Who is JLo's mom? Singer reveals Guadalupe 'Lupe' Rodriguez 'beat the s**t' out of her when she was a child
Jennifer Lopez has been making a lot of headlines with her new documentary, "Halftime," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week and was later released on Netflix on Tuesday, June 14. The documentary follows Lopez's professional life in recent years, including the making and promoting of the movie "Hustlers" as well as the behind-the-scenes of the Super Bowl Halftime Show she headlined with Shakira. The documentary revealed that the pop diva was frustrated that she and Shakira were forced to share the stage together for the hyped halftime show. "This was the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl," Lopez says.
The documentary also explores her personal life, including a brief cameo from fiancé Ben Affleck. Other than her love life, the pop superstar, 52, also opens up about her complicated relationship with her mother, Guadalupe “Lupe” Rodriguez, and makes a shocking claim that the matriarch used to “beat” her when she was a child. “She [Rodriguez] did what she had to do to survive, and it made her strong, but it also made her tough. She beat the s**t out of you “ reveals Lopez.
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Who is Guadalupe "Lupe" Rodriguez?
Guadalupe "Lupe" Rodriguez, 76, is the mother of three daughters including superstar JLo, Emmy Award-winning journalist Lynda Lopez, and Leslie Lopez. Born in Puerto Rico, Rodriguez was a school worker. However, she became a homemaker following her marriage to David Lopez, who worked the night shift at the Guardian Insurance Company before becoming a computer technician at the firm. The whole family lived in a small apartment in the Castle Hill neighborhood in the South Central Section of the Bronx. Rodriguez and her husband’s marriage was short-lived and the couple eventually divorced. In the early 2000s, Rodriguez won $2.4million while playing the slot machines at The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
Rodriquez, who also makes an appearance in the documentary, admits that she was hard on Lopez and her two sisters, Leslie and Lynda. “I always had the highest expectations of them. It wasn’t to be critical. It was only to show you that you could do better,” Rodriguez is seen saying in the movie. Speaking about Jennifer, Rodrigues says that “Jennifer, she gave me the hardest time, to tell you the truth. We butted heads a lot."
Jennifer further reveals the details of her complicated relationship with her mother. The “On the Floor” singer confessed that she wasn’t focused on her school work, saying she was distracted by dancing. As a result Lopez and her mom repeatedly clashed with each other. “My mom was like, ‘If you’re gonna live in this house, you’re gonna get your education,'” Lopez recalled. “We got into a bad fight one night and I just left.”
Defending her actions, Rodriguez stated that she always wanted her three daughters to have an education so that they wouldn’t be dependent on men. “I was far from the perfect mother,” she is seen admitting in the documentary. “The one thing I can always say, everything I did, I did with their best interest at heart.” Lopez describes her mom as a “complicated” person but also reveals that they have made amends with each other and now enjoy a great relationship.