‘s nipple is front and center of Complex magazine‘s latest cover. Going braless in nothing but a low-cut one-piece, The Boy Next Door actress graces the publication’s February/March issue leaving little to the imagination.
In the accompanying article, Lopez opens up about that infamous nudes hacking that rocked Hollywood, aging gracefully in the spotlight and her right to be a sexy mama.
“It’s an invasion of privacy,” she says of the naked photo leak that affected hundreds of female celebrities in August 2014. “You want to think that you can have privacy in this world—even with your devices. When people think it’s OK to do stuff like that for entertainment purposes and to embarrass people or take their intimate private moments, it’s cruel. It should be punishable.”
“We should have a choice about what we do, she continues. “Nobody should be stolen from. You shouldn’t be stolen from just because you decided to take a crazy picture with your girlfriend or your boyfriend one day. We decide what we do with our private things.”butt-baring “Booty” music video, the 45-year-old retorts, “I’m not allowed to be sexy because I’m a mom?”
“It’s like, How do you think I got my children?” Lopez says, laughing. “The truth is I don’t want to do anything that [my kids] would be embarrassed of in the long run. But at the end of the day, they care more about me being there, taking care of them, than if I’m sexy in a video.”
She adds, “I’m not saying that one day they may not be like, ‘Mom! Why did you do that?!’ But I don’t think that in 10 years I’m going to be doing that either. Again, it’s about what feels good to me in this moment. It felt right. It’s a good message for women. I’m standing next to this girl who is 24 years old and I’m in my 40s and there’s no difference. Women need to see that and feel that. You can’t let the fear of what people might say or think stop you from doing what you want to do or else we would never do anything.”
As for her years in the spotlight as a diva, Lopez thinks it’s time to put those comments to rest too.
“The rumors at that time were so endless,” she says, in particular to false reports that she legally changed her name to just J.Lo. “I’ve thought sometimes, ‘Was it because I was a woman? Was it because I was a minority?” I was like, ‘Why me? Why are they picking on me so much? What have I done?’ It’s funny. Men get praise when they are successful, like, ‘Look how great he’s doing.’ Women get criticized for some reason. I don’t understand it. All I know is that because I’ve stuck around for so long people realize, ‘Oh, that must not be true.'”
So, what does she has to say about her much talked-about tour rider demanding all-white dressing rooms?
“It wasn’t really a request from me,” she explains. “You have managers and record company people saying, ‘It’s always dirty backstage in those little studios. Let’s make it nice for her.’ And they’re attempting to make it nice because I was one of the hardest-working people at that time. I was literally working nonstop until I had a breakdown. In their attempt to [make things nice for me], they got me a reputation for asking for things like that. It used to bother me [but] I feel people know who I am now.”