Scott Barnes tells talk show host Jeff Probst he was a constant presence at the side of the On The Floor singer until the false rumor surfaced, leaving him out of her inner circle for nearly a year, with zero contact from his longtime colleagues in J.Lo's camp.
"It was like I had the plague," Barnes said.
When the true source of the leak was revealed, the stylist says, Lopez rehired him and tried to put the incident behind them.
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"We're friends now," Barnes, whose also worked for the likes of Celine Dion, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson, tells Probst. "I went right back to work with her, and we just never spoke about it again -- which is even weirder.
"I mean, I worked another six years for her. She sat for the cover of my first book and we're friends…she's an amazing woman and she's like, 'I love you, you know,' and I say 'I love you too'…we're friends."
The full chat airs Tuesday on the Jeff Probst Show.