J Lo: What Injury?


Sep. 16 2008, Published 11:02 a.m. ET

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The mystery of Jennifer Lopez’s foot injury deepens!

Days after dropping out of the Project Runway finale on the grounds of ill health, the diva took part in a grueling triathlon, leaving the show’s creators scratching their

heads over her last-minute excuse.

Project Runway host Heidi Klum announced on Sept. 12, “Jennifer Lopez was going to be our guest judge, but she canceled yesterday due to a foot injury.”

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But just two days later on Sept. 14, J Lo participated in the Nautica Malibu  Triathlon, which included swimming, cycling and a foot race, and finished by 9:48 a.m.

By 10:30 a.m., the mom of 7-month-old twins was on a plane to NYC to prepare for hubby Marc Anthony’s $800,000 Havana–themed 40th birthday bash at the Bowery Hotel.  

“There was a salsa band and tons of fresh flowers,” a guest tells OK!. Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese danced for guests, including Leah Remini and Kimora Lee Simmons, before Jennifer staged her final feat of the day: a surprise show.

Heidi Klum

“She was introduced on stage as Lola,” the guest says. “The dancers were told not to look at or speak to her, even while they were performing with her!”

But while her guests were thrilled, others remain disappointed.

Project Runway season four winner Christian Siriano tells OK!, “She ran a triathlon? What’s wrong with her? It’s a little upsetting for the contestants. I’m sure they are kind of heartbroken.”


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