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Jennifer Lopez admits her biggest regret over parenting her twins Max and Emme

The Love Don’t Cost A Thing singer opens up

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Faye James
Senior Editor
17 May 2023
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Multi-hyphenate superstar Jennifer Lopez, recently opened up about her biggest parenting regret. 

Despite her storied career and fame, she admitted that the same success that brought her acclaim has cost her teenage twins Max and Emme, 15, a normal childhood.

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Jennifer Lopez with her twins

The "Mother" star shared her feelings of "guilt" over the lives her children have had to lead in the public eye during an interview with Audacy. 

The Mother on Netflix starring Jennifer Lopez official trailer

"I think being the child of famous parents is not something many people can understand, and I feel for [my kids] for that because they didn’t choose that,” she expressed.

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony share twins Emme and Max© Kevin Mazur
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony share twins Emme and Max

Now 15, Emme and Maximilian are beginning to understand how their mother's fame impacts their own lives. Jennifer noted that people often fail to see her children for who they truly are, focusing more on their celebrity status. 

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck take a cruise on the River Seine along with some of their children, Seraphina Affleck and Emme Muniz © Pierre Suu
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck take a cruise on the River Seine along with some of their children, Seraphina Affleck and Emme Muniz

The singer confessed: "And I think that has to be a really hard thing for them. So I would love to be able to protect them from that.”

During the interview, Lopez spoke candidly about the issue of her children, shared with ex-husband Marc Anthony, being "judged" by strangers.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez take a selfie on their wedding day © Jennifer Lopez
Ben and Jennifer wed in in July 2022

The Grammy winner explained, "Everybody has to deal with being bullied. It doesn’t matter who you are, you can get bullied.” 

The twins are constantly aware of the public lens on them, adding to the pressure.

Jennifer Lopez at the World Premiere of "AIR" held at the Regency Village Theatre on March 27, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)© Getty
Jennifer Lopez opens up about her parenting regrets

Despite the guilt she feels over this dynamic, J-Lo does not plan on sheltering Emme and Maximilian from every negative aspect of life. 

Instead, she advocates for resilience, arguing that enduring hardships is part of personal growth. "The pain is necessary. The pain is actually good,” she explained. “The pain kind of makes you feel a little bit like a warrior when you get through it."

J.Lo describes herself as a working mom© thecelebrityfinder/Bauer-Griffin
J.Lo describes herself as a working mom

The conversation took place while Jennifer was promoting her new Netflix movie, "The Mother," an action thriller where she portrays a hit woman. 

When her personal life was brought up, she acknowledged the reality that her celebrity status often precedes her children. 

 Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's "The Mother"© Jon Kopaloff
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's "The Mother"

She admitted that she would have loved to protect them from the judgments of strangers and the lens of fame.

The singer and actress also touched on the pressure of being a non-traditional mom in the public eye. "I’m not a traditional mom. I’m not a, you know, stay-at-home mom. I’m a single mom. I’m a working mom." she said. 

Jennifer Lopez as The Mother in Netflix movie
Jennifer Lopez as The Mother in Netflix movie

The added layer of fame complicates her role even more, admitting, "I’m kind of a famous mom, which is a weird thing for kids too. So I have a whole set of things that is not normal, what people think of as not normal."

Jennifer’s new movie, "The Mother," was released on May 12, just two days before Mother's Day and quickly reached the number one spot on Netflix. 

Despite the challenges, she continues to celebrate motherhood and family. 

She spent Mother's Day in a blended family celebration with her husband, Ben Affleck, who is a father to three children and their moms. 

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The couple were joined by both of Jennifer's twins, as well as Seraphina, 14, one of the three children Ben shares with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner

Seraphina's siblings Violet, 17, and Samuel, 11, were not in attendance, presumably because they were marking the holiday with their mother.

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