Jennifer Lopez covers the latest issue of In Style Magazine where she dishes on her love life, motherhood and staying in the game this long.
“The most important quality the man in my life should have is that he is sweet. I like the good guys… The hard part is that you never stop believing in love. You never stop. But that’s also the best part. You never stop believing, and you never, ever give up.”
On surviving tough times:
“I live by the mantra that God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle. It’s not until something bad or difficult happens that you really get to grow. And then you realize that those difficult moments, the times when you feel pain, are when you do a lot of your growing. You realize: There’s no reason to be terrified of things.
On being a parent:
“Of course, I’m the same as any parent. I feel the pressures of wanting to be a great parent and of wanting to do right by my children. I feel the pressure of knowing you can’t be perfect even though you want to be. One thing I’ve learned: Being a mom, or a dad, is the most important job there is. It doesn’t matter who you are. You have to embrace it for everything that it is.”
Lopez is suing her former driver and head of personal security, who she says tried to blackmail her. The suit, field in Los Angeles on behalf of Lopez, her manager and her production company, states that driver Hakob Manoukian threatened to “disclose sensitive and personal information that he allegedly heard while driving Lopez” unless the singer paid him $2.8 million. Lopez seeks $20 million in damages.
The legal action is Lopez’s response to a lawsuit Manoukian filed in April, accusing the singer, her manager and her production company of breaching his contract after Manoukian says he was told to cancel arrangements he had made for security on a music video shoot. Lopez’s suit claims that Manoukian “became hostile and angry because he mistakenly and unreasonably believed he had the unqualified right to designate the security team and profit from any budgetary allocations for such security.”
Manoukian worked with Lopez’ ex-husband Marc Anthony’s production company. He left that job to work with Lopez but quit after a month citing “intolerable” working conditions. According to her Manoukian left “under false pretenses.”
Lopez, who recently announced that she would not return as a judge on American Idol, is on tour with Enrique Iglesias through the beginning of September, before heading to Europe later in the month for a solo tour.