Jennifer Lopez wasn’t always known as JLo.
Access Hollywood’s podcast “The Vault” unearthed an exclusive interview with the pop superstar in 2003 where she revealed the origins of her iconic nickname, and it didn’t happen exactly as we may have. be all thought of.
“I came with JLo,” she laughs in the 2003 interview with Access Hollywood. “I didn’t invent it myself, I should take it back. People called me, Jennifer Lo or Jenny Lo, ”she added.
“I was naming my album and I said, ‘What am I going to call my album?’ and I had all these super pretentious names about passion and art and I was like, “This is not good for this album. So I was like what it is, what is its essence. It’s a combination of who I am, which is Bronx and urban and a combination of music, which is Latin and pop and hip hop – and it got me going towards that name.
Jennifer explained that her fans were also a major contributing factor to the nickname.
“The fans call you something, they choose it for you and they really chose it for me, they are like you are JennyLo, you are JLo and I just decided to name the album like that and it has. gained momentum, “she continued.
Today, 18 years later, the “Pati” singer is still widely known by JLo. And while she admitted that she didn’t mind the nickname, it’s still a bit of a surprise as it’s not her real name and she never really intended to use that nickname to the full. time.
“Funny, not that I’m sick of it, that’s not my name, you know what I mean.” It got bigger and it’s so catchy and people call me JLo all the time, so it’s like you can call me Jennifer or you can call my Jenny or you can call me Jen ”, she said in the return interview. “I don’t care, you can call me whatever you want.” You can call me JLo if you want but that’s not my name. “
“I wasn’t like, I want to be called JLo, the name of the album was JLo,” she added.
But maybe JLo’s nickname had another reason for his enduring power. Jennifer’s 2001 album “J.Lo” was released the same week as her movie “The Wedding Planner,” which opened at number one at the box office. Her album was then certified quadruple platinum in the United States and she became one of the first artists to have a number one album and a movie to be released simultaneously.
“The Vault” by Access Hollywood’s podcast episode this week features interviews uncovered from Jennifer’s early years, after her rise from a dancer on “In Living Color” to the music and film icon.
List below, to hear Jennifer admit she had butterflies on the release of her debut album in 1999 and more!
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