Shirley Manson Recounts Intense Meeting With J-Lo

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson told Girl On Guy’s Aisha Tyler about an early encounter with a pop star she’d spoken ill of to the media earlier in her career in a podcast interview released Thursday.

When Tyler asked Manson if she ever had a public moment where she thought she was going to say something “explosive” or incendiary to the media, she responded with this anecdote:

“One really stupid thing I said was, I kind of went after J-Lo. Which I do regret actually because I then met her many years later and I respect her, she’s hardcore. She’s a hard worker. She’s fought tooth and nail to do what she does for a living.” 

“But you know, I was young and dumb and I was contemptuous of her pop status … I was very rude about her in the press. I think I said something dreadful like ‘it just makes me want to punch her in the face.’ I literally said something that dreadful and then I later met her at a shoot for Vanity Fair and it was excruciatingly embarrassing. It taught me a lesson, you know.”

“This is my great J-Lo story which I tell everyone because it was so fucking awesome. I was standing with my back to the main set and she hadn’t arrived on set yet. And all I can say is, the energy changed. I turned around and there was J-Lo strutting towards me in all her glory. And I was thinking ‘oh fuck here we go, the fly girl is literally going to fight me.'”

“She just thrust out her hand and she said ‘Shirley’ and I said “Yep” and she went ‘Jennifer’ and I said ‘Hi Jennifer’ and I shook her hand. And then I kid you not she walked backwards and kept eye contact until I dropped my eyes and looked away.”

“I had so much respect for her after that.”

Manson’s 2002 Vanity Fair shoot where she was faced with the daunting alpha gaze of Jennifer Lopez

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