Jennifer Lopez graces the cover of the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
She is in love, and not afraid to admit it—or, as fans around the world now know, belt it from the rooftops. “Could you be the one without a doubt? Could I be for your keepin’?” she crooned at a concert in Minneapolis the night before the Super Bowl, where she debuted her newest song, the aptly titled “Us.”
Photographs by Mariano Vivanco.
During the performance, which took place on her one-year anniversary of dating former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, she treated the crowd to a personal serenade. “I don’t want to get all mushy or anything,” she said, locking eyes with him in the crowd. “But, baby, this song’s for you. I love you.”
When Lopez first heard the lyrics to the song, written by Poo Bear and produced by Skrillex, she says she felt a visceral connection. “They played me about 20 different songs, and when I heard this one I was like, ‘Oh, this is relevant!’ Alex and I were just getting to know each other. And I was like, ‘Oh, my God, could this be? Could this be us?’ ” Neither the song—nor the joy on Lopez’s face as she delivered the dedication—did much to quell the engagement rumors that have swirled around the couple since they went public with their relationship last spring.
Asked whether she would consider tying the knot again, she chooses her words carefully. “I do believe in marriage,” she says. “And I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I’m not forcing anything right now. It’s good, it’s healthy; we communicate well. We understand each other’s lives in a way that most other people couldn’t. We both entered the public eye in our early 20s and overachieved right from the start. And that affects every dynamic in your life, from your family to your work to your relationships. We have a similar makeup.”
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