Washingto: It might seem hard to believe but even a multi-faceted star such as Jennifer Lopez has struggled with self-doubt during the initial stage of her carrier.
The ‘Ain’t Your Mama’ singer opened up about it during the New York City screening of her upcoming film ‘Second Act’, which focuses on 40-year-old Maya who gets a chance to make all her unfulfilled dreams come true when she lands a job at an elite company and during the transition, she slowly learns to believe in herself and gain the lost confidence.
Speaking about her own struggles, Lopez said “I don’t let the opinion of others really influence how I think about myself. And that took a long time. Because in the early part of my career, I did, and it made me feel really bad about myself,” People quoted Lopez as saying.
Even after kick-starting her carrier with a successful debut film ‘Selena’ and her debut album ‘On the 6’ being a massive hit, Lopez received some heartbreaking criticism that made her doubt herself and her work.
“I’m killing it, and then everybody’s like, ‘She can’t sing, she can’t dance, she can’t act, she’s just some pretty face or her butt is big’ or whatever they were saying about me and I started thinking, ‘Yeah, that’s true,'” she recalled. “And it really hurt me for a long time,” she said.
However, she refused to give up and just kept going. “I couldn’t allow myself to let that become who I was. I was like, ‘No, I’m gonna make another record, I’m gonna make another song, I’m gonna make another movie. I’m a great actress, I’m a great singer, a great dancer, I’m great at this stuff! And I’m gonna keep going!’ And I did. And that’s all I did. I just kept going,” she said.
The ‘On The Floor’ singer is currently dating Baseball shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who accompanied her to the screening.