Jennifer Lopez opens up about her love life and living as a single parent in an interview with Elle UK magazine for its October issue. "I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he's out there somewhere," the 45-year-old singer tells the magazine. "But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything."
After three failed marriages, J.Lo says she will not give up on love. "Everybody has seen that I make mistakes," the "If You Had My Love" singer shares, "Every single album I have ever made is about love. But I am not going to give up. I have to look at what I do wrong. I rush in, I get swept up, I ignore the signs. But so many of us are guilty of these things."
She continues, "Each time it goes wrong it's hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: 'What did I do? What can I learn?' And as hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I've got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right."
J.Lo also talks about her life as a single parent. "It's not easy," she claims, "I'm from a traditional background. It takes two people to make a kid for a reason. It's tough because I know they feel the void of that male presence."
She adds, "When Marc [Anthony] and I first broke up, I did think, 'I wish I could have held this together.' But when you realize it's not the right thing for anybody, you think, 'OK, well how do we make this work, how do we make this better, how do we make this great for the children anyway?' "
J.Lo says of her twin children, Max and Emme, "My kids go and stay in a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx all the time, or a studio with their aunts, uncles and cousins and their grandmother. They get it."
The "American Idol" judge reveals, "The great thing about actually becoming successful is that my family-who grew up sharing beds-come and stay, and everyone has their own room and their own shower. My aunts walk around saying, 'Jennifer, you have so many towels.' Everybody in my family always talks about how many towels I have."