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Jennifer Lopez Defends Why She Has Her Husband’s Last Name: ‘If He Had Given Mine, It Wouldn’t Be Traditional Or Romantic’

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Jennifer Lopez is the protagonist of the December issue of the American edition of fashion. Wearing a flowing Valentino red dress and photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the singer and actress from the Bronx poses on a cover titled “Love is in the air. The new life of Jennifer Lopez” (“Love is in the air. The new life of Jennifer Lopez”). In the interview with Rob Haskell that accompanies the photographic report, the artist takes stock of her career, talks about her future projects (she is preparing a new album which, she says, will be her “culmination as a person and as a as an artist”) and reflects on his private life and their political views. And that also explains why after marrying actor Ben Affleck on July 16, she decided to adopt her husband’s surname.

This decision has been widely discussed. New York Times came to post a opinion piece on the meaning of this gesture. “ANDIn this tense moment for feminism in America, that a woman like the one formerly known as Jennifer Lopez decides to change her last name is especially disheartening,” wrote novelist Jennifer Weiner. “People will continue to call me Jennifer Lopez. But my legal name will be Mrs. Affleck because we are united. We are husband and wife. I’m proud of it. I don’t think that’s a problem,” the artist has now explained to fashion. When asked “Are you saying there isn’t a part of you that would like Ben to be Mr. Lopez?” he responds with a laugh and exclaims: “No! It wouldn’t be traditional or romantic. It would be more like a coup de force. I control my own life and destiny and feel empowered as a woman and as a person. I can understand that some people have their feelings about it, and that’s fine with me too. But if you want to know what it looks like to me, I just think it’s kind of romantic. It always gives me tradition and romance, and maybe I’m that kind of girl.”

Lopez and Affleck rekindled the relationship they had nearly two decades ago at the start of the pandemic. 17 years had passed since their split when one day the actor called her to find out how she was doing and Bennifer (nickname of the couple formed with the names of the two) made the headlines again. In June 2021 the tabloid page 6 He exclusively released the photos of a kiss between the two in Malibu and from there their relationship started to settle down until it ended in marriage. In the interview, Lopez talks about the differences between her early years with Affleck and her current situation and also reflects on how she came to know herself. “Before, I didn’t understand what it meant to take care of myself, not to put other people’s feelings and needs before taking care of myself,” she says, “why am I never happy? really felt that for a long time.”

Despite her power in the music industry and status as a fashion icon (the green Versace dress she wore in 2000 led to the creation of Google Images), in the interview, the Bronx woman says that she felt insecure for much of her time. career. “I always felt like a stranger in the world of fashion, in the world of music, in the world of cinema (…) I have the impression that everyone knows each other and that all the artists talk to each other, and you go to the met gala and all the girls have fun together and i’m not in that group. Maybe it’s insecurity. It’s not that I’m antisocial or that I don’t want to make friends. I have always been a solitary person who moves at his own pace. He admits to having always “searched for the idea of ​​validation in front of others” because “he wanted to be part of the club”, but that he no longer feels like this: “I am after something bigger. Transform people’s lives and be transformed.

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