Hollywood actor-cum-singer Jennifer Lopez remains a romantic despite her recent split with Marc Anthony. The superstar says finding a way to love herself is what gave her the courage to walk away from the seven-year marriage.
In her first interview since announcing their breakup in July, Lopez tells Vanity Fair magazine that both she and Anthony had worked hard to keep the marriage alive and that he “will always hold a special place in my heart”. But reportedly, it was Lopez who decided to end it.
“I’m a hopeless romantic and a passionate person when it comes to love,” Lopez tells the magazine in an interview for its September issue. “It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realise that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that the person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now,” says the 42-year-old star.
Despite this being her third marriage which has come to an end, Lopez is still an eternal optimistic about love and is confident that she will find happiness again. “It’s still my biggest dream. I am positive – determined to move forward with my life, bring up my babies, and do the best job I can as a mother, entertainer and person. I now look forward to new challenges. I feel strong,” she says.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2011.