Jennifer Lopez broke down in tears at her film premiere as she paid an emotional tribute to her husband Ben Affleck for “inspiring” her life and career, telling him: “Thank you for believing in me.”
The singer and actress, 54, spoke at the premiere of her new film This is Me… Now: A Love Story, a companion to her ninth album This Is Me… Now, which was released on Friday.
J.Lo’s Prime Video movie is already receiving damning reviews, despite its eye-popping $20 million budget, entirely led by her, but she put it all out of her mind by sharing the sweet words.
In a clip posted to Instagram of Jennifer on stage, the singer said: ‘(Ben is) the person who inspired this for me. Who has inspired me all my life. He inspired an album 20 years ago and I know he hates that he’s doing this right now.”
The album Jennifer is referring to is 2002’s This Is Me… Then, released a few months after she started dating Ben. She dedicated it to him and wrote: “You are my life… my only inspiration for every lyric, every emotion, every feeling on this album.”
Jennifer Lopez, 54, broke down in tears for Ben Affleck as she paid an emotional tribute to her husband for “inspiring” her life and career, telling him: “Thank you for believing in me.”
The actress was speaking at the premiere of her new film This is Me… Now: A Love Story, which she attended with Ben, 51, to accompany her ninth album This Is Me… Now.
Jennifer continued: ‘He says, “Please shut up,” no! And I say no. I tell you that I love you and thank you for believing in me, helping me believe in myself and helping me grow every day.
‘Thank you for the family we have created, for our children and for everything you do for me. You will never know what it is to be able to share this life and for you to be my love. Thank you.’
And Jennifer doesn’t just stop at an album and a 65-minute movie. She is also releasing a documentary, The Greatest Love Story Never Told, which details her arduous journey to the completion of both projects, and she will embark on a 30-city U.S. tour.
Two days after its premiere, Jennifer told The Today Show that the This Is Me… Now tour will begin in June and end on August 31. It will be her first tour in 12 years and tickets go on sale February 20. .
It comes after Ben was left unimpressed when Jennifer exposed the numerous sweet and passionate love letters Ben had written her during the first round of their relationship from 2002 to 2004.
To help make his album, Jennifer decided to dig up the lyrics and share them with his songwriters to inspire them, and in the documentary Ben encountered strangers reading his private thoughts from decades ago.
Ben said to the camera: “I really found the beauty and the poetry and the irony in the fact that it’s the greatest love story ever told. If you’re making a record about it, it feels like telling it.”
This Is Me… Now: A Love Story is a highly visual and musical reimagining of her publicly scrutinized love life. It stars Jennifer and Ben, as well as Sofia Vergara, Trevor Noah and Sadhguru, and almost also stars a Kardashian.
This Is Me… Now: A Love Story is a highly visual and musical reimagining of her publicly scrutinized love life.