Jennifer Lopez has been lauded by fans after introducing her child Emme using gender-neutral pronouns during a performance at the LA Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala last week.
The pair duetted on Thursday (June 16), with the 52-year-old songstress saying it was “a very special occasion” as she introduced the 14-year-old to the stage.
J.Lo said: “The last time we performed together was in a big stadium like this and I ask them to sing with me all the time, and they won’t. So this is a very special occasion.”
Here Mirror Online takes a look at J-Lo’s family life and how her two children are still the centre of her world – despite her superstar status.
Jennifer is a proud mum-of-two to Emme and their twin Maximilian, who feature in her new Netflix documentary Halftime which charters her journey to performing at the Super Bowl with Shakira in 2020.
She shares her children with ex-husband Marc Anthony.
On Thursday, Jennifer and Emme performed Christina Perri ‘s A Thousand Years, with Emme using a rainbow coloured microphone.
Many fans then praised the superstar on Twitter for respecting her child’s pronouns.
One person said: “The best parents love and support their kids – go JLO and Emme!”
Another fan wrote: “JLo introducing her bby Emme as “they” was so beautiful. I love seeing parents being supportive and respectful of their childrens pronouns.”
A third Tweeted: “Emme has a lot of talent ! They/them is incredible! What pride in your eyes @jlo when you sing together,” while another said: “Jlo is a wonderful mother and overall human being! She keeps raising the bar for all of us.”
It’s not the first time Emme has performed on stage with J-Lo.
During the Super Bowl, the teen sang a verse of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA and the introduction of Let’s Get Loud.
Of being a mum, J-Lo previously said: “They just made my life so much better. I’m forever grateful that … you know, I didn’t have kids until later and so I almost thought that it wasn’t going to happen for me, so I’m very aware that I was blessed with that.
“It could have been something different. I don’t take it for granted one day.”
Jennifer and Marc, 53, married in 2004, just five months after the Jenny from the Block singer ended her relationship with Ben Affleck.
Marc and Jennifer welcomed their twins after four years of marriage.
They separated in July 2011 and finalised their divorce in June 2014. Speaking in her new documentary Halftime, Jennifer said she felt “devalued” following the divorce.
She said: “As an artist, I lost a little bit of who I was while trying to build a perfect family life.
“At 42, movie roles weren’t knocking on my door. As I was getting back to work, I really felt like I didn’t know what my value was anymore.”
Jennifer has since rekindled her romance with 49-year-old Ben, but remains on good terms with Marc, as they continue to co-parent their children.
Ben and J.Lo were originally in a very public relationship from 2002 to 2004 and were quickly dubbed “Bennifer” by the media.
The pair were due to tie the knot in 2003 but postponed the ceremony just one day before their scheduled date. They blamed the postponement on “excessive media attention”.
In a joint statement, they said: “We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised.
“We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends.”
Ben has three of his own children – Seraphina, 13, Samuel, 10 and Violet, 16, – with ex Jennifer Garner, 50.
All parents are now working to adapt to life as a blended family, with Jennifer recently sharing a sweet Father’s Day tribute to Ben.
Writing on her popular newsletter OnTheJLo, she said: “I have had a front row seat to watching how you father for over a year now and I have never seen [a] more consistent, loving and selfless father.”
“It’s not just to your own kids but also without obligation to mine as well. You show up and put them first always. You are affectionate and engaged in every moment they are with you,” she added.
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