Sunday 26 October 2014

Jenny from the Block becomes Jenny at Dublin Zoo as she enjoys a regular family day out

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 23/10/2012 | 12:36

J Lo poses with staff member of Dublin Zoo
Jennifer Lopez aka J-Lo performs at The O2, Dublin, Ireland - 19.10.12. Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Lopez
Lopez photographed the day after her Dublin concert, when she arrived in London for her concert there.

SHE played a sold out concert at the weekend to adoring fans, but earlier in the day the superstar was just a regular mum with her kids visiting Dublin Zoo and eating pizza.

The 43-year-old superstar went to Dublin’s tourist attraction with her three-year-old twins Emme and Max, 26-year-old dancer boyfriend Casper and mother Guadalupe on Friday.

And the global star was more than happy to slum it – she and her family enjoyed pizza in the zoo restaurant, sitting alongside unsuspecting members of the public who seemingly had no idea that a superstar was in their midst.

J-Lo had originally planned to spend an hour at the city centre attraction - but she ended up spending three hours as staff gave her a special tour.

She was fascinated by the zoo’s history, operations manager Gerry Creighton told the Herald.

“The kids were having a ball and wanted to stay longer,” said Gerry who described the day as a “wonderful experience”.

And it seems the A-lister can live with the Irish weather – when the skies briefly opened during her visit, she was nonplussed, advising her party to “keep going” and it was “only rain”.

The singer fed some giraffes in the African Plains, asking about animal conservation as she held buckets of food.

“She really wanted to know about the animals and was really complimentary of the zoo, describing it as beautiful and natural,” said Gerry.

Gerry was invited in to the family's car by J-Lo as they journeyed around the animal compound and the singer and actress inquired about Gerry's job as a zookeeper.

The former American Idol judge was amazed to learn that the zoo's history extends as far back as 1831 and the Wedding Planner actress and her mother posed for photographs in front of the zoo's historic gates.

The family were the picture of understated normality according to Gerry, who described how J-Lo's dancer boyfriend Casper was full of chat.

“They were a regular family, two sweet kids and her mother was wonderful, really down-to-earth”, said Gerry who described how the Lopez family matriarch was a “bundle of fun” and told him that she had many Irish friends.

Before embarking on the tour, the family started their day out in the zoo restaurant, where the children enjoyed pizza, chicken nuggets and fries washed down with slush puppies and ice cream.

The family did not demand a private area in the busy restaurant and were happy to sit among the general public, where J-Lo enjoyed her own treat of pepperoni pizza.

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