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Jennifer Lopez on Why She Almost Quit Hollywood for Good

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Today, Jennifer Lopez is known as one of the world's premier superstars—but, as she revealed in her new documentary, that almost wasn't the case.

Lopez opened up about wanting to leave Hollywood for good while speaking in Halftime, the Netflix documentary that explores her decades-spanning career as a giant in the entertainment industry.

As she rose to prominence in the 90s, she recalled that she "had really low self esteem" at the time due to the intense media scrutiny on her personal life, per NBC.

"No matter what I achieved, [the media's] appetite to cover my personal life overshadowed everything," she said. "I believed a lot of what they said, which is that I wasn't really good."

The film showed clips of various late night shows seemingly mocking Lopez and her relationship with Ben Affleck. The couple dated and were engaged in the early 2000s, though they later broke up in 2004. Affleck and Lopez have since reignited their romance last year.

Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images

Halftime is available to stream today on Netflix.

"Halftime offers an intimate peek behind the curtain revealing the grit and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is, from her performances onscreen and on stages around the world, to her Super Bowl halftime show, to the recent presidential inauguration," an official press release announcing the project read. "The documentary focuses on an international superstar who has inspired people for decades with her perseverance, creative brilliance, and cultural contributions. And it's only the beginning. Halftime serves as the kickoff to the second half of Lopez's life, as she lays bare her evolution as a Latina, a mother, and an artist, taking agency in her career and using her voice for a greater purpose."

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