Proving she’ll always be Jenny from the Block to him, Matt Lauer took a casual but no-nonsense approach to an interview with Jennifer Lopez on Monday’s “Today” show. Although the two shared some good-natured jabs – starting with Lopez joking that Lauer stiffed her on an interview the last time she was on the show – Matt didn’t veer away from the serious stuff, despite J-Lo’s obvious discomfort.
After a few softball questions about her World’s Most Beautiful Woman title and why she took so long to decide about her “American Idol” return (she was “tired” from live TV), Lauer went straight for the personal question on everyone’s mind: why she and ex Marc Anthony chose to work together on their new Univision show, “Q’Viva: The Chosen.”
“Marc and I were friends before we got married,” Lopez said. “We were friends for years, and we always loved each other. And we always worked together, so it wasn’t an unnatural thing for us to continue working together. And, obviously, we have children together, so it’s not going to be like he’s not in my life. He’s always going to be in my life.”
Lopez confessed that the two still share uncomfortable moments, but that there is “real love there.”
Despite the fact that Lopez appeared uneasy, Lauer continued to press on, quoting an interview Lopez gave to Vanity Fair about her split with Anthony. “Matt, I wanna kill you right now,” Lopez said, cutting him off. “I didn’t steal your diary,” Lauer quipped. “This is from an interview you gave!”
“I know!” Lopez responded, looking straight at the camera and shaking her head. “But why do you always have to bring it up?!
“I said everything I needed to say about the divorce in that article,” Lopez continued, declining to elaborate any further. “Look, at the end of the day it’s not the easiest thing in the world, but we’re human,” she said. “We handled it ['Q'Viva'] with a lot of grace and a lot of caring…and a lot of love.”