Jennifer Lopez has revealed that she left home after an argument with her mother and slept on a couch in a dance studio before she became a professional dancer.
Lopez, who has 5-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, told W Magazine: “'My mom and I butted heads.
"I didn't want to go to college - I wanted to try dance full-time. So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, 'This is what I have to do.'
"A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked 'In Living Color'. I became a Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year.''
Despite getting a break into the music industry and living on her own, Lopez admits she didn’t enjoy her new-found freedom initially. She said: 'I hated L.A. I was asking, 'Where's the store for milk? Don't you guys walk on the street?'
Now I love Los Angeles, but it doesn't give me strength the way the Bronx did. All the strength that I needed for life, I got from that neighbourhood.''
Jennifer Lopez recently recieved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
However, despite the opulent lifestyle the Dance Again singer now enjoys, Lopez is determined to pass on her work ethic and ambition to her children.
She explained: “I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I've learned something about kids - they don't do what you say; they do what you do. I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us.
"My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn't let them down. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.
''I can remember dancing and singing in front of the mirror in my bedroom. I've always had dreams - the dreams have just gotten bigger.''