Jennifer Lopez claims she did NOT receive enough love as a child from her ‘narcissistic’ mother and ‘absent’ dad as pal Jane Fonda calls her ‘thirsty’ as seen in her documentary The Greatest Love Story Never Told

Jennifer Lopez’s documentary The Greatest Love Story Never Told debuted on Tuesday.

The actress let fans see deep inside her inner turmoil she has battled since a child growing up in the Bronx.

At the heart of the documentary and the accompanying musical movie also released – titled This Is Me… Now – is Lopez’s demons.

Her biggest issue is as a middle child – she has two sisters, Leslie and Lynda – she did not get enough love, which caused her to turn into a very hard worker so she would get noticed.

And Jennifer also brought up it was hard having a ‘narcissistic’ mother who was ‘the life of the party’ and an absentee dad who worked all night and slept all day.

Her parents Guadalupe and David did not appear in the documentary though they were seen in flashback photos.

Her pal Jane Fonda, whom she met on the set of Monster-in-Law, had a cameo in her movie and is seen in the documentary telling Jennifer she hopes it works with Ben after adding JLo is indeed ‘thirsty,’ which makes the dancer laugh.

Jennifer Lopez 's documentary The Greatest Love Story Never Told debuted on Tuesday. The actress let fans see deep inside her inner turmoil she has battled since a child growing up in the Bronx
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Jennifer Lopez ‘s documentary The Greatest Love Story Never Told debuted on Tuesday. The actress let fans see deep inside her inner turmoil she has battled since a child growing up in the Bronx

At the heart of the documentary and the accompanying musical movie also released - titled This Is Me... Now - is Lopez's demons. Seen last week in LA
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At the heart of the documentary and the accompanying musical movie also released – titled This Is Me… Now – is Lopez’s demons. Seen last week in LA

Her biggest issue is as a middle child - she has two sisters - she did not get enough love, which caused her to turn into a very hard worker so she would get noticed. Seen with Leslie and Lynda in 2005
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Her biggest issue is as a middle child – she has two sisters – she did not get enough love, which caused her to turn into a very hard worker so she would get noticed. Seen with Leslie and Lynda in 2005

And Jennifer also brought up it was hard having a 'narcissistic' mother who was 'the life of the party'
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And she had an absentee dad who worked all night and slept all day
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And Jennifer also brought up it was hard having a ‘narcissistic’ mother who was ‘the life of the party’ and an absentee dad who worked all night and slept all day

Lopez and her father David Lopez in the 00s
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Lopez and her father David Lopez in the 00s

After three failed marriages and years of therapy, she worked on trying to love herself, which is really the message of these films.

She even admitted that at times she did not ‘think much of myself’ and it was hard to get over that.

Husband Ben Affleck also shares that there are not enough ‘likes’ on social media to heal that pain and Jennifer had to do the work herself.

He also mentioned lightly his own battle with alcohol as he said there is not enough alcohol in all the liquor stores in the world to take care of inner pain and the hard work had to be done.

The Hustlers actress  breaks down in tears many times during the documentary.

At one point she sobs over not being able to join ben on his press tour.

She says she feels like she works very hard only to just do an OK job – and that includes her career, marriage and kids. She has 16-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony,

She has stayed close with her siblings; seen at the Gucci Children's Collection event in 2010 in Beverly Hills
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She has stayed close with her siblings; seen at the Gucci Children’s Collection event in 2010 in Beverly Hills

Luckily Ben was able to prop her up and tell her she is a real talent which helped improve her self-confidence.

She said: ‘What he said and what he saw in me, and what he made me believe about myself, only comes from love.’

She added, through tears, ‘Because nobody else could have made me see that about myself. It’s very moving.

‘Because I didn’t think much about myself and so the world didn’t think much of me. That lined up.’

Jennifer, 54, and Ben, 51, were famously engaged in the early 2000s before breaking up, only to reunite – and later marry – in July 2022.

Jennifer also spoke about how Ben served as her muse for her new album and she had her team read handwritten love letters from Ben that inspired the record.

Her pal Jane Fonda , whom she met on the set of Monster-in-Law, had a cameo in her movie and is seen in the documentary telling Jennifer she hopes it works with Ben after adding JLo is indeed 'thirsty,' which makes the dancer laugh. Seen in 2011
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Her pal Jane Fonda , whom she met on the set of Monster-in-Law, had a cameo in her movie and is seen in the documentary telling Jennifer she hopes it works with Ben after adding JLo is indeed ‘thirsty,’ which makes the dancer laugh. Seen in 2011

She said: ‘We’re totally different people now and we’re the same and we have the same love 100 percent. Like I’d never fallen out of love with you. I had to just put it over here.’

Her crew member then responded: ‘It seems like it’s liberating in a sense because he loves every part of you but it’s not dependent on what this album is or anything.’

The couple’s love story started in 2002 when they dated while filming the movie Jersey Girl. They became engaged the following year but broke up in 2004.

Yet it was meant to be for the couple, known collectively as Bennifer, who found their way back to one another in July 2021, marrying just one year later.

They detailed the highs and lows of their rekindled romance in Jennifer’s new documentary, with Ben revealed he initially asked his wife to keep their relationship offline when they decided to give things another ago.

The hitmaker became emotional in the documentary as she spoke about her husband and how he has helped improve her self-confidence
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The hitmaker became emotional in the documentary as she spoke about her husband and how he has helped improve her self-confidence

She said: 'I had a broken heart once I lost the love of my life, my best friend, and I couldn't talk for so many years and that was the hardest part'
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She said: ‘What he said and what he saw in me, and what he made me believe about myself, only comes from love’

They are seen at home having fun together as they playfully bicker
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They are seen at home having fun together as they playfully bicker


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The couple’s love story started in 2002 (pictured) when they dated while filming the movie Jersey Girl. They became engaged the following year but broke up in 2004

While navigating their reconciliation, two decades following their first engagement, the two-time Oscar winner admitted he had zero interest in becoming a fixture on his wife’s social media accounts.

‘Getting back together, I said, Listen, one of the things I don’t want is a relationship on social media,’ the actor recalled.

‘Then I sort of realized it’s not a fair thing to ask. It’s sort of like, you’re gonna marry a boat captain and you go, “Well, I don’t like the water.”‘

He continued: ‘We’re just two people with different kinds of approaches trying to learn to compromise.’

Ultimately, Jennifer respected his wishes, and has only posted a small handful of snaps featuring him, including a raunchy shirtless photo last Father’s Day and a sweet video of them singing Sam Cooke’s (What A) Wonderful World in the car on his birthday.

During the documentary, the mother-of-two acknowledged Ben’s discomfort with stepping in the spotlight as a couple after facing intense media scrutiny when they first dated between 2002 and 2004.

‘I don’t think [Ben] is very comfortable with me doing all of this,’ she said. ‘But he loves me, he knows I’m an artist, and he’s gonna support me in every way he can because he knows you can’t stop me from making the music I made… he doesn’t want to stop me. But that doesn’t mean he’s comfortable being the muse.’

She shared that 'we both have PTSD' from their initial dating experience, but explained that in their present life as a married couple they're 'older' and 'wiser' (pictured in 2003)
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She shared that ‘we both have PTSD’ from their initial dating experience, but explained that in their present life as a married couple they’re ‘older’ and ‘wiser’ (pictured in 2003)

At the end of the docu she says she hopes she is a good mother to her twins Max and Emme, 16
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At the end of the docu she says she hopes she is a good mother to her twins Max and Emme, 16

She said of their reunion: ‘We’re totally different people now and we’re the same and we have the same love 100 percent. Like I’d never fallen out of love with you. I had to just put it over here.’

The couple got engaged near the end of 2002 but broke the engagement in late 2003 before ending their relationship entirely in 2004.

In the intervening years, Jennifer married and divorced her third ex-husband Marc Anthony, with whom she welcomed her  twins Max and Emme.

Meanwhile, Ben married and divorced Jennifer Garner, with whom he amicably co-parents three children – Violet, 18, Seraphina, 14, and Samuel, 11.

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