Jennifer Lopez in W Magazine August 2013: I Hated L.A.

Posted Tuesday July 9, 2013 1:55 PM GMT

Taking some time away from her tour, Jennifer Lopez graced the cover of W magazine's August 2013 issue.

While donning a gorgeous Gucci gown for the Mario Sorrenti-shot spread, the "Ain't It Funny" songstress opened up about her love for dance and her first time in Los Angeles.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Lopez's interview below. For more, be sure to visit W magazine!

On her fallout with her mother over dance:
"My mom and I butted heads. I didn't want to go to college - I wanted to try dance full-time. So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, 'This is what I have to do.' A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked 'In Living Color.' I became a Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year."

On her first impression of L.A.:
"I hated L.A. I was asking,'Where's the store for milk? Don't you guys walk on the street?' Now I love Los Angeles, but it doesn't give me strength the way the Bronx did. All the strength that I needed for life, I got from that neighborhood."

On parenting:
"I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I've learned something about kids - they don't do what you say; they do what you do. I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn't let them down. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something."

On her parents while growing up:
"My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us,” she said. ”My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school.”

Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti for W

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