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Jennifer Lopez has earned the respect of Netflix viewers who tuned into her new documentary Halftime.
The film – which dropped in the UK today, 14 June – offers up fresh perspectives on the global superstar and her life behind the tabloids.
J.Lo opens up about everything from her iconic 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance with Shakira to her journey as an artist, a mum and a Latinx creative.
We also hear about what it was like for her to face such media scrutiny throughout her career, with many choosing to focus more on her body and rumoured 'diva behaviour' than her music, acting and parenting.
“No matter what I achieved, their appetite to cover my personal life overshadowed everything that was happening in my career,” she explained.
“I just had very low self-esteem. I really believed a lot of what they said, which was that I wasn’t any good – I wasn’t a good singer, I wasn’t a good actress, I wasn’t a good dancer, I wasn’t good at anything. I just didn’t even belong here why wouldn’t I just go away.”
When discussing the Super Bowl show, the 52-year-old star revealed that she had to put her foot down after the NFL suggested cutting the 'kids in cages' part of the performance.
The segment was a protest aimed at then-president Donald Trump about the detainment of children in his expanding immigration detention centres.
"For me this isn’t about politics, this is about human rights," she said. "I’m facing the biggest crossroads of my life – being able to perform on the biggest stage of my life. But to take out the cages and sacrifice everything I believe in would be like never being here at all."
Viewers have since flocked to Twitter to share their praise for the star, with many saying their respect for J.Lo has gone up since watching the impactful documentary.
"My respect for @JLo went up to 100+ after watching the #Halftime documentary," wrote one. "All the hard work and dedication has paid off!"
Another said: "I’ve been a @JLo fan for over 2 decades and after watching this doc, have an even deeper respect & appreciation for what she gives to the world."
I have a new FAVORITE documentary…#HALFTIME was like going on an emotional journey with my all time favorite artist…I’ve been a @JLo fan for over 2 decades and after watching this doc, have an even deeper respect & appreciation for what she gives to the world. 💛#JLover♾ (1/3) pic.twitter.com/6eFtNzld5o— Brandon Byrd — ICON 💚 (@brandonbyrd87) June 14, 2022
"Jennifer Lopez is beyond inspiring," commented a third. "I gained even more respect after watching this doc. She is such a fighter."
A fourth added: "From a little girl I was admiring @JLo for her talent, for everything that she has achieved and most importantly for her powerful personality! But after watching #Halftime my respect for her is on top!"
Halftime is available to stream on Netflix now.
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