Jennifer Lopez gave an unusual acceptance speech when receiving the Generation Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards this Sunday (5).
The 52-year-old singer and actress decided to dedicate the achievement both to the people who supported her and to those who have wronged her – but without naming anyone. “I want to thank all the people who gave me this life. I want to thank the people who gave me joy and the people who broke my heart,” she began (check out the video at the end of the article).
“To the ones who were true and the ones who lied to me. I want to thank true love and I want to thank the way I lied to myself, because that’s how I knew I had to grow up,” the star continued, before pointing out that the “disappointment ” and “failure” taught him to “be strong”.
“AND [agradeço] to my kids for teaching me to love,” continued J.Lo, her voice breaking. The star is mother of 14-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband, singer Marc Anthony.
The famous followed the speech quite moved. “I want to thank all the people who told me, to my face – or, when I wasn’t there – that I couldn’t do this. I really don’t think I could have done it without you. And I know I couldn’t have done it. this without the fans who saw the [meus] movies,” she declared. “You are the reason I’m here and why I’ve been here, and I love you,” she exclaimed.
J.Lo even took advantage of his speech to thank his talent agent, Benny Medina, for the support over the years. She said that at the “lowest” moments of her career, she wanted to move on so as not to let her manager down, such is the respect she has for him. “Love you. Thank you,” she said. “It wasn’t easy, but I wouldn’t change a thing.”
According to the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the Generation Awards “celebrate beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have made them great names”. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, Will Smith, Robert Downey, Jr., Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler and Tom Cruise are some of the celebrities who have received this statuette.
Jennifer Lopez’s emotional acceptance speech comes after she gave an emotional rant about not being nominated for an Oscar for ‘Hustlers’ (2019). “It was hard. I had low self-esteem,” she said in her new documentary, ‘Jennifer Lopez: Halftime’.
In a previous interview with host Oprah Winfrey, she also admitted, “I was a little sad because there was so much anticipation. I got so many good reviews — more than ever in my career. And I was reading all the articles and thinking, ‘Oh my God, could that happen?’ Then it didn’t happen and it was like, ‘Ouch’. It was a little disappointing.”
As for the passage of the speech in which the star thanks “true love”, J.Lo is engaged to Ben Affleck, with whom she resumed a romance in 2021. She and the actor had already been related between 2002 and 2004, but they separated before to go up to the altar.
Their current relationship came shortly after the actress and singer broke off her engagement to former baseball player Alex Rodriguez in April of last year. The romance ended amid rumors that A-Rod had cheated on J.Lo with model and reality TV star Madison Lecroy; however, this information was never confirmed by the former couple.
Below, see Jennifer Lopez’s acceptance speech for the Generation Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards: