Jennifer Lopez broke down in tears on Thursday after watching “American Idol” contestant La’Porsha Renae‘s emotional performance of “No More Drama.”
Prior to performing the Mary J. Blige hit, the 25-year-old contestant opened up about surviving an abusive relationship in a pre-taped segment for the show. After she finished singing the song, Renae — and Lopez — were both in tears.
“It takes a lot to overcome. It takes a lot to overcome, it takes a lot of strength to overcome those things in your life,” Lopez said.
The singer was clearly moved by Renae’s performance and struggled to speak as tears rolled down her face. “Baby, I know, everybody knows, we’ve all been through stuff like that. You know what I mean? And honestly, you’re an inspiration,” Lopez said.
After the performance, Renae spoke to People about her powerful song and how Lopez’s reaction helped her.
“It made me feel not so alone,” Renae said after Lopez gave her a standing ovation and shared her experience. “I felt so much humility because I saw a wonderful, incredible woman before me and she was saying that she’s been hurt like I have been. Just to share that moment was really special.”
In her 2014 memoir, True Love, Lopez said she’d suffered from mental and emotional abuse in her past relationships.
“The only way you can be mistreated is by allowing yourself to be mistreated, and that was something I did over and over again,” the “American Idol” judge wrote. “I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve been in relationships where I have felt abused one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally. I know what it feels like for your soul to be diminished by the way your loved one is treating you … maybe it’s a push, a shove or a nasty word that stays with you.”