It has been no less than two decades since the Triple Threat released her second album J.Lo. called. and now she’s finally revealing who gave her that nickname first! After all, it’s no secret that Jennifer Lopez is also known as J.Lo.
Lopez is one of the very first celebrities to use a combination of their first and last names as a stage name.
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But how did it come about?
While chatting with InStyle, Jennifer Lopez recalled that it was none other than the late rapper Heavy D who nicknamed her J.Lo.!
At the time, Jen had already become a big name in the movie industry, appearing in 1977’s Selena and Anaconda.
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In 1999 she released her first album, which also took the music industry by storm.
“The name J.Lo came from Heavy D. He used to drop by the studio for my first album and he called me Jenny-Lo, Jennifer-Lo or J.Lo,” she tells the news outlet.
The result was, ‘When I was working on my second album (in 2001), I decided to call it J.Lo, and I think it really stuck then!’
Fellow actress Judy Greer, who Jen collaborated with on The Wedding Planner, shared with the same publication that “ Everyone on the set just called her Jen-Lo – there wasn’t a J.Lo. I’d like to think it all started there, on a soundstage in Glendale, CA. I’m sure this is not the case, but I can pretend I was there in the beginning. ‘
In that same interview, J.Lo. gushed about her career too, making it very clear that she loves what she does.
Of course, that includes her nickname.
‘I can honestly say that I am living a dream, and I am grateful every day that I wake up. I have tireless energy for what I do. ‘