Her 7-year marriage may have crumbled, and she's nowfacing a new life as a single mother to two young children, but -- in her firstinterview since announcing that she and Marc Anthony are getting divorced --Jennifer Lopez tells Vanity Fair that she truly believes in love. "It's still my biggest dream," she says in the magazine's September issue.
The pop star, actress, and "American Idol"judge insists that she and her estranged husband both tried at theirrelationship, but in the end they simply didn't succeed. "I really workedhard at it. We both did. Sometimes it doesn't work -- and that's sad," sheexplains. "But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I am positive --determined to move forward with my life, bring up my babies, and do the bestjob I can as a mother, entertainer, and person. I now look forward to newchallenges. I feel strong."
Since the couple called it quits last month, reports haveemerged of Anthony -- a fellow musician -- being an envious and controllinghusband, going so far as to have the final say over his wife's wardrobechoices. Lopez doesn't confirm those details, but hints at the fact that she,indeed, deserved better. "Sometimes we don't realize that we arecompromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, orthat that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doingthe right thing for himself -- if I stay, then I am not doing the right thingfor me," she says. "I love myself enough to walk away from thatnow."
Still, Lopez, 42, also remembers the good times,including the fact that 3-year-old twins, Emme and Max, were a result of theirunion. "I will always respect Marc as a singer and performer," sheinsists in the interview. "We actually work great together, and he wasalways very supportive. Together we could make magic -- and we did. He willalways be in our lives. He will always hold a special place in my heart as thefather of my children."