Jennifer Lopez was surprised by the reaction following her decision to change her last name following her wedding to famous actor Ben Affleck.
The couple got married earlier this year, almost two decades after their first engagement, with their new chapter officially beginning in July with their wedding in Las Vegas.
“People are still going to call me Jennifer Lopez,” JLo told Vogue.
“But my legal name will be Mrs. Affleck because we’re joined together. We’re husband and wife. I’m proud of that. I don’t think that’s a problem.
“It feels like it’s a power move, you know what I mean?
“I’m very much in control of my own life and destiny and feel empowered as a woman and as a person. I can understand that people have their feelings about it, and that’s OK, too. But if you want to know how I feel about it, I just feel like it’s romantic. It still carries tradition and romance to me, and maybe I’m just that kind of girl.”
A special person
The famous signer went on to claim that Affleck is a very special person for her, making clear that their relationship is stronger after they managed to reconnect.
“I never shied away from the fact that for me, I always felt like there was a real love there, a true love there,” Lopez added.
“People in my life know that he was a very, very special person in my life. When we reconnected, those feelings for me were still very real.
“All we’ve ever wanted was to kind of come to a place of peace in our lives where we really felt that type of love that you feel when you’re very young and wonder if you can have that again. Does it exist? Is it real?
“All those questions that I think everyone has. You go through all these relationships, and you’re searching and you’re connecting and you’re disconnecting with people, and you’re like, God, is this just what life is? But the journey to that is the mystery for everybody.”