The newly-single singer/actress posed for the magazine in a shoot by Mario Testino while talking about her breakup, current state of mind and lifelong attachment to Anthony.
Set to hit newsstands in New York and L.A. on Wednesday, August 3 and nationally on Tuesday, August 9, highlights from Miss Lopez’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Vanity Fair.
On desperately wanting married life to work out:
“That was my biggest dream, and I really worked hard at it. We both did. Sometimes it doesn’t work—and that’s sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love,” Lopez says. “It’s still my biggest dream. I am positive—determined to move forward with my life, bring up my babies, and do the best job I can as a mother, entertainer, and person. I now look forward to new challenges. I feel strong.”
On the passage that has brought her to her current state of mind:
I’m a hopeless romantic and passionate person when it comes to love. It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself—if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now.”
On ex-husband Marc Anthony holding a special place in her heart:
“I will always respect Marc as a singer and performer. We actually work great together, and he was always very supportive. Together we could make magic—and we did. He will always be in our lives. He will always hold a special place in my heart as the father of my children.”