‘The Fosters’: Jennifer Lopez Reveals Why She Become A Producer

“I knew my name being associated would bring attention to it and also create controversy because of the subject matter."


Jennifer Lopez says she signed on to become an executive producer of THE FOSTERS as a tribute to her late, gay aunt.

“My mother’s sister was gay,” she revealed in an interview with Ellen Degeneres today. “She passed away a couple of years ago from cancer.”

JLo didn’t conceive the hit ABC Family drama about a lesbian couple and their five children, but says she jumped at the chance to use her star power to help get it made.

“I knew my name being associated would bring attention to it and also create controversy because of the subject matter.”

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“It is one of those things where you go, ‘Do I do this?’  Some people are going to criticize it.  At the end of the day I can only go with my heart and my gut.

‘She was my favorite aunt.  She was the cool aunt who lived in New York City and kind of like I wish[ed] I had her life.

And I thought ‘This would be such a great thing to do in her memory because she did have a tough time with growing up and being gay.’

The season finale of THE FOSTERS airs Monday night at 9:00 PM on ABC Family.

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