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MTV Movie and TV Awards 2022: Jennifer Lopez thanks haters in tearful speech

Jennifer Lopez gave a ‘different kind’ of speech as she picked up the generation award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards 2022.

The 52-year-old was celebrated on Sunday night for her incredible career from a musician to a big screen icon.

Taking to the stage at the Barker Hanger in LA, the Marry Me actress broke down while taking a moment to thank those who told her that she wouldn’t ever be successful, over the course of her life.

‘I look at those movies and I see all the wonderful people that I’ve been blessed to know and to work with,’ she told the star-studded audience. ‘You’re only as good as the people that you work with.

‘If you’re lucky, they make you better. And I have been very lucky in that regard. As an actor, I’m not any of the women that I’ve played, but there’s a part of what is deeply true to me in each one of those characters.

‘And since you cannot create truth unless you’ve really lived it, I have a different kind of list of thank-yous tonight. I want to thank all the people who gave me this life. I want to thank the people who gave me joy, and the ones who broke my heart.’

Jennifer Lopez became emotional as she hit the stage in LA (Picture: Getty)
JLO was on hand to take home the MTV generation award (Picture: Getty)

‘The ones who were true and the ones who lied to me. I want to thank true love,’ she continued, becoming emotional. ‘And I want to thank the way that I lied to myself, because that’s how I knew that I had to grow. 

‘I want to thank disappointment and failure for teaching me to be strong and my children for teaching me to love. 

‘I want to thank all the people who told me to my face, or when I wasn’t in the room, that I couldn’t do this. I really don’t think I could have done it without you. And I know I couldn’t have done it without the fans.’

She offered a shout-out to her haters as she was honored on the big night (Picture: Getty)
She ended the speech with a message to husband-to-be, Ben Affleck(Picture: AFP)

After thanking her long-time manager, Benny Medina, Jennifer gave a rare shout-out to fiancé Ben Affleck and her family.

‘Ben and everybody at home, wait for me to have dinner! I’ll be home at 7pm,’ she yelled before running off the stage, probably to beat the traffic and make the first course.

Not content with dominating the music charts and the box office – often at the same time – Jenny from the Block herself will be giving fans a glimpse into her private life in upcoming documentary, Halftime.

The Netflix special will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on June 8 before landing on the streaming platform on June 14, and promises to be a rollercoaster.

A teaser for the documentary recently dropped, showing Jennifer sob after she learned that she has been snubbed for an Oscar nomination, for her role in Hustlers.

She earned rave reviews for her performance as stripper Ramona but managed to miss out on a nomination for best supporting actress at the 2020 ceremony.

Instead, Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Florence Pugh (Little Women) and Margot Robbie (Bombshell) were mentioned in the category, with Laura eventually taking home the coveted gong.

Elsewhere, viewers were given an intimate look into her reunion with Ben, who also features in the special.

Halftime will be available to stream on Netflix on June 14.

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