Jennifer Lopez: I Was Homeless When I Started Dancing Full-Time

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No matter how successful she gets, she really is still "Jenny from the Block."

Jennifer Lopez, 43, recently visited her childhood home in the Bronx for the August cover of W Magazine and gave the readers a candid peek into the tougher times of her life before she was a megastar.

The "Love Don't Cost A Thing" singer admitted she was a bit nervous about her return to the place she grew up, citing that the last time she was there was when her "mom and dad called us home to tell us that they were separating after 33 years of marriage."

Lopez also reminisced about moving out of her house at age 18 to pursue dancing full-time and forgo college, something that didn't pay off at first and caused a rift between Jennifer and her mother Guadalupe.

"…she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio," the mother of twins Max and Emme, both 5, said. "I was homeless, but I told her, 'This is what I have to do.'"

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But the "Wedding Planner" star didn't remain homeless for long.

"A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked "In Living Color." I became a Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year," she added.

Still looking back, Lopez was forthcoming about her respect for her parents and what they did to put food on the table.

"My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us," she said. "My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school."

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Lopez is dating former back-up dancer Casper Smart, 26, after splitting from ex-husband and father to her children Marc Anthony in 2011. In the past she's also dated music mogul Sean Combs and Oscar-winner Ben Affleck.