J-Lo’s mum told her she could even be US President

Updated: Jul 11, 2011, 15:36 PM IST

London: Jennifer Lopez has said that her ‘exuberance and love of music’ come from her mother, who taught her that she could do anything that she wanted to do - even be President of the United States.

Born in the Bronx, a poor area of New York, Lopez was virtually broke when first living in Hollywood.

“My mother, Guadalupe, taught me all about clean living. I have never taken a drug, never smoked a cigarette and do not drink at all. My mother embedded it all in to us when we were young.

"Those basic values were drummed into my head: "Be good. Work hard. Do the right thing. Don``t hurt anybody."

"My exuberance and love of music came from my mum. Home alone at night, she``d entertain us. Mostly things from her own childhood, like The Shirelles, The Ronettes and The Supremes.

"She``d sing. We would act out plays or watch musicals. She loved the movie West Side Story and knew it by heart. I think maybe Mum was a frustrated entertainer and I am living her dream.

"My mum taught me that I could do anything I wanted to do - even be President of the United States. My sisters feel exactly the same about life.

"I now want to be as good a mum to my children as my mother was to me,” she added.