Jennifer Lopez has been the subject of enough celebrity profiles over the years to know that sometimes the things that you say can be twisted or misconstrued. To wit: yesterday the singer-cum-actress-cum-American Idol judge took to the red carpet to address some of her qualms with her April Vogue cover story.
“The thing with those types of articles, she told Access Hollywood, “is that they will take some of the things you say out of context.”
The article in question features a wealth of quotes from Benny Medina, Lopez’s long time manager, friend, and business partner, as well as the godfather to her four-year-old twins. (Fun fact: his life was the basis for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!) News outlets (ok, mostly tabloids) around the country have picked up Medina’s snippets regarding his client’s “nearly obsessive” suitors and difficulty maintaining a “real, meaningful relationship”.
“The thing that I always sort of wished is that she would give herself time to just naturally meet someone,” he says, “instead of having nearly obsessive guys pursue her. The ease with which that obsession becomes a relationship I think sometimes works against her ability to have a real meaningful relationship.”He goes on: “And she never half does anything. When she commits to anything in her work, her life, or her relationships, she is in it. I’m not telling you anything I haven’t told her. And I think to her detriment, the will of Jennifer is so strong that she believes that it can actually change who someone is and how they relate to her.”
While Medina speaks of Lopez with candor and obvious respect, apparently Vogue writer Jonathan Van Meter‘s superlative interviewing skills allowed the usual tight-lipped managerial discretion to fall by the wayside at times.
Luckily, it takes more than that to faze Jenny From The Block. Though she acknowledges that some words may have been “misconstrued”, Lopez remains diplomatic when pressed about the profile.
“I know Benny and he’s like my best friend, like I said, my creative soul mate, and I know the way he says things and I know he would never say anything that would be hurtful to me in any way.” She added, “So things can be taken out of context….and you know I’ve done interviews for a long time.”