Jennifer Lopez has been called many things—J.Lo, Jenny from the Block, one-half of Bennifer and more. When named “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by PEOPLE in 2011, Jennifer admitted keeping up with her world famous figure is “part of my job. I don’t want anybody thinking it’s easy. It does take time and it’s hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody’s friend!” Along with that body that just won’t quit, Lopez has kept the public’s attention with her acting work, as well as her high-profile relationships, her fab fashion sense and her music.
Lopez’s strong work ethic began while growing up in the Bronx, as little J and her sisters put on shows at home. Determined to make it big, Lopez moved to Manhattan on her own, performing in musicals until she got her first big break busting moves as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color. Jennifer’s breakthrough acting role was in the biopic Selena, where Lopez brought the tragically murdered Tejano pop singer back to life.
Hot on the heels of movie stardom, Jennifer made a seamless transition into music…and becoming known as J.Lo. On the 6 was released in 1999, and the single “If You Had My Love” went platinum within two weeks. With J.Lo’s famous dancing background and her fiercely sexy attitude, it’s only natural that her music videos solidified her image as a bona fide diva. And only someone like Jenny would flaunt her latest boy toys in her seductive videos. Take for example Sean “Puffy” Combs‘ “Been Around the World” video in which the rapper saved Jen’s life. The hip-hop mogul and J.Lo were together for almost three years, a time that included Lopez debuting her infamous plunging green Versace dress before they called it quits.
On set of the video “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”, J.Lo met dancer Cris Judd. The pair married in 2001, but they split a year later. Shortly after the divorce, Jen publicly stepped out with Gigli costar,Ben Affleck, who made a cameo in “Jenny From the Block.” Thus, the romantic couple known as Bennifer was born as was the growing trend of blending celeb couples’ names. Shortly after breaking up with Affleck, Lopez hooked up with her old flame, Marc Anthony. Back in 1999 the Latin lovers made sweet music together with “No Me Ames,” and the reunited pair got married in 2004. Then in 2008 Marc and Jennifer made two sweet babies namedMax and Emme.
After seven years of marriage, the pair called it quits. Since then, the multihyphenate has been linked toCasper Smart, a back-up dancer from J.Lo’s music video “Dance Again.”
Jennifer Lopez has had a lot on her plate, but that doesn’t mean she’s not willing to try new things, like her season as a judge on American Idol. In 2011, Jennifer left her seat next to Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler on Idol, and in 2012 has embarked on an international tour with Enrique Iglesias. On the side, Jen has a clothing line, a multitude of perfumes, and endorsements. Millions of albums sold and countless films later, it’s safe to call Jennifer Lopez one busy woman.