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From Idol to idle? Not exactly: Jennifer Lopez, who announced her departure from American Idol today on co-star Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, said that — as much as she loved the TV gig — she just felt like she needed to “get back to doing the other things that I do.”
That includes her singing career, which soared again after she started appearing on the reality show, and her film career, which, if we’re being honest, is still just so-so. (Although, she does voice a part in the upcoming Ice Age: Continental Drift.) The 42-year-old also told Ryan that she wanted to devote a little more time to her twins, Emme and Max, now 4. “As the kids get a little bigger, it started feeling like it was a lot,” she explained, “and something had to give.”
Nevertheless, Jennifer seemed genuinely ambivalent about her decision. “When I signed on to Idol, I signed on to do one year. I ended up doing two years because I just fell so in love with the show.” Luckily for fans, this isn’t the end of the road. Jennifer said that she’d be more than happy to appear on the show again, whether as a mentor or an audience member. “I’m always going to be here,” she promised.