Jennifer Lopez Admits Being A Workaholic Nearly Killed Her
Jennifer Lopez doesn’t seemed to have stopped working since she broke onto the scene in 1999, but according to the actress, her ambitions almost cost her, her life and made her take a step back from her career. Writing in her forthcoming memoirs, True Love the 45 year-old recalled a scary time in which she visited her doctor after a time of prolonged illness and he told her, her intense schedule was endangering her health.
Jen took a noticeable step back from the spotlight after she married Marc Anthony in June 2004 and the couple started a family, welcoming twins Max and Emme. In her new memoir, out later this year, Jen revealed it wasn’t just a choice to spend more time with her family that made her slow down, but it was actually a medical issue as well.
According to extracts from her new book, published by Yahoo she wrote: “I was working on a movie called Enough, I was recording an album, I was doing videos on the weekend and I was recording at night. I had worked maybe 55 days in a row without a day off and shooting on a film, and I just one day was walking towards the set and — every time I walked towards the set my heart would start beating and I would start getting frightened.”After experiencing trouble with her vision, Jen went to the doctor and admitted she was surprised by what he said was the cause of her illness.
“The doctor was like, ‘What have you been doing?’ and I started telling him my schedule… ‘How many hours a night do you sleep?’ and I said, ‘Four or five,’ and I had been doing this for years, and he was like, ‘You have to take care of yourself. I need you to sleep eight, nine hours a night,” she explained, “The truth is, I wasn’t taking care of myself at all. I wasn’t loving myself at all. All I was thinking about was pleasing everyone else and showing everybody else that I could do all these things and that I was fine… I have to take care of myself first before I can take care of anyone else.”
While she might be taking better care of herself now, Jen hasn’t exactly put her feet up. She’s still juggling a career in the movies, music and TV, recently returning as a judge on American Idol and is now busy promoting her memoirs.
The health scare might explain why Jen’s philosophy is to treat herself like the “most important” person in her live. Explaining to E!News, she said: ”That sounds like a weird thing sometimes but it’s so real, and when you can really appreciate the person you are–not what you’ve accomplished, not the money that you have…none of that, just the girl you are–that person is just a good, funny, generous loving person. ”You always have to be the most important [person in your life]. That’s what love is.”
And despite all she’s achieved Jen admits she still thinks there’s room for her to grow: ”I would describe the woman I am today as a work in progress, a ‘WIP’! ”And this was the beginning of what I think is going to be a life-long journey of being content and happy with myself. have to know how great I am, you know–all of us need to know how great we are. That we’re worth it…All of the things I’m involved with have the same message and it’s that you must love yourself first, that the love that you’re looking for is inside you.”