June 19, 2014


Jennifer Lopez Tells the Story Behind "First Love"

Jennifer Lopez put tons of work into "First Love," from getting the song down on the page to recording it to the glam, '90s-inspired video that accompanies it. She recently opened up to Fuse about the process behind "First Love" and its video.

First, J. Lo waited on famed songwriter and producer Max Martin, who's known for his work with the boybands of the '90s (Backstreet Boys*NSYNC) and Britney Spears. "I had really wanted to work with Max for many, many years, and it just never happened," she says. "For [A.K.A.], I was like, 'I want to work with you.' I met with him in the summertime, and he was like, 'I'm just going off to do Adele's album!' or somebody he works with all the time. I was like, 'When are you back?' ... I was like, 'I'll wait for you.'"

After that, the song had J.Lo hankerin' for a visual fit for a supermodel—one with a "Herb Ritts-esque" style, to be specific. She loved the romantic feel of the song and its "celebratory" vibe, and it was important for the vid to roll with that positivity. 

"Just the title, 'First Love,' you think of so many different visuals that can go with that," she says. "The song gives you a feeling more than anything, because it's gonna mean so many different things for so many different people. It's not about your first love; it's just, 'I wish you were the person I had met early and then I wouldn't have had to go through all these things.' I just think that was such a beautiful sentiment."