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Jennifer Lopez took the stage at Madison Square Garden for the first of her two-night sold out stint in New York City on her It’s My Party Tour, which is leading up to her 50th birthday in two weeks, and she brought an unexpected special guest onto the stage for a lap dance.
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Midway through her lively, hits-filled set, J.Lo opened up about the fact that, while she enjoys getting gifts for her birthday each year, what she really likes is giving gifts to others. Wearing a sparkling white performance costume, Lopez told the crowd that one special person would be getting a gift from her that night — and it was U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team player Carli Lloyd, who was in the audience.
After asking security to escort Lloyd from her seat on the floor to the stage (and explaining that she normally would bring a man up onstage during this part of her show), Lopez previewed what Lloyd was in for in footage captured by AOL’s Gibson Johns.
“I’ve got a little present for you. Are you ready for this? I don’t know if you’re ready for this,” she said as she embraced Lloyd and swept her hair back. “I’ve got a little present for you. Actually, Carli, I got two presents for you.”
J.Lo the disappeared from the stage for a costume change as two dancers in animal-print leotards and over-the-knee boots handcuffed Lloyd to a cushy, high heel-shaped chair. Lopez returned in an outfit that matched her sultry dancers as “Birthday Sex” by Jeremih played in the background, before proceeding to give the soccer star a de facto lap dance.
The singer then transitioned into a slowed-down version of her debut single, “If You Had My Love,” as she continued to dance for the World Cup champion.
During the show, Lloyd reacted to footage of her dance with Lopez making the rounds on Twitter, writing, “A first time for everything.”
USWNT coach Dawn Scott hilariously reacted to her tweet simply with two wide-eyed smojis.
Making the moment even more memorable was the fact that Lopez’s fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, was front and center for the entire concert along with several of their respective children. The former baseball player, who was wearing a full suit at the show, appeared to enjoy the moment himself, too.
Jennifer Lopez with Alex Rodriguez and their kids
Of course, Lloyd’s appearance onstage was just one of the many highlights from Lopez’s epic show, which lasted for over two hours and featured every single one of her hits from over the years: “Waiting For Tonight,” “On The Floor,” “All I Have” and everything in between.
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While performing “Limitless,” the ballad from her latest film, “Second Act,” the 49-year-old singer brought out her daughter, Emme, 11, who shared a duet with her famous mom and wowed the crowd with her vocals.
Lopez was visibly emotional at several moments during her concert at Madison Square Garden, with the Bronx native seemingly feeling extra appreciation for her supportive hometown crowd.
Jennifer Lopez turns 50 on July 24.
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