EXC: Samantha Fox claims she discovered Jennifer Lopez in 1991 while looking for music video dancers


Samantha Fox has claimed she discovered Jennifer Lopez.

The former glamour model and singer, 56, explained how she personally chose the pop superstar, 53, to appear in the video for her 1991 single, (Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But The Pants Stay On, before hiring her as a dancer for her tour.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at the Inspiration Awards For Women, she also gushed about her recent wedding to wife Linda Olsen, 48, calling herself ‘the happiest woman in the world’.

EXCLUSIVE: Samantha Fox (right) has claimed she discovered Jennifer Lopez in 1991 while looking for music video dancers – as she gushed about married life with wife Linda Olsen (left)

Back in 1991, 22-year-old Jennifer was attempting to forge a career as a professional dancer, not having released any music or appeared in a film by this point.

Looking back at their first encounter, Samantha said: ‘I was auditioning women for my video when I broke America with my number one album.

‘And then I had to look for dancers for my tour. And she walked in and I went, “Oh, she’s very nice,” as you do. And I chose her.’

Samantha and Linda tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Essex in July, after announcing their engagement in March 2020.

Throwback: The former glamour model and singer, 56, says she personally chose the pop superstar, 53, to appear in the video for her 1991 single, (Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But The Pants Stay On, before hiring her as a dancer for her tour.

Throwback: The former glamour model and singer, 56, personally chose the pop superstar, 53, (pictured) to appear in the video for her 1991 single, (Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But The Pants Stay On

What a pair! Looking back at their first encounter, Samantha (right) said: 'I was auditioning women for my video when I broke America with my number one album' (Jennifer pictured, left)

What a pair! Looking back at their first encounter, Samantha (right) said: ‘I was auditioning women for my video when I broke America with my number one album’ (Jennifer pictured, left)

The former Page 3 model walked down the aisle with her partner after they were forced to postpone their 2020 wedding due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

When asked about married life, she gushed: ‘It’s fabulous. This June we got… last June… oh my god. Last June, we got married.

‘We waited three times because of COVID and at last it happened. It was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t wish for anything better.

‘I’m the happiest woman in the world. Yeah, and I hope it lasts for erm, you know, about 60, 70, yeah, why not?’

Success: Back in 1991, 22-year-old Jennifer was attempting to forge a career as a dancer, not having released any music or appeared in a film by this point (pictured Wednesday)

Success: Back in 1991, 22-year-old Jennifer was attempting to forge a career as a dancer, not having released any music or appeared in a film by this point (pictured Wednesday)

Samantha also discussed how her upcoming album will be inspired by the love of her life.

She said: ‘Next year, got a great album with Ian Masterson, who’s done lots of songs for Britney and Kylie. I’ve just gone ultra pop this time, written some great records.

‘My music is all about, I would guess, the last five years of my life, what I’ve gone through, meeting my wife and onwards and upwards and positiveness and being who you want to be.

Looking good: Samantha spoke exclusively to MailOnline at the Inspiration Awards For Women

Looking good: Samantha spoke exclusively to MailOnline at the Inspiration Awards For Women

‘Love is love and hopefully spread the message throughout the world on this new album.’

Sam started a relationship with Linda in 2016, and previously said she was in a ‘really good place’ after her partner of 12 years, Myra died in 2015 from cancer.

The TV personality, who recently suffered a cancer scare after finding a lump in her vocal cords, announced in 2018 she had finally found love again with the Norwegian single mother-of-two.

Samantha recently told OK! magazine that after postponing their initial wedding due to the Covid pandemic, they planned to wait so their loved ones can attend from around the world. 

During the interview, Sam revealed her ‘great mate’ Motörhead lead singer Lemmy – who died in 2015 – had offered to step in and walk her down the aisle after her father died.

Sam’s father Patrick, who managed her career until 1991, died in 2000.

Cute: Samantha and Linda tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Essex in July, after announcing their engagement in March 2020

Cute: Samantha and Linda tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Essex in July, after announcing their engagement in March 2020

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