- Gloria Estefan appeared to shade Jennifer Lopez’s comments about performing at the 2020 Super Bowl with Shakira.
- “Imagine what J.Lo would’ve said if I would’ve been a third?” Estefan laughed.
- She said she was asked to join them but didn’t want to “diet in December.”
Gloria Estefan appeared to shade Jennifer Lopez’s comments about sharing the stage with Shakira for the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show on Tuesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live!”
Host Andy Cohen asked Estefan to share her thoughts on the fact that Lopez said in her new
documentary “Halftime” that it was the “worst idea in the world” to have two Latina singers share the stage and split about 14 minutes of performance time. In response, Estefan said, “Look, this is the bottom line. You have very little time, like 12 minutes or something, to get things on and off the set.”
“So, could you do it one person? Yes,” she continued. “But I think they wanted to throw a Miami and Latin extravaganza and they tried to pack in as much as possible. And they killed it. That was an amazing show.”
When Cohen asked if she was approached to perform during the show too, Estefan appeared to throw a little bit of shade. “Imagine what J.Lo would’ve said if I would’ve been a third?” the Cuban American singer laughed.
“I would literally have come out, like, ‘Come and shake your body,’ and out,” she continued.
Estefan was raised in Miami and rose to fame as the lead singer of The Miami Sound Machine, so it would have made sense for her to perform. But she said she rejected the offer because “it’s their moment” and “I’ve done a couple of Super Bowls.”
Plus, she added, “I didn’t want to go on a diet in December.”
While Estefan made light of the comments, Netflix’s Lopez documentary “Halftime,” released earlier this month, made it clear that it’s against precedent for the NFL to ask two singers to share performance time. As Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina pointed out, one performer is usually allowed to choose if they have guests or not.
“Typically, you have one headliner at a Super Bowl,” Medina said in “Halftime.”
“That headliner constructs a show, and, should they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice. It was an insult to say you needed two Latinas to do the job that one artist historically has done,” he continued.
Representatives for the NFL didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s previous request for comment regarding Lopez’s and Medina’s remarks on the halftime show.