By James Dinh
From Diddy to Ben Affleck and the many men in between, it’s no secret that Jennifer Lopez’s past was full of romantic woes. But even with her six-year (and counting) marriage to Marc Anthony, J.Lo still questions the many facets of love on her appropriately titled new album Love?, which hit stores today. “You still have questions. There’s still so much to learn and that’s why the question mark,” the singer recently revealed on the “Today” show. “Love is the answer, but it’s a question too. I think we always have to be challenging ourselves to be better.”
Like many artists, Jenny from the Block has been singing about the ups and downs of love ever since her musical debut. In honor of her brand-new LP, we decided to take a look back at some of the entertainer’s earlier perspectives on this oh-so-complicated topic.
“If You Had My Love” (1999): On her debut single, Jennifer confronts her admirer with a number of ground rules before they begin their relationship. “Now if I gave you me, this is how it’s got to be/ First of all I won’t take you cheatin’ on me/ Tell me who can I trust if I can’t trust in you/ And I refuse to let you play me for a fool” she sings on the Darkchild-produced number. It seems like the pop star lets her insecurities get the best of her in this one.
“Love Don’t Cost a Thing” (2000): In addition to birthing the public persona known as “J.Lo,” this track is also the tale of a materialistic relationship (full of credit cards and lavish gifts) on the lead single to her sophomore effort. “Think you gonna keep me iced, you don’t/ Think I’m gonna spend your cash, I won’t/ Even if you were broke/ My love don’t cost a thing,” Lopez sings during the chorus. Rumor has it that the tune was about her high-profile relationship with Diddy.
“Baby, I Love U!” (2002): Leave it to J.Lo to turn the somber music of John Barry’s 1969 “Midnight Cowboy” score into a blissful (and kind of cheesy) tune about being a hopeless romantic. “What I wanna know is/ Are you willing to try?/ Can you love me for a lifetime/ In just one night?” she sings. R. Kelly also got into the mix of things when he hopped on a remix of the track. Cue the Bennifer references.
“I, Love” (2005): On this trippy mid-tempo Rebirth cut, Lopez tries to convince her lover how much she really does care for him, despite his ignorance. Suggesting that their chemistry is “not pretend” or “make believe,” the pop star goes as far as saying she’d die before hurting her lover.
“Como Ama una Mujer” (2007): Love is a universal thing and J. Lo was eager to explore it in Spanish. In this track off her first Spanish-language album of the same name, Lopez sings about listening to her heart’s instinct, regardless of the outcome.
“(What Is) Love?” (2011): After all these years, Jenny Lo still finds herself singing about her struggles with the search for her true love. From blind dates to church boys and even musicians, Lopez admits she’s tried it all. While a part of Love?, this fan favorite was originally attached to her 2010 romantic comedy “The Back-up Plan.”
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