"I've been in battle with her for years."
That's what J.Lo's ex-husband Ojani Noa said when he appeared on the Univision talk show, "Sal Y Pimienta" earlier this week to plug -- well, his past relationship with Lopez.
Noa, a former model and restaurant owner who didn't announce any new projects during his appearance on the show, was asked if he sent Lopez a text for her recent birthday (she turned 43 on July 24th) and he replied, "To be clear, no. It has been years since we've been in contact."
Noa said that he has tried to avoid Lopez precisely "because of the problem that she and I have had," and added that he has "always done what's best for her and for everyone."
The "problem" he's referring to is of course a three-year court battle over video and photos that the former couple took and recorded together when they were married.
Lopez married Noa in February of 1997, and divorced him less than a year later.
In November of 2009, Noa sought to use photos and over 11 hours of footage he collected during his time with J.Lo to produce a movie about their life together. But J.Lo filed suit for $10 million to stop him and a court eventually granted her a temporary restraining order.
In June of 2011, Ojani was at it again. He managed to exploit a legal loophole and sold intimate home videos to his partner/producer (and rumored girlfriend) Claudia Vazquez, which the two allegedly planned to turn into a movie.
Shortly thereafter, J.Lo obtained a restraining order against Vasquez and a judge temporarily ruled that the video couldn't be released without Jennifer's sign-off. The judge reportedly thought Claudia's motives were sinister.
Noa, who said that he still plans to make a documentary about his relationship with Lopez, claimed that while he has been accused for years of using J.Lo to stay in the spotlight he didn't use Lopez to become famous. "I started my career at age 17 on 'Sabado Gigante,'" he said. "Then I became a Calvin Klein model and I opened restaurants at 19," he added.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
She Owns The Red Carpet
Entertainer Jennifer Lopez arrives on the red carpet for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO Joe KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
She's A Performer
J.Lo is known for her amazing performances. here she is rocking it out at the 2011 American Music Awards. Actress and singer Lea Michelle, tweeted about J.Lo's performance in the American Music Awards, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/23/jennifer-lopez-breaks-dow_n_1027152.html" target="_hplink">"Omg Jennifer Lopez is seriously AMAZING. She just killed it!!!!! She's gorgeous and so beyond talented!!!" </a>
Who Never Stops Performing
Here she is performing again at the 2011 American Music Awards with a more psychedelic attire.
J.Lo And Charities
J.Lo and her twins, Max and Emme, are lending a hand to a partnership between Gucci and UNICEF. <a href="http://www.mydaily.co.uk/2010/10/22/jennifer-lopez-and-twins-star-in-gucci-campaign/" target="_hplink"> According to My Daily UK,</a> the twins are the new faces of Gucci's new children's clothing line which available since November. In honor of the international launch, Gucci gave $1 million to UNICEF's<a href="http://www.schoolsforafrica.com/home.htm" target="_hplink"> "Schools For Africa initiative"</a>. <a href="http://www.gucci.com/us/worldofgucci/videos/childrens-bts-video-2011" target="_hplink">Here's a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot. </a> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/latino-celebrities-philanthropists-_n_1095927.html#s475593&title=Jennifer_Lopez_" target="_hplink"> But this is not J.Lo's first work with charities. </a> J.Lo and her sister Lynda, launched the <a href="http://www.looktothestars.org/news/4606-jennifer-lopez-launches-new-charity" target="_hplink">The Maribel Foundation, a charity named after Marc Anthony's sister, who died of a brain tumor. The charity allows specialists in LA hospitals to treat children around the world using telecommunication technology. </a>
She's A Winner!
In this picture, J.Lo poses with her "Best Latin Music Artist" award at the 2011 "American Music Awards" in Los Angeles. J.Lo has a long list of awards, ranging from "Special Achievement Award" (Female Entertainer of the Year) ALMA award which she took home in 2000, to a MTV Movie Award for "Best Dressed" in 2001, to a "Lasting Image Award" in the Imagen Foundation Awards, to " Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist" in the 2003 "American Music Award" and the list goes on, <a href="http://www.aceshowbiz.com/celebrity/jennifer_lopez/awards.html" target="_hplink">according to Ace Showbiz. </a>
An Amazing Woman
J.Lo was honored at Glamour's 21st Annual Women of the Year awards gala in New York City in 2011. Hosted by Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive, the awards honored amazing women in a range of different fields, among them Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, artist Cindy Sherman, actor Lea Michele, comedian Chelsea Handler, among others, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/arianna-huffington-glamour-women-of-the-year_n_1081509.html" target="_hplink">according to Huff Post. </a>
She's A Fashionista
Among her many hats (actress, singer, dancer, producer), the Puerto Rican-American <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/best-dressed-latino-celebrities_n_1132596.html#s524037&title=9_JENNIFER_LOPEZ" target="_hplink">celebrity can now add fashionista.</a> Not only has she embarking on her fashion design-- <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/17/jennifer-lopez-kohls-_n_929377.html" target="_hplink">debuting her Kohls' clothing line this year</a>-- but she's also becoming a fashion icon of sorts. J.Lo wore this amazing dress to the the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011.
A Master Of Capoeira
In a recent visit to the beaches of Uruguay, JLo rolled up her jeans to throw a few punches and high kicks with a local group of capoeira -- a Brazilian dance-based martial art -- professionals, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/jennifer-lopez-martial-arts-beach-uruguay-midriff-photos_n_1137456.html?ref=latino-voices&ir=Latino Voices" target="_hplink">according to Huff Post. </a>