Jennifer Lopez has spoken up for the first time since Gwyneth Paltrow made shocking revelations about her husband Ben Affleck’s sexual prowess.
On Thursday’s episode of The View, the Jenny From The Block singer, 53, talked openly about her husband and praised how he raises their combined children.
‘He’s a fantastic parent,’ she added of her husband Ben, 50. My eyes well up with tears. He is, without a doubt, the finest father I’ve ever seen. He’s so engaged that he occasionally teaches me how to connect with the kids.’
Her heartfelt tribute to her husband comes just days after Gwyneth, 50, astonished fans by comparing her two A-list exes, Brad Pitt and Ben, admitting that the latter was ‘technically superior in bed, but the former edges out as the greater actor.
She dated Brad since 1994, but they ended their engagement in 1997 because she believed she was too young for marriage at the age of 24. She went on to enjoy a three-year romance with Ben, who just married Jennifer.
Following Gwyneth’s remarks, Jennifer chose to focus on his qualities as a parent rather than his sexual prowess.
Jennifer and Ben merged their families after marrying last year.
With her ex-husband Marc Anthony, she has 15-year-old twins Emme and Max, and Ben has Violet, 17, Seraphina, 14, Samuel, 11, from his marriage to Jennifer Garner.
Jennifer described him as a “present, loving father who cares,” adding, “He’s an amazing father.” My eyes well up with tears. He is, without a doubt, the finest father I’ve ever seen. He’s so active that he occasionally teaches me how to deal with the kids…
‘He’s just so tuned in, he’s such a clever person anyway, he’s so knowledgeable in so many areas, and you can just see after he’s had his kids, he read every book and everything you could possibly learn about children, and he uses it…
‘He is there, and that’s all you can ask for: a present, loving father who cares and shows up every day, and that’s who he is.’
Gwyneth was put on the position earlier this week during a Call Her Daddy podcast interview with Alex Cooper.
Giving a series of candid replies, Gwyneth responded who was best in the bedroom, saying: ‘That’s extremely hard. Because Brad was like your primary chemistry love at the moment. Ben was then like, “Technically excellent.”
‘I can’t believe my kid is paying attention to this.’
When asked who she thought was the greater actor of the two, she remarked, ‘They’re both very good. Ben is also an excellent writer and director. But I think I’d have to say acting on my own, Brad. Because, when you consider all of the numerous parts he’s played.’
Aside from the amusing remarks, Jennifer said that it has been tough to see her children ‘individuate’ themselves from her.
‘I’m feeling it now, we’re all experiencing it for the first time with our own children, and you’re just like “Oh, this is what she was talking about,” she added…
‘This is the moment when your kids don’t want to speak to you, and they’re separating from you, and it’s all necessary, and intellectually I get it. However, my heart! ‘Oh, my heart!’
Jennifer’s film career has flourished outside of her home life; she will appear in the forthcoming film The Mother, which will be released on Netflix on May 12.
Jennifer plays an assassin desperate to do whatever to keep her small daughter safe in the action picture.
Jennifer stood up to the task with plenty of training. ‘That was one of those ones where you really have to train a lot, where you really have to do the fight training and you really have to do the sniper training… It was a lot of fun, but it was also a lot of work,’ she said.
While Jennifer, who is now in her early 50s, wishes she had earned more of these kind of parts when she was younger, she still describes it as a ’empowering’ experience.
‘And it’s funny, you know, I wish I had gotten a lot of these sorts of jobs that I’m getting now when I was a little bit more, you know, spry.’Let’s just say he’s a little younger. And it’s amazing to be able to do that now; I believe it’s empowering for me and makes me feel powerful and happy.’
The Jenny From The Block singer explained how her dancing experience aided her in learning the combat routines.
‘It was ordinary fighting practice, but it was scripted. You must be efficient; I cannot fight eight hours a day. After an hour, I say, OK!
‘So they had to be very efficient, and we choreographed almost like a dance, which is wonderful for me because I’m a dancer, so I can sort of do it step by step and just learn it from there,’ explains the author.