Jennifer Lopez and her boy toy Casper Smart have parted ways. Sources say the relationship has actually been over for about two months, although the two only admitted to that publicly in recent days. They were together for about three years.
The age difference between Casper Smart and Jennifer Lopez long made fans and the media question the validity of their romance. After a year, however, the back up dancer and the superstar seemed perfectly settled into a domestic and at times very sexy romantic routine.
Jenny from the Block performed in her old neighborhood on Wednesday in the Bronx, providing her old friends and neighbors with a free 90-minute show that met everyone's long-awaited expectations. It was the first time the singer, dancer, and actress had returned to her old neighborhood to perform. Casper Smart was conspicuously absent at JLo's homecoming, fueling recent rumors that the two had in fact split up.
Despite their reported split of a couple of months ago it seems they made nice for the cameras so that word didn't escape before their official announcement. The two walked the red carpet together for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 18th and they walked hand-in-hand following the taping of the American Idol finale on the 20th. Rumors flew last week about Smart's involvement with transsexual bikini model Sofie Vissa after Vissa claimed she and Casper exchanged racy photos via text messages. Smart denied the claims.
"Casper does not know this person, has never met this person, has never seen this person and most importantly never has communicated with this person via direct message or in any other manner," a source for Lopez's ex said.
Prior to her relationship with Casper Smart, who is 18 years younger than Jennifer Lopez, the singer was married to singer Marc Anthony. The two are parents to 6-year-old twins Max and Emme.
Is anyone really surprised about this split that was officially announced on Friday? Yes, Casper Smart likely loves Jennifer Lopez and her children "dearly" as one source reports, but she is 18 years his senior and it's not often that relationships like that--especially those playing out in the media spotlight--succeed.
Kudos to both of them for keeping things amicable and for trying to keep any messiness--if it did in fact exist--to themselves.
Now that Jennifer Lopez is once again a single woman, who might her next love interest be?
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