how she’s finally learned the difference between love and passion (“I never stopped to consider just how special my love was”).
Okay, so we know she’s real, we know she’s still Jenny from the block and we know her love don’t cost a thing. But we can still learn a thing (or eight) about JLo from her new book, and here they are below:
- Lopez writes that the first thing Marc Anthony ever said to her was, “One day you’re going to be my wife.” That was back in 1998, backstage when he was performing on Broadway in “The Capeman.” Anthony’s vision came true six years later, when the two tied the knot in 2004 before splitting in 2011.
- Speaking of predicting the future, she visited a psychic in Toronto while filming “Angel Eyes” and he cried during his reading with her. ‘I’m telling you,’ he said. ‘Going on tour will change your life. It will change everything about you.’ I looked at him and was shocked to see that he had tears in his eyes. It was so intense, so unexpected, so weird.
- Lopez got booed while performing at Boston’s TD Garden Arena on her Dance Again tour. The reason? One of her many costume changes included a sparkly New York Yankees hat — “Die-hard Red Sox fans,” she wrote. “What are you gonna do?”
- Turns out Steven Spielberg is a huge American Idol fan. Lopez writes that, during her first season as judge on the singing competition, the famed director approached her at an Oscars party to tell her how much he and his family love the show.
- According to her calculations, she has more than 60 songs about love or with the word “love” in the title. As Lopez noted: “If You Had My Love,” “Could This Be Love,” “No Me Ames” “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” “I Need Love” “I, Love’ “Baby I Love U!,” “Loving You,” et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
- Her mom once shot the paparazzi with a watergun. During some downtime before a performance in Paris, Lopez, her mom, and her two children were enjoying a day at a park when Lopez felt the photographers were getting too close. After grabbing one of the children’s toy waterguns, Lopez’s mother proceeded to spray the paparazzi with water, effectively chasing them away.
- Lopez writes that she watched “Something’s Gotta Give” 10 times to help her get through her divorce with Marc Anthony. “Thank God for Nancy Meyers [the film’s writer and director], because that vision helped me get through some really tough nights.”
- Lopez completed a triathlon on a whim in 2008. “Now, understand, I had never done a triathlon before,” she wrote. “I had run a 10k when I was 12, but never anything close to a triathlon. On the morning of the race, as I was standing there surrounded by a thousand paparazzi, about to jump into the ocean, I realized that this probably wasn’t the best idea I ever had.”
(Don’t worry, guys: she ended up finishing the half-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride and 4-mile run in an impressive time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 28 seconds.)
The book is available for purchase on SHOP.com