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Jennifer Lopez: I Felt Like I "Wasn't Good" at Singing

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Cosmopolitan (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Cosmopolitan (via ABC News Radio)

Even beautiful, talented, multi-millionaire superstars can feel insecure sometimes.  Just ask Jennifer Lopez .

The entertainer, who graces the cover of the new issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, admits that for a while, she didn't feel confident in her vocal ability -- kind of a problem, since she's supposed to be judging that very quality in American Idol contestants.  "The biggest insecurity I had was my singing," she tells the magazine. "Even though I had sold 70 million records, there was this feeling like, 'I'm not good at this.'" 

What helped her get over those fears, she says, was advice from her ex-husband, Marc Anthony .

"He kept telling me, ‘You're the only one holding yourself back from reaching your full potential as a singer. You have to let go,'" she recalls. "I was always so insecure and just kind of going along. Then I grew, little by little, and realized, wait a minute, this is not a fluke. I'm not a mistake – I work my ass off. And I know what I'm doing."

J-Lo also talks about her relationship with her 26-year-old boyfriend, choreographer Beau "Casper" Smart . 

"For me, it's about having a great partner to walk this life with," She explains. "I have my own high standards for what I want in a partner and how I want to be treated. I bring a lot to the table. I'm not talking about material things but what I have to offer as a person – love and loyalty and all the things that make a good relationship."

Surprisingly, Jennifer also addresses the criticism she received after performing at the birthday party of the president of Turkmenistan earlier this year.  Admitting that it was a mistake to perform for that country's leader, who's been cited by human rights organizations for numerous abuses and authoritarian leadership, J-Lo says, "I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions. I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes. But I promise that when I fall, I get back up."

She adds, "When I am wrong, I will learn the lesson and move on to face other challenges. For me, that's what creating your own life is. Doing your best work while being your best self."

You can read the entire interview with J-Lo when the new Cosmopolitan hits newsstands September 10.

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