A trio divided. Gloria Estefanforged separate friendships with Jennifer Lopez Shakira — which made headlines due to a performance at the 2020 Super Bowl.
Lopez and Shakira, co-headliners at the sporting event, opened up about their plans for celebrating Latin culture on the big evening. During an appearance The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in December 2019, the New York native teased that she and Shakira would “bring the flavor” to the Super Bowl.
The HustlersThe actress explained that the career milestone was on her birthday, which added an extra level of significance to the performance. “I feel that’s going to be great because [Shakira] also represents a really important part of the Latino community who lives in the U.S. — who’s being born and raised in the U.S. — and in a way, I feel that I’m representing another part of the Latin world, which is all those people around the globe who barely speak English and a huge portion of the demographic that also arrived in the U.S. with the American dream,” Lopez told Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 at the time.
She added: “I think this is gonna be an event to celebrate Latin culture and the importance of women also in the industry.”
Estefan, for her portion, publicly supported Lopez, Shakira, and others before the achievement. “I think it belongs to younger generations to come out there and kick some butt, and I think they’re going to do amazing. J. Lo and Shakira — it doesn’t get better than that,” she exclusively told Us WeeklyDecember 2019. “I think it belongs to younger generations to come out there and kick some butt, and I think they’re going to do amazing. J. Lo and Shakira — it doesn’t get better than that.”
Lopez addressed the difficulties she faced in June 2022 with the Super Bowl performance. Halftime documentary.
“We have six f—king minutes. We have 30 seconds of a song, and if we take a minute, that’s it, we’ve got five left. But there’s got to be certain songs that we sing, though. We need to have our singing moments. It’s not going to be a dance f—king revue,” the actress said in the film. “We have to sing our message. … This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world.”
During the Halftime film, viewers were also offered a glimpse at Lopez and Shakira’s collaboration process. “They said 12 minutes. I got kind of a good confirmation that we could have an extra minute or two, so now we’re at, like, 13, 14 minutes,” the Marry me star detailed. “I think, Shakira, what we should have is you should have half the time and I should [have half]. They should have given us 20 seconds if it was going to be a headliner with two headliners. That’s what they should’ve f—king done.”
That same month, Estefan seemingly threw some shade at Lopez’s comments about having to split her time on stage. “OK, and imagine what J. Lo would have said, if I were the third [performer]! I literally would come out, done ‘Shake Your Body’ [and ‘Conga’]Out. It was their moment. Plus, I didn’t want to go on a diet in December,” Estefan said on Andy Cohen Live: Watch What HappensAfter she confirmed that she did not accept an offer to participate,
Scroll down for a breakdown of Estefan’s friendships with Shakira and Lopez respectively: