Jennifer Lopez Loves Cougar Life: Why Shouldn’t Women Date Younger Guys?
Jennifer Lopez is a cougar and she likes it. “All the old clichés about women need to be undone,” she tells Self. “Enough already. We’re in the other position now. We are desirable older, we can date younger guys and it’s not this big taboo. Men have been doing this for years, and it’s no big deal. Enough with the clichés about women. We can date younger guys… it’s no big deal.”
The 45-year-old performer’s last boyfriend, Casper Smart, was 18 years her junior. They parted ways earlier this year. Lopez and Smart’s relationship followed her high-profile split from Marc Anthony. She says of breakups, “When you have that much pain, you have to anesthetize yourself in some ways. People do different things. Some go out and party and sleep around, but that’s just not my way. I found the comfort in someone else. That’s called being a love addict.”
She continues, “When I face myself, I go, ‘You have a fear of really being on your own. So you know what? That’s what we’re gonna do right now.’ But it took me years to get there. So first it was learning to love myself. And then it was about facing my fears.”
In her upcoming movie The Boy Next Door, Lopez plays a woman whose one-night stand with a teenager has terrible consequences. While she’s never found herself in those circumstances, the actress still relates to the character. She tells Self, “I’ve been through divorce. I’ve been cheated on, just like every other girl in the world. So you sympathize, you understand the emotions. And I’ve dated a younger guy once in my life, so I could definitely understand that part, too — the attraction.” What do you think of Lopez’s interview?