• Famous for being the first husband of Jennifer Lopez
• Born in Havana Cuba in 1974
• Worked as a waiter, model, and actor
• Ex-girlfriend Claudia Vazquez
• Currently focused on fitness and wellness with TV personality Maria Marin

Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseJennifer Lopez
FactFormer husband of Jennifer Lopez. They met while he was waitering at a restaurant owned by Gloria Estefan in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

Ojani Noa is mostly famous for being the first husband of Jennifer Lopez, who later threatened her with his tell-all memoir book and their sex tape he allegedly wanted to reveal.

Early life and family

Ojani Lazaro Noa was born on 11 June 1974, in Havana Cuba, so his zodiac sign is Gemini. Ojani comes from a family of Spanish-Cuban descent – his father’s name is Francisco Noa. His childhood was quite hard as his family immigrated to the USA, and his parents struggled to find jobs in their new place. Ojani matriculated from the local high school in the US, but he couldn’t continue his education, and had to find a job to support his family.


At a young age, Ojani had to work hard as a waiter.

He also tried himself as a model at the age of 18, but when he was working in the Cuban restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida, owned by Gloria Estefan, he met his future wife Jennifer Lopez. They married in 1997, but divorced a year later. After their divorce Jennifer decided to give Ojani a chance, and asked him to run her Cuban restaurant entitled Madre’s, but he couldn’t perform as she wanted, and he was fired six months after the restaurant opened. He unsuccessfully sued Jennifer for alleged breach of their contract. In 2002 he tried to start an acting career, landing the role of Dan Valdez in “Rappin-n-Rhyming”, then made a cameo appearance in the “Liquid Assets” series in 2003, and was later cast as an Irish Thug in “Irish Eyes” (2004). However, after his loud controversy with his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez in 2006, no one wanted to hire him for the movies as an actor, so he became the executive producer of his own movie entitled “Eye See Me” (2007).

The movie directed by Carlton Enoch featured such actors as Lil’ C Note (as known as Corey Jackson), Matthew Alexander and Leo Solomon, and was quite a success, but Ojani didn’t participate in any more projects, but once appeared in the reality TV show “Supervivientes: Perdidos en Honduras” (eng. “Survivors: Lost in Honduras”) in 2008, and then was the invited guest on the TV channel Telemundo in various talk shows, such as “Un Nuevo Día” and others. As of 2019, he is focused on wellness and fitness, and even appeared in the show “Daily Flash” as an inspirational figure and consultant for people who need to exercise and diet.

Personal life, ex-wife Jennifer Lopez

Ojani met Jennifer Lopez even before her acting career developed. In the period of their first dates Jennifer didn’t even think of becoming a singer, and was mostly focused on dancing and acting.

Ojani Noa and Jennifer Lopez

They met in the cafe where Ojani worked as a waiter, started dating and married on 22 February 1997. After half a year, Jennifer began getting her first good job offers, and Ojani decided that working was her top-priority, while his career didn’t seem likely to become successful in the near future. The couple filed for divorce, and the papers were signed on 1 January 1998. At the end of 1999 Ojani tried to release the film which contained some home-footage and revealed private details about his life with Jennifer, so after the film was released, Ojani was brought to court. Later, in 2007, after their controversy with Ojani’s work in Jennifer’s restaurant, he threatened her with publish his ‘tell-all memoir book’, asking her to pay him $5 million to persuade him not to do so.  However, the court made Ojani pay $545,000 to his ex-wife, because of his threats against her.

The judge also ruled against any videos or text information to be published in any form and from any source. It is worth saying that the fact of the sex tape existing is still a mystery, and no one knows for sure if Ojani really possessed one or was just bluffing. No details were ever disclosed, as Ojani had to hand over everything he had about their relationship, including the drafts of his upcoming books, the videos he had, etc.

Ex-girlfriend, Claudia Vazquez

In 2006 Ojani started dating Mexican actress and Telemundo channel producer, Claudia Vazquez. Along with Ed Meyer, Claudia’s business partner, they decided to make-up the TV film entitled “I Owe JLo” about Ojani’s hard way from Cuban immigrant to the husband and then ex-husband of the superstar.

