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Jennifer Lopez Gets Emotional as She Reveals She Was 'Manhandled' While Recalling 'Unsavory' Past Relationships

Lopez reflects on past romances in her new documentary 'The Greatest Love Story Never Told,' which follows the making of 'This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story'

<p>Getty Images</p> Jennifer Lopez in 2022

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Jennifer Lopez in 2022

Jennifer Lopez is looking back on her romantic history and how she's grown.

In her new Amazon Prime Video documentary The Greatest Love Story Never Told — which follows the making of her original musical film, This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story, both streaming now — Lopez opens up about past experiences from which she had to move on.

The topic comes to light while the actress-singer, 54, discusses filming scenes for her song "Rebound," which appears on her new album This Is Me ... Now. In the scene, Lopez and a love interest in the film perform a choreographed dance routine, suggesting domestic violence in a toxic relationship.

"I'm glad that one's behind us," Lopez is seen saying later, as she walks from the set to her trailer.

Related: Jennifer Lopez Reveals She Self-Funded This Is Me...Now Musical Film: 'Everybody Thought I Was Crazy'

<p>Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty</p> Jennifer Lopez at the Feb. 13 premiere of 'This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story'

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Jennifer Lopez at the Feb. 13 premiere of 'This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story'

Later, she gets emotional during a car ride when she's asked about shooting that particular storyline.

"Being thrown around and manhandled like that is not fun," Lopez says. "I was never in a relationship where I got beat up, thank God, but I've definitely been manhandled and a couple of other unsavory things...rough...disrespectful."

In the next scene, Lopez is at home and on a call with her longtime friend and producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, whom she tells of the emotional toll the project has taken on her.

"More than anything, it's really a vulnerable place to be in every day. That's why I go to work every day, and I'm like, 'What am I doing?'" Lopez says.

Goldsmith-Thomas responds, telling Lopez: "It's a personal journey ... that will relate to so many women who are abused ... You're talking about how we accept less than we deserve."

Lopez doesn't name who "manhandled" her. But throughout the documentary, she says that the film is an amalgam of her experiences in love and dating and illustrates her journey to self-love.

"There were people in my life who said, 'I loved you,' and then didn't do things that were kind of in line with the word love," Lopez says earlier in the documentary. ""You have to hit rock bottom, where you're in situations that are so uncomfortable and so painful that you finally go, 'I don't want this anymore.' A therapist said to me, 'What if this was your daughter? What would you do?' And it was so clear. I was like, I'd tell her, 'Get the f--- out of here, never look back.' But for me it was so clouded and so complicated with so much of my past and my own pain and hurt and dysfunction, that I couldn't see clearly. It was like looking through fog."

Today, Lopez is happier than ever with husband Ben Affleck, who appears in both the original musical film and the documentary and who inspired much of This Is Me ... Now, the album.

Related: Breaking Down All of Jennifer Lopez's This Is Me ... Now Lyrics About Ben Affleck: 'We in It for Life'

<p>Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty</p> Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez at the February 2024 premiere of 'This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story'

Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez at the February 2024 premiere of 'This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story'

The A-list pair first began dating in 2002 and got engaged that same year before before postponing their wedding in 2003 and splitting in January 2004. Lopez and Affleck finally found their way back together in April 2021 and got married in July 2022.

“I think I was angry at you for a long time,” she tells him in the documentary. “But that heartbreak set both of us on a course to figuring ourselves out to being better people. I think I’ve forgiven you all the way. I think I need to forgive myself [for] some things.”

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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