Jennifer Lopez Defends 18-Year Age Difference With Beau Casper Smart

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Don’t call J Lo a cougar!

Flaunting her world-famous curves in a stunning red dress, Jennifer Lopez graces the cover of Vogue‘s April issue — and opens up, just a smidge, about Casper Smart, her 24-year-old dancer beau of about five months.

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“He’s adorable. But you already see that,” the American Idol judge, 42, gushes. “He really is [sweet]. He’s a good egg. I don’t want to talk about it too much. It’s my private thing.”

Of the 18-year age difference? “I don’t feel older, and I don’t feel like I look it, either, so I am just acting the same way I have always acted,” the singer-actress says of being past 40.

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The star’s longtime manager and confidante Benny Medina, however, tells Vogue that they’ve certainly discussed the May-December situation. “She’s not oblivious to her own reality right now, as in, Damn, I’m 42 with a 24-year-old. Why? We talked about it yesterday,” Medina says of his friend, who split from Marc Anthony last July after seven years of marriage.

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“She was just like, ‘It’s not even the age, Benny. It’s actually that I just came out of a relationship where I felt like I was kind of not getting what I needed,” Lopez said of Anthony, 43, with whom she shares twins Emme and Max, 3. “‘And I’m open! So somebody who steps in right now and is actually touching me in a way-—it’s very fertile ground!'”

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Lopez herself says she’s “very proud” of how she and Anthony (they’ve been working on and promoting their Univsion show Q’Viva! together) have handled their split. “We’re still friends—-and we’re parents. But it’s going to take time.. .It’s tough. But for the most part, I feel very proud of the way we’re handling it. I really do. We are doing the best we can for the kids.”

She added of their fight to say “dignified”: “This is grown-up stuff. It’s real, serious, grown-up stuff.”

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