"I wanted it to be beautiful and sexy, not sexy and raunchy," Lopez, 46, explained. "Sometimes when you're younger, you go for raunch, or shock value, but I don't need to do that."
In fact, the triple-threat star says she's always led a rather conservative life. "I did sexy things but I was always more the good girl who was falling in love," she said, "as opposed to the naughty girl who was running around."
"I think I realized they were as important -- if not more important -- when I divorced Marc [Anthony]," the mother-of-two recalled. "I just realized that I had been through that a couple of times and there they still were. Like they say, men come and go, but my girlfriends are always there for me."
Lopez has always been quick to defend her right to be sexy. When ET spoke with her in October 2014 about the controversy surrounding "Booty," she dismissed the accusations that the video went too far or was too sexual.
"I refuse to be put in a box in that way," Lopez said, explaining why she chose to do the video in the first place. "Why, because I'm over 40? So I can't be sexy? Or, is it because I'm a mom? Moms aren't allowed to be sexy. Uh, how did I get my kids in the first place?"