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Jennifer Lopez, who is now worth $400M, recalls how she had very little money during her childhood in NY

'We didn't have a lot of money,' Jennifer Lopez, 53, wrote in her OnTheJLO newsletter, speaking about an 'itchy blanket' she was extremely fond of
UPDATED DEC 28, 2022
Jennifer Lopez reportedly said that she did not have a lot of material possessions growing up (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)
Jennifer Lopez reportedly said that she did not have a lot of material possessions growing up (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA: Jennifer Lopez reportedly took a trip down memory lane, recalling her childhood. The 'Marry Me' actress wrote in her recent OnTheJLO newsletter that she had only a few material possessions as a child growing up. She reportedly said, "We didn't have a lot of money."

Now, her net worth is over $400M, per  Celebrity Net Worth. Speaking about her woolen Hermes blanket, she wrote in her OnTheJLO newsletter, "One of the most comforting things I owned growing up, was a very itchy blanket. I know that sounds crazy, but it was the blanket I had from when I was six until I was a teenager and I loved it so much. Lol. It was red, orange and white and it was my version of a Snuggy." The 'Papi' singer was born in the Bronx and spent in the neighborhood of Castle Hill, as per Daily Mail.


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"Growing up in New York when it was cold, there was something so comforting about that warm blanket on my skin," the 53-year-old continued. When she was a child, her parents, David and Guadalupe Rodriguez, moved to the US from Puerto Rico when they were just children. 

"The closest thing I have been able to find to that blanket are these Hermes classic wool blankets, believe it or not. Sometimes Ben and the kids make fun of me because I like the itchy feeling of wool against my skin, but it reminds me of my childhood," she continued.

"I find them chic and a Bronx throwback at the same time. I know everybody likes soft and plushy blankets that feel like you're sleeping on a cloud, but I encourage you to give this a try, especially with this cold winter we're experiencing. I promise it will keep you so warm!!! You won't regret it! Then again maybe it's an acquired taste," she added.

In 2020, she told WSJ Magazine that growing up with little money shaped her as a person. "Growing up in the Bronx really did shape me, because I grew up with not a lot," she reportedly said, adding, "Everything about me; my kind of grit. I never thought about it or described it this way before but it is the heartbeat inside of me that is the Bronx and my upbringing that continues to drive me."

"There's nothing I could not accomplish if I wanted to. I believe every single person holds that power," she continued, adding, "It‘s taken me a while to get to the point where I even realize it’s not always about talent, it’s not always about education, it’s about persistence and hard work. And if you are dedicated to that, whatever dream, however big it is, you can accomplish it."