Gloria Estefan shades Jennifer Lopez for comments about performing with Shakira at Super Bowl
Gloria Estefan is glad she didn't join Shakira and Jennifer Lopez for the 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance. The Cuban singer stated she declined the invitation to perform alongside the women on the largest stage in the world during her guest appearance on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen' on Wednesday, June 22. She also addressed Jennifer Lopez's remarks about having to share the honor with another superstar.
Estefan, 64, said, "Look, this is the bottom line. You have very little time, like 12 minutes or something, to get things on and off the set. So, could you do it with one person? Yes, but I think they wanted to throw a Miami and Latin extravaganza and they tried to pack it as much as possible."
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Estefan further added, "OK, and imagine what JLo would have said if I was the third [performer]," in a sly jab at Lopez. "I literally would come out, done 'Shake Your Body' ['Conga'] and out," she continued. "It was their moment. Plus, I didn't want to go on a diet in December."
In Lopez's brand-new documentary 'Halftime,' which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month, 52-year-old Lopez made certain remarks that Estefan was responding to. The NFL, according to Lopez, ought to have chosen either Shakira or JLo, not both, to be the headlining act at the concert inside Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.
Being forced to shorten her performance so that she could share time with Shakira, 45, Lopez exclaimed, "This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl. This is something I have been working for and hoping for years."
"It was an insult to think that you needed two Latinas to do the job that one artist historically has done," Benny Medina, Lopez's longtime manager, said in the documentary. Estefan is one of the few musicians to have performed at the Super Bowl halftime show twice.
Estefan participated in the 'Winter Magic' halftime show in 1992, which had close to 2,000 artists. Along with Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Savion Glover, she also performed at "A Celebration of Soul, Salsa, and Swing" in 1999.
Shakira, who is also dealing with her own personal issues following her separation from her husband Gerard Piqué, has not yet responded to Lopez's most recent remarks.