Jennifer Lopez has had a roller coaster ride of a year. In January, the singer took over one of the vacant judges’ seats on “American Idol,” scored a hit single with “On the Floor” off her album Love? a few months later, and saw her seven-year marriage to Marc Anthony come to an end in the summer.
But it seems 2011 will end on a high note for Lopez as she’ll grace the December cover of Glamour‘s annual Women of the Year issue. Lopez is being honored as an “All-Star Woman” for her numerous achievements this year in television, music, fashion and charity. The singer/actress/fashionista was interviewed for the magazine by another inspiring woman, actress Jane Fonda. Lopez talked candidly about what she’s learned about love and relationships over this past year.
“I think I’ve finally learned the biggest lesson of all: You’ve got to love yourself first,” Lopez says. “You’ve got to be OK on your own before you can be OK with someone else. You’ve got to value yourself and know that you’re worth everything. And until you value yourself enough and love yourself enough to know that, you can’t really have a healthy relationship.”
So does that mean Lopez is ready to date again? Possibly, but this time she plans to try to keep her love life out of the tabloids. “I think to give something a chance, to really get to know somebody, you want to do it out of the public eye,” Lopez says. “You know the media — they want to rush everything.”
While Lopez’s romances often make headlines, the “American Idol” judge has been also been known to turn heads with her style.
“The things I liked when I was, like, 16 and in the Bronx — jeans, cut-up T-shirts — I still like,” she admits. “But I’ve been exposed to so much now from traveling the world and seeing couture clothes,” Lopez added. “I used all of that when I created my new line for Kohl’s. My style has come from everything, from where I started to where I am today.”
Lopez and 10 other lucky ladies will be honored in Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year issue, which hits newsstands November 1.
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