Jennifer Lopez Announces ‘This Is Me…Now’ 20 Years After Ben Affleck-Inspired Album ‘This Is Me…Then’

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Cris Villa Jennifer Lopez recreates the cover in 2022

Jennifer Lopez is coming full circle!

Twenty years since the release of This is me… Sothe ‘Jenny from the Block’ singer, 53, has announced a new album, This is me… now.

The star, whose social media went dark in the days leading up to her big drop, shared the news herself early Friday morning.

In a short clip that showed Lopez recreating the 2002 album cover and then transforming into 2022 J.Lo, she wrote on Instagram, “This is me then, this is me now.”

To celebrate, the actress and singer recreated the original album cover for 2022 — see the PEOPLE exclusive image above.

The marry me The star’s new project “chronicles the emotional, spiritual and psychological journey she has taken over the past two decades,” according to a press release, and comes on the heels of her marriage to Ben Affleck, to whom the previous album was dedicated.

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The 13 songs include the title track and various vocals alluding to her relationship with the actor, including “Dear Ben pt. II” and “Midnight Trip to Vegas,” which references the couple’s first wedding ceremony in July.

The multisyllable’s ninth studio album marks her return to songwriting and producing, and showcases “a vulnerability never shown before,” blending her powerful voice with both confessional songs and upbeat “celebrations of love.”

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“This album is a philosophy, a reflection, a zeitgeist moment,” according to the release. “It’s about hope and faith and true love that never dies.”

Jennifer Lopez This is me then

Jennifer Lopez This is me then

This Is Me… So album cover

Lopez has previously called his 2002 work his “favorite album”.

Last year, she released a fun throwback post in honor of the project — which was charting on iTunes and Pop iTunes at the time — that featured footage from many of her iconic music videos from the album, including “Jenny from the Block”, “All I Have”, “I’m Glad”, and “Baby I Love U!”

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“All my albums are very special to me, but This is me… So it’s my favorite album I’ve ever made…so far!” Lopez captioned her video.

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“I know many of you have heard me say this before, so in honor of my #JLovers who helped it STILL re-enter the album charts after 19 years…here’s a little #TBT ✨💕 #ThisIsMeThen”, he wrote in conclusion.

Lopez, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, released his latest album in 2014 with Alias

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