Despite splitting from Jennifer Lopez almost 20 years ago, the star's first husband is still finding it hard to let go.

Ojani Noa, who has made a career talking about his famous ex, made headlines last year when he threatened to release a sex tape of the star whom he married in 1997 and who he split from barely a year later.

Jennifer Lopez and her ex husband, Ojani Noa during a premiere at Academy Theater in Los Angeles. Photo / Getty
Jennifer Lopez and her ex husband, Ojani Noa during a premiere at Academy Theater in Los Angeles. Photo / Getty

And while the sex tape never publicly materialised, the former waiter is back on US television, still telling all and sundry about that time he was married to Lopez.

Appearing on Million Dollar Matchmaker, Noa again lashed out at the New York-born superstar.

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"That was my first love, my first marriage," Noa tells host Patti Stanger.
"I was looking forward to being with her for the rest of my life. It didn't happen," Noa said.

"She made the choice of her career instead of me."

Lopez's career did indeed skyrocket after she divorced Noa, who claims that their split destroyed him.

Ojani Noa and Jennifer Lopez attending an event during happier times. Photo / Getty
Ojani Noa and Jennifer Lopez attending an event during happier times. Photo / Getty

"My heart was broken in many pieces," he told Stanger. "I was really hurt, it really hurt me."

Still, Stanger had a crack at Noa for continuing to use Lopez for publicity.

"He lost the love of his life and now he protects himself by being a playboy," she said.

In April 2006, Lopez sued Noa to prevent him from publishing a book about their marriage, contending that it violated their confidentiality agreement.

JLo's ex husband, Ojani Noa attends a red carpet event in 2012. Photo / Getty
JLo's ex husband, Ojani Noa attends a red carpet event in 2012. Photo / Getty

The following year, a court-appointed arbitrator issued a permanent injunction forbidding Noa from "criticising, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging" Lopez.

At the time she was awarded USD$545,000 ($720,000) in compensatory damages and Noa was ordered to hand over all copies of materials related to the book to Lopez.

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A lawsuit regarding the alleged sex tape is currently ongoing.