Want to make Jennifer Lopez cry? Sing to her. That's what a group of schoolchildren in New York's Bronx borough discovered on Tuesday when the singer and her husband, Marc Anthony, popped by PS 36 Unionport School in Castle Hill to kick off their upcoming joint tour, which starts Friday. To welcome the singers to the school — which was across the street from where Lopez grew up on Blackrock Avenue — the children serenaded the couple, who were overtaken with emotion at the gesture.
"I was like, 'Did you see me?' I was crying like a baby," Lopez laughed. "We were both crying like babies."
"I was a hot mess," Anthony said.
"He had glasses on, but me? I was like, 'Eeeee,' " Lopez said. "I was trying to hold it back, too."
Lopez and Anthony are donating part of the proceeds from their 19-date trek to ING's school-fitness program for kids, Run for Something Better, with funds to go to select schools with high Latino enrollment. The couple also tied orange shoelaces around their wrists to demonstrate they're "tied" to supporting fit kids, and fighting obesity and diabetes.
"We look at you and we see ourselves," Lopez told the children. "I can remember doing little songs at school and being onstage and dreaming of great things. And seeing all of you so full of beauty and life and energy, and knowing how far you can go, it still touches my heart."
Lopez is trying to go even farther herself — to begin with, by going on tour. In all her years of recording, this marks her first outing. "I've tried to plan a tour so many times," she previously told MTV News in 2005, when she announced she was gearing up for a trek (which didn't materialize). "Because of the fact that I work in film, it's been hard. It's been hard to map out that amount of time to really do it right."
Doing it right — or doing it well, as she sings in her new single — means balancing her new album, Brave, out October 9, with her back catalog.
"I'm going to do a couple of new songs, obviously from this album, and also from my Spanish album [Como Ama una Mujer], and then of course my old, kinda standard hits," Lopez said. "This is the first time, so a lot of my fans haven't gotten to see me at all perform these songs, so I'm going to try to pick all the best ones that they want to see. But you never know."
"It's just a monster show," Anthony said. "As we creep up to it, just in a couple days, that's when I'm getting the magnitude of this, you know what I'm saying? I sit back and watch her set, and it's exciting. I'm so proud of her."
"Just for us to be able to do this together, to both be separate artists who have our own kind of, like, songs and repertoire, or whatever you want to call it, our own thing going on, to come together like this, everything takes on a different meaning," Lopez said. "Like what he said about rehearsals, in the numbers, in the lyrics of the songs, all of a sudden, everything's heightened. I don't think we even expected it. As we were putting it together, it was this intangible thing, like, 'What's happening here?' I just can't wait for people to see it. It's going to be intense."
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony tour dates, according to her publicist:
· 9/28 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Taj Mahal
· 9/29 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Taj Mahal
· 10/3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
· 10/5 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
· 10/7 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
· 10/8 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
· 10/10 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
· 10/12 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
· 10/14 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
· 10/17 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
· 10/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
· 10/20 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
· 10/24 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl
· 10/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
· 10/30 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
· 10/31 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
· 11/2 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
· 11/3 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
· 11/4 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena