Jennifer Lopez slams NFL for sharing halftime scene with Shakira: ‘Worst idea in the world’

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Jennifer Lopez wasn’t happy with the NFL’s decision to have her share the stage at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show with Shakira.

Lopez’s frustrations with the NFL have been documented in her upcoming Netflix documentary, “Halftime.”

“It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people for the Super Bowl,” Lopez told her music manager (via Sports Illustrated). “It was the worst idea in the world.”

The “Let’s Get Loud” singer was particularly frustrated with the time constraints of having two headliners.

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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“We’ve got six fucking minutes. We’ve got 30 seconds of a song, and if we take a minute, that’s it, we’ve got five left,” Lopez said in the documentary. “But, there’s got to be certain songs that we sing, though. We’ve got to have our singing moments. It’s not gonna be some fucking dance revue. We’ve got to sing our message.”

The singer’s manager, Bobby Medina, also had his frustrations with the NFL and the decision to have two 2020 halftime headliners.

“Typically you have a headliner at a Super Bowl,” Medina said in the documentary. “This headliner is building a show, and if they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice. It was an insult to say that you needed two Latinas to do the job that one artist has done historically.”

“If it was going to be a double headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez said in the documentary. “That’s what they should have done.”

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform during halftime at Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform during halftime at Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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The NFL also attempted to have Lopez’s performance with the kids in cages removed from the show.

“We left rehearsal and I noticed everyone was freaking out, but I don’t know why,” Lopez said. “I get a call from Benny, and he says, ‘They want to remove the cages.’ That night, the top NFL brass saw him for the first time, and they were like, ‘Hey, you can’t do this.'”

However, Lopez went along with the idea anyway.

“Halftime” premiered June 8 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary will be available to viewers on June 14.

“‘Halftime’ offers an intimate glimpse behind the curtain revealing the grit and determination that made Jennifer Lopez the icon she is, from her performances on screen and on stages around the world, to her mid -time from the Super Bowl, to the recent presidential inauguration,” said a press release from the Tribeca Film Festival.

"It's the worst idea in the world to have two people doing the Super Bowl," Lopez told her music manager (via Sports Illustrated).

“It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people for the Super Bowl,” Lopez told her music manager (via Sports Illustrated).
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“The documentary focuses on an international superstar who has inspired people for decades with his perseverance, creative genius and cultural contributions. And this is just the beginning.”

The documentary gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at Lopez’s life and struggles to be “taken seriously” as an actress and performer.

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