Jennifer Lopez has apparently rubbed Rosie Perez the wrong way over the years. Now, all of the details about their contention are coming to the light.
According to US Weekly, Perez, who recently published her memoir Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, had a lot to say about her apparent, on-going feud with the singer-actress.
The tell-all memoir recounts a number of events that have occurred between the two over a 23-year span.
The accounts that Perez shares definitely reveal that the two weren’t the best of friends.
The New York Post has released excerpts from the new book, which is scheduled to be released on Feb. 25.
The book revealed that the two Puerto Rican dancer-actresses initially met during the In Living Color open casting call for the show’s memorable Fly Girls. Perez was actually the famed head choreographer behind the show’s dance group.
She also stated that her influence was one of the reasons that Lopez was selected, as she convinced the sketch comedy television series creator Keenan Ivory Wayans to pick her.
While Lopez has always accredited Wayans for her Fly Girl breakthrough, Perez begs to differ. The Fearless actress claims that Lopez was actually “chubby and corny.”
However, Wayans has also shared his perspective of the American Idol judge. Back in 2010, Wayans made a cameo on VH1’s Behind the Music segment on Lopez. He stated that he immediately noticed that Lopez had star potential. He also recalled one of the memorable moments where she exuded that star quality he spoke of.
“I’d been there hours and seen every dancer in New York, and then this young girl steps up and a spotlight landed on her and she captivated everyone in the room,” Wayans recalled. “He just saw something in me,” Lopez confirmed. “He would always tell me, ‘You’re going to be a big star.'”
Although both Lopez and Wayans were on one accord, Perez shared more detailed accounts to further explain her disdain for the Maid in Manhattan actress. She revealed that Lopez had difficulty remaining amicable with most of the Fly Girls during her time on In Living Color. Perez claims Lopez didn’t initially connect with the other girls, as her “inner diva” was quite evident from the start.
“All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage,” Perez recalled. She even recounted one squabble in particular with Lopez where she claims things got out of hand between her and the Grammy-nominated singer.
Perez took things a step further in her memoir with a more blatant indignation saying that Lopez quickly dropped the “sweet girl act” and “went off” on her like “some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest.”
Perez even recalled the verbal sparring match between the two. “You pick on me, me and only me, every f**king day! Every f**king day!,” Lopez exasperatingly shouted. “I work my ass off, deliver and you keep pushing me aside, treating me like s**t! I know I’m good! I’m better than any of these girls, and you know it.”
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life should be quite an interesting read. Lopez has not released any comments in reference to the book.