Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez has hit back at constant reports suggesting she is a diva, insisting it is a label she does not deserve.
Lopez, 46, has built a huge career out of singing and acting, but her stellar success has prompted some to repeatedly brand her “difficult” or “prima donna”, reported Us magazine.
“I got a moniker of being ‘the diva,’ which I never felt I deserved – which I don’t deserve – because I’ve always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I’m supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success,” she said.
The “Maid in Manhattan” star added she would often feel “crippled” to voice her opinion and felt the need to stand up for herself in a male-dominated environment.
“Certain directors and the boys’ club that they form can make you feel like, ‘Oh, I can’t say anything,’” she continued.
“I was always fascinated by how I could see (a man) being late or being belligerent to a crew and it being totally acceptable; meanwhile, I’d show up 15 minutes late and be berated. And you watch this happen over and over and over again.”