Be inspired: “I was homeless at 18” – Singer, Jennifer Lopez speaks on her hard knock life before fame

She is reported to be worth around $250  million.

But Jennifer Lopez has revealed that she was  once ‘homeless’ as a teen.

The former American Idol judge makes the  revelation in a new interview with W  magazine.

Cover girl: Jennifer Lopez graces the front cover of the August edition of W Magazine wearing a sheer black lace dress adorned with peacock-style feathers Cover girl: Jennifer Lopez graces the front cover of the  August edition of W Magazine wearing a sheer black lace dress adorned with  peacock-style feathersThe now 43-year-old says when she was 18  she  was forced to sleep on a sofa in her dance studio after fighting  with her  mother Guadalupe Rodriguez over her career choices.

The Grammy Award-winning star says she wanted  to pursue a career in show business but her parents did not approve, so she  subsequently moved out of home.

‘My mom and I butted heads,’ she tells the  magazine. ‘I didn’t want to go to college — I wanted to try dance full-time. So  she and I had a break.

Falling out: Jennifer, seen here with her mother Guadalupe Rodriguez in 2011, says the pair fell out when she was 18 over her careerFalling out: Jennifer, seen here with her mother  Guadalupe Rodriguez in 2011, says the pair fell out when she was 18 over her  career

 

‘I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance  studio. I was homeless, but I told her, “This is what I have to do.”‘

But it wasn’t too long until Jennifer scored  her first gig.

‘A few months later, I landed a job dancing  in Europe,’ she says. ‘When I got back, I booked ‘In Living Color.’ I became a  Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year.’

But Jennifer says it took a long time for her  to get used to the Hollywood lifestyle after living in the Bronx, New York.

The whole clan: Jennifer posed with her mother, father David Lopez and her two twins, Max and Emme, when she got her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame last month The whole clan: Jennifer posed with her mother, father  David Lopez and her two twins, Max and Emme, when she got her star on the  Hollywood Walk Of Fame last month

 

‘I hated L.A.,’ she says. ‘I was asking,  “Where’s the store for milk? Don’t you guys walk on the street?”‘

And while she later became fond of the City  Of Angels, just like she sings in her famous song she says she will always be  ‘Jenny From The Block.’

‘Now I love Los Angeles, but it doesn’t give  me strength the way the Bronx did. All the strength that I needed for life, I  got from that neighborhood,’ she explains.

Jenny's former block: This is the original home Jennifer lived in growing up in The Bronx, New York Jenny’s former block: This is the original home Jennifer  lived in growing up in The Bronx, New York

 

Jennifer of course is the mother of her own  two children now, five-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

She says she hopes she can set a good example  for her brood, teaching them good work ethic.

‘I think a lot about teaching my kids to work  hard. I’ve learned something about kids — they don’t do what you say; they do  what you do,’ she says.

‘I watched my parents. My dad worked nights,  and I was aware of how much he was doing for us.

‘My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked  at the school. I always felt  that I couldn’t let them down. And I had a natural  discipline from early on. I was always training for something.’

These days Jennifer is one of the most famous  entertainers in the world.

Look at her now: Jennifer now has a massive property portfolio, including a $10million Hamptons mansionLook at her now: Jennifer now has a massive property  portfolio, including a $10million Hamptons mansion

As well as being a singer and an actress, she  is also a fashion designer and television producer.

Jennifer has been in over 30 films, four TV  series and recorded eight studio albums.

With records sales of 75 million and a  cumulative film gross of over $2 billion, she is regarded as the most  influential Hispanic performers in the United States.

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