NEW YORK –– NBC News’ Special Anchor Maria Shriver sat down with global superstar Jennifer Lopez for an exclusive interview that will air in two parts on NBC's TODAY Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4. Lopez talked to Shriver about her new memoir “True Love” and what her life has been like living single for the first time. In her book, available November 4 in English and Spanish, Lopez writes about her emotional journey battling heartbreak and low self-esteem. Lopez told Shriver: “I'm open to love, but right now, I think it's better to just be on my own for a minute and learn more about myself.”
Additionally, Lopez will be live with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, November 4 at 10 a.m. ET.
Excerpts from the interview follow. If used, please credit NBC's TODAY with air dates of Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4. The video will be available on TODAY.com after the interview airs.
Have you worked to figure out why you felt you were unworthy of love?
It's still a work in progress for me. It's how you feel as a child, you know? Being a middle child and kind of being invisible sometimes, or you know, trying to get the attention. So what did I do? I overachieved. I was the one who ran track and I won medals every weekend. Or I was the one who would go on the show and steal the show. And that would give me confidence. But there was a part of me that just wanted love, that she felt like she wasn't worthy of the love.
Right away when you broke up with Ben Affleck, Marc Anthony was there like 2 days later, and you were in.
Right, you're absolutely right. It was probably my first big heartbreak, and to have one of my best friends who I'd known for years who I actually love and did have chemistry with come into my life and say, I'm here. What you need to know is, nobody can save you or heal you. Only you can do that for you.
I'm open to love, but right now, I think it's better to just be on my own for a minute and learn more about myself.
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