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Your lifestyle, your quirk
Jennifer Lopez has been staying pretty quiet on her personal life during the past few years (understandably), but she’s always happy to do a sexy photo shoot and talk in generalities in her interviews. The latest example is her interview and cover shot, with a few additional photos inside, for InStyle magazine. In spite of the gossip rags dripping with (likely totally made-up) “insider information” accusing J.Lo’s boytoy Casper Smart of all sorts of scandalous behavior, including visiting shady “massage parlors” and anonymous gay hook-ups, Lopez only touches on happy topics in very general, overarching statements.
Lopez starts with her faith, stating, “I live by the mantra that God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle. It’s not until something bad or difficult happens that you really get to grow. And then you realize that those difficult moments, the times when you feel pain, are when you do a lot of your growing. You realize: There’s no reason to be terrified of things. Either way I’m going to be OK.”
Lopez does not specify what those “difficult moments” are, so we are free to read into it and make assumptions. She could be referring to the horrible tabloid stories about her boyfriend, or she could be referring to the heavily scrutinized life of a celebrity as a whole.
Lopez seems to believe she has the secret to success, however, so perhaps the celebrity life is not bothering her at all. She told InStyle the secret is "Finding balance ... You have to know what makes you happy – so your life is what you always dreamed it could be."
Likely hoping the star would voluntarily offer some – any! – reference to the alleged scandal(s) involving Smart, the magazine asked Lopez what she looks for in a man.
Not taking the bait, Lopez offered the pretty boring answer of, "The most important quality the man in my life should have is that he is sweet. I like the good guys."
Trying again, the magazine inquired how she defines “love.” Lopez offered another clichéd response: “The hard part is that you never stop believing in love. You never stop. But that’s also the best part. You never stop believing, and you never, ever give up.” Yawn.
Okay, clearly she didn’t want to talk about her boyfriend. How about her kids, fraternal twins with ex-husband Marc Antony?
"I feel the pressures of wanting to be a great parent and of wanting to do right by my children,” Lopez said. “I feel the pressure of knowing you can’t be perfect even though you want to be. One thing I’ve learned: Being a mom, or a dad, is the most important job there is. It doesn’t matter who you are. You have to embrace it for everything that it is.”
It could be considered somewhat suspicious that Lopez opted not to even mention Smart in her interview. Does this suggest that they have reached the end of their time together, or is she simply avoiding any invitation to discuss the rumors until they have passed? As usual, time will tell.