Jennifer Lopez on Casper Smart Relationship: "I Bring a Lot to the Table"
Casper Smart is a very lucky man, according to girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. Showing off her stunning body on the cover of the October issue of Cosmopolitan, the 44-year-old American Idol judge opens up about her nearly two-year relationship with 26-year-old choreographer Smart.
"For me, it's about having a great partner to walk this life with. I have my own high standards for what I want in a partner and how I want to be treated. I bring a lot to the table," Lopez brags. "I'm not talking about material things but what I have to offer as a person -- love and loyalty and all the things that make a good relationship."
The "Dance Again" singer and her former back-up dancer began dating in October 2011, shortly after she announced her split from husband Marc Anthony. Lopez tells the magazine that when she is in a relationship, she is completely devoted to that person. "It's funny, early on with Beau [Casper], I remember telling him how I have a real button on being ignored," she recalls. "And he was like, 'Listen, if somebody ignores you, then forget them. They don't deserve to have your attention.' But it's funny. Sometimes when we don't get it, we try to get it in a negative way, you know?"
Looking extremely confident on the cover in a sexy black crop-top and see-through lace pants, Lopez, mom to 5-year-old twins Maximilian and Emme, reveals to Cosmopolitan that she became insecure about herself later in life.
"It was after I had kids to be honest . . . The biggest insecurity I had was my singing. Even though I had sold 70 million records, there was this feeling like, I'm not good at this. And while I was married to Marc, he helped me get over it. He kept telling me, 'You're the only one holding yourself back from reaching your full potential as a singer. You have to let go,'" says the star, whose return to Idol after one season away was just confirmed by FOX. "I was always so insecure and just kind of going along," she explains. "Then I grew, little by little, and realized, wait a minute, this is not a fluke. I'm not a mistake -- I work my ass off. And I know what I'm doing."