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Jennifer Lopez: 'I don't deserve my diva reputation'

Published 18/05/2016

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has never understood why she has been branded a diva.

Jennifer Lopez has hit back at constant reports suggesting she is a diva, insisting it's a label she doesn't deserve.

The 46-year-old has built a huge career out of singing and acting, but her stellar success has prompted some to repeatedly brand her 'difficult' or 'prima donna' - and J.Lo does not appreciate the reputation.

"I got a moniker of being 'the diva,' which I never felt I deserved - which I don't deserve - because I've always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I'm supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success," she explained to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Maid in Manhattan star added she would often feel "crippled" to voice her opinion and felt the need to stand up for herself in a male-dominated environment.

"Certain directors and the boys' club that they form can make you feel like, 'Oh, I can't say anything,'" she continued. "I was always fascinated by how I could see (a man) being late or being belligerent to a crew and it being totally acceptable; meanwhile, I'd show up 15 minutes late and be berated. And you watch this happen over and over and over again."

The double standards Jennifer has witnessed throughout her career is something she is keen to change, and she will continue to speak up for herself regardless of what others in the industry think.

"Like, we're not allowed to have certain opinions or even be passionate about something, or they'll be like, 'God, she's really difficult'," she said. "It's like, 'Am I? Am I difficult because I care?' I've always been fascinated by how much more well-behaved we have to be than men."

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