Jennifer Lopez recalls her tough upbringing in new book

Nov 13, 2014, 07:12 IST | PTI

London: Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, who is among the wealthiest stars on the planet, has revealed she was raised in the once-impoverished New York City.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

The 45-year-old entertainer has detailed her early years in her new book, 'True Love: Unabridged', reported Femalefirst.

"Our neighbours were so diverse; Puerto Rican, African-American, Italian and everyone was scraping and clawing, trying to get by.

"My mum worked two jobs and my dad worked at Guardian Life Insurance. My sisters and I shared a bed and every morning we were bundled off to Catholic school. That's why my parents worked those long hours so they could give us a good education and raise us right," she writes.

The 'On The Floor' hitmaker admitted that the values she was taught by her parents - Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez - remain with her today.

"There was that Bronx mentality of taking everything as it comes it was about pressing forward today knowing that the break was gonna come. I was relentless, always reaching forward.

"There was a certain hustle I grew up with, a hustle that I learned from watching my parents. They showed me that you put your head down and work, you work for a living and then when you're making a living you carry on. That continues to be my mentality now, you don't stop working just because you have money in the bank - you do what you do and you keep on doing it."

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