Jennifer Lopez will turn 47 later this month and shared with E! News her touching, selfless birthday wish following recent international tragedy that also hit close to home.
“I wish something bigger than for myself. I wish that the world would find a way to resolve our differences and have more love and unity right now,” she told E! News’ Sibley Scoles at the premiere of Ice Age: Collision Course in Los Angeles Saturday.
She made her comments two days after a member of the terrorist group ISIS killed 84 people in Nice, France, a day before 265 people died during a failed military coup in Turkey and more than a month after a man who wore allegiance to ISIS shot dead 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida.
The singer and Hamilton musical creator Lin-Manuel Miranda recently paid tribute to the victims of the latter attack and their families with their song “Love Make the World Go Around .”
“It was my idea. I had a song called ‘Love Make The World Go Round.’ It was about relationships and love. And I just thought once the Orlando thing happened…which was kind of the first in a string of things that have happened now tragically, I thought, ‘Let’s do something for this,'” Lopez told E! News ahead of her film’s Friday release date.
“I just kind of felt a responsibility to say something or do something,” the singer continued. “And I decided I wanted to use this song. I heard the song in a different way in that moment. I called Lin Manuel and asked him to do it with me. And he said yes. And we got in there and we rewrote the song’s lyrics in 20 minutes to really talk about that idea of love and pride and unity and not being afraid and putting love out into the world at any cost. And we came out with this song.”
Lopez, Manuel and Epic Records are donating 100 percent of their proceeds from each U.S. download of “Love Make the World Go Round” from July 8 to Oct. 5 to the Hispanic Federation for the Somos Orlando Fund, to benefit those affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting.