Jennifer Lopez is opening up about battling moments of depression amid the coronavirus pandemic as surges continue to take place around the country.
In an interview with Spanish-language radio station El Zol 107.9, the 51-year-old mother of two said “everyone” in her household felt the depressing effects of the pandemic.
“I had a lot of moments where I felt really bad. My kids, too,” the actress and singer shared.
Living during a pandemic is something the Super Bowl LIV halftime show performer said hasn’t been “easy.”
“During this pandemic, I think everybody had a moment when they were depressed or they were scared about what was going to happen.”
Lopez also recalled a moment early on in the pandemic when her daughter came into her bedroom crying over the state of the world, and specifically the United States, as protests calling for Black equality were ongoing.
Her 12-year-old daughter Emme said, “Why is this happening? I miss my friends. Why is this happening in our life?”
Lopez didn’t sugarcoat the issues many are continuing to face.
“[I told her] sometimes things need to change and when things change, sometimes it hurts a bit. But it will always be for the good of everyone,” she said. “Sometimes you have to live those moments and you have to stay strong and grateful in those moments, because we have so much — we have our health, we’re together, we have love.”
Lopez said she turns to fitness during anxiety-ridden moments.
“It’s more important on the days that you feel bad that you get up and do something,” she shared, adding that at-home workouts and cooking can help “lift yourself up.”
“Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch and I realize it’s what I strive for in everything I do, to reach people, to touch people. I believe that’s what we all want, shared experiences, to know that we’re not in this alone,” the star said.