The idea of the movie appeared in 2009, and in 2010 Jennifer took Noa and Meyer to court to stop the production of the film, which could include a lot of private information about her life. At the same time Claudia Vazques sued Jennifer for interference to her business, and asked $10 million as compensation. At first the Los Angeles judge made his decision in favor of Claudia, but the Second District Court of Appeals dismissed the decision.

Another movie Claudia, Ojani and Ed were working on also related to the relationship of Noa and Lopez, and was entitled “How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The JLo and Ojani Noa Story”. However, this project was also destined not to be seen by the audience, as the court ordered Claudia to stop production of any project about Jennifer in 2012. Ojani and Claudia, exhausted by all those courts and legal processes, actually split in 2011.

Is Ojani dating Maria Marin?

As Ojani is now focused on fitness, he often spends time with another TV personality, Maria Marin, with whom he records fitness videos for the morning program of the Telemundo channel. The couple also post a lot of mutual photos and videos on their Instagram accounts. Ojani has shared several pictures of himself and Maria sitting next to each other, laughing and hugging, all in all looking like a happy dating couple. However, neither Maria nor Ojani ever officially confirmed their relationship. Maria is a very popular Telemundo channel’s host and has over two million followers on her Facebook page, as she also hosts her live show onsite entitled “#MariaMarinLive”. She talks a lot about health, fashion, fitness and sex education.

Jennifer Lopez

The super popular actress, singer, dancer and producer, Jennifer Lopez has always been surrounded with controversies, and people who wanted to raise their own fame on her count.

From childhood, Jennifer worked hard to become a professional dancer, and by the age of 18 she was already touring with Janet Jackson as a member of her dance crew. However, at the age of 20 Jennifer quit dancing, deciding to go her own way and, as she said, ‘do her own thing’. She started her acting career, successfully debuting in “My Little Girl” (1986) in the role of Myra, soon landing more roles in such projects as “In Living Color” (1990 – 1994), “Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7” (1993) and “Second Chances” (1993 – 1994).

For her role of young Maria in “My Family” Jennifer got $50,000, while her next role of Grace Santiago in “Money Train” (1995) brought her $200,000. For her starring in such movies as “U Turn”, “Selena” and “Anaconda” she received $1 million for each project, so in 1997 she made at least $3 million. For her roles of Mary Fiore in “The Wedding Planner” and Sharon Pogue in “Angel Eyes” Jennifer earned $9 million per project, while her role of Charlie in “Monster-in-Law” brought her $15 million in 2005.

Jennifer’s singing career and awards

Jennifer is the unique example of the actress who is both successful on screen and even more successful on stage as a singer. She’s released eight studio albums, got dozens of awards, including the Legend Award from the World Music Awards for her contribution to the arts, while her music video “On The Floor” (featuring Pitbull) entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the Highest Viewed Female Music Video of All Time in 2012.

Jennifer was in relationship with such stars as Ben Affleck (their couple was named “Bennifer” in the media, starting the new trend of mixing the names of the partners into one word), Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs, and Chris Judd. As of 2019, Jennifer has announced her engagement to Alex Rodriguez, the baseball player she has been dating since 2017.

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

  • Ojani is a big fan of dancing, and his favorite genres are salsa, tango and flamenco.
  • He likes Italian and Mexican food.
  • His favorite color is white.
  • Ojani likes travelling, and often gets back to his motherland Cuba to enjoy its museums and galleries, walking the streets of his childhood.
  • Ojani shared that one of the biggest events of his life happened when Carlos Santana came to his club after the Grammy Awards ceremony in 1999. This meeting inspired Ojani a lot.

Appearance, clothing style

Ojani has short black hair and dark brown eyes. He is 6ft 1in (1.85 m) tall and weighs around 198lbs (90kgs). Ojani likes wearing casual clothes, but also formal suits which he always wears in white. He has several tattoos over his body.

Net worth and salary

As of 2019, Ojani’s net worth is estimated to be around $750,000. Though Ojani was willing to get as much money as he could from his ex-wife, he ended up owing her half a million dollars according to the court’s decision.

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General Info

Full NameOjani Noa
ProfessionActor, Chef, Waiter, Film producer


SpouseJennifer Lopez
ParentsFrancisco Noa

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Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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