It was a nightmare: J. Lo did not want to share the Super Bowl show with Shakira

CDMX.- Jennifer Lopez just released her new Netflix documentary ‘Halftime’ and released her thoughts on her Super Bowl performance alongside Shakira.

The actress and mother of twins said that it seemed like a terrible idea to bring two Latinas to sing on stage, instead of giving only one the leading role.

“This is the worst idea in the world for two people to do the Super Bowl,” JLo said in the documentary.

“It was the worst idea in the world,” he remarked.

Jen and Shakira, who just split from her partner of 12 years Gerard Piqué, performed together at halftime of the Super Bowl in 2020. The event was held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The Bronx Diva tells National Football League (NFL) producer Ricky Kirshner that rehearsing the show has been a “nightmare since we started.”

“I’m a 50-year-old actress with the biggest success of her career playing a stripper,” she says, recalling her role as a dancer turned crime boss in Hustlers.

“A woman who embraces the power of her sexuality and turns the way women are objectified upside down. I wanted to put all of that on that Super Bowl stage,” she says.

“It was an insult”

The thoughts of the artist and her technical team did not stop there. The Latina’s manager, Benny Medina, assured that it was an “insult” that both Shakira and Lopez were chosen to lead the program.

“Normally, you have a ‘headliner’ at a Super Bowl. That headliner builds a show, and if they decide to have other guests, that’s their choice,” Medina explained.

“It was an insult to say that you needed two Latinas to do the work that an artist has historically done.”

The NFL denies Jennifer Lopez her ideas

The dramas surrounding the Super Bowl did not end there. The actress had proposed a scene where she wanted to represent the policy that Donald Trump had on separating children and parents on the American border.

Thus, Jen had proposed placing Latino children in illuminated cages during the presentation, where her daughter Emme would be included.

“I think a great moment would be to have these fantastic dancers that I just met along with hundreds of other girls in cages of light. A choir of girls singing. We want a caged Latino feeling…and they can’t keep us there. We won’t have that. The concept is that this next generation is not going to be suppressed the way we did,” he explained.

Thus, JLo wanted to close the performance with the song Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen along with this aforementioned presentation.

The NFL initially denied Lopez’s request, though he later relented.

The NFL had a real concern about making a political statement on immigration. They looked at the plans and the message was absolute. They didn’t want those cages on the show. That came from the highest authority”, specifies Benny Medina.

The actress did not hesitate to stand firm against her ideals and insists in the documentary: “For me, this is not about politics, it is about human rights. I am facing the biggest crossroads of my life, being able to perform on the biggest stage in the world, but taking out the cages and sacrificing what I believe would be like never being there.”

“There was a part of me that became very zen, and I was like, ‘Benny, I don’t care what you have to do, we’re not going to change the show. The Super Bowl is tomorrow and we’re not changing anything.'” .

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