In Jennifer Lopez’s new Netflix documentary Halftime, the superstar gets personal about tabloid culture and body image.
Lopez looks back on the sexist coverage she suffered in the late ’90s and early aughts, specifically about her bum. Television hosts joked about the singer’s butt and she was often asked about her body.
She recalled one particularly insulting interview with Billy Bush.
“How do you feel about your butt?” Bush asked in 2002.
“Are you kidding me? You did not just ask me that,” a shocked Lopez replied.
“I did,” Bush added.
In Halftime, Lopez says she always felt good about her physique but admits the constant scrutiny affected her sometimes.
“I grew up around women with curves, so it was nothing ever I was ashamed of,” she said.
Lopez’s bottom was referenced everywhere, from South Park to the MTV Video Music Awards, when she wore that infamous green Versace dress in 2000.
“It was hard when you think people think you’re a joke like you’re a punchline,” she admits. “But I wound up affecting things in a way that I never intended to affect them.”
The Wedding Planner star was often featured in the tabloids thanks to her high-profile relationships. Lopez shared in the documentary that she almost quit over the harsh media coverage. She was called a “diva,” “ambitious” and “Hollywood’s best known serial bride,” despite her sizzling career.
“No matter what I achieved, their appetite to cover my personal life overshadowed everything that was happening in my career. I just had a very low self esteem,” Lopez admits. “I really believed a lot of what they said, which was that I wasn’t any good — I wasn’t a good singer, I wasn’t a good actress, I wasn’t a good dancer, I wasn’t good at anything. I just didn’t even belong here why wouldn’t I just go away.”
Ben Affleck, her once and current fiance, makes an appearance in the documentary to reflect on what he witnessed when they were together from 2002 to 2004.
“I said to her once, ‘Doesn’t this bother you?’ And she said, ‘I’m Latina, I’m a woman I expected this.’ You just don’t expect it. You expect to be treated fairly,” he recalls.
Lopez says there were “many times” she wanted to give up and quit.
“I had to really figure out who I was and believe in that and not believe anything else,” she shares.