Latina superstar Jennifer Lopez is completely enamored with former New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez. The powerhouse duo are seem to be pretty perfect for each other, something which they openly acknowledged last year when interviewed for Vanity Fair. At the time, Lopez said that “I understand him in a way that I don’t think anyone else could, and he understands me in a way that no one else could ever.”
Now J.Lo is opening up about the next steps in her life with A.Rod (that’s J-Rod to fans) and what it takes to love yourself above all. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Jenny From The Block is seen flying high above the Los Angeles skyline and the thrice-married Lopez, who has been dating Rodriguez for just over a year, is in no rush to get married again.
“I do believe in marriage, and I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship,” she said in the interview. “But I’m not forcing anything right now. It’s good, it’s healthy; we communicate well. We understand each other’s lives in a way that most other people couldn’t. We both entered the public eye in our early 20s and overachieved right from the start. And that affects every dynamic in your life, from your family to your work to your relationships. We have a similar makeup.”
The two have certainly made a beautiful family together, frequently showcasing photos of themselves and their kids on both of their instagram accounts. It’s obvious to anyone watching from afar that they’re crazy in love and happy, so it’s understandable why J.Lo is in no rush to run to the altar. Instead, she’s focusing on enjoying the happiness she has found in both her personal and professional lives.
“When I was younger I spent a lot of time being half happy and half not happy,” she said. These days, “I know who I am and what I want. I also know my strengths and weaknesses. It took me a long time to get to a point where I could say something nice about myself. I’m glad I can do that now.”
It’s not easy to learn to love yourself, as the perfectionist well knows. The self-described workaholic admits that she can “never settle for mediocre.” However, these days she embraces her hectic life thanks to daily affirmations.
“Affirmations are so important,” she said in earnest. “I am youthful and timeless. I tell myself that every day, a few times a day. It sounds like clichéd bullshit, but it’s not: Age is all in your mind. Look at Jane Fonda.”
Of course, Rodriguez also knows that Lopez’s agelessness is in big part thanks to her focus on “the big fundamentals, like getting her rest, eight to 10 hours.” He also says that she doesn’t drink or smoke and “lives a very clean life.” So if you’ve been wondering how she is ables to stay so youthful, now you know.
For more on J.Lo’s career and her #MeToo experience, pick up the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar on newsstands today.