Jennifer Lopez begins 2013 as a woman riding the crest of a wave – very much in love and on a professional high after the completion of her bombastic world tour. That happiness has perhaps moved the mother-of-two to open up about her boyfriend Casper Smart.
Speaking frankly during an interview with Harper's Bazaar, she explains how the 25-year-old dancer conquered her heart following a divorce from Marc Anthony – father of her twins Max and Emme.
"He's fantastic; he's like my best friend. I can tell him everything, when I'm feeling down, when I'm feeling good. He gives moral support, endless love and support," she said during the chat.
She also reflected on her work-life balance, walking the line between superstar and, quite simply, being mummy: "The worst is when I'm tired. It's the overworking, which I've learned to say no to. I'm not my best self. I'm at my best, I think, when I'm giving love. I feel my best, I am my best, I need my best," she added.
"I'm a singer. I'm a dancer. I'm a performer. I'm an actress. That's what I'm supposed to be doing. It makes me a better parent, a better person. I think I can just handle more than the average bear, you know?
"I make it as simple and as beautiful as I can because my life is kind of big. So I pack my luggage, or dress myself, or comb my kids' hair, pick up their clothes – that makes our life beautiful, you know? There's something very elegant in that."
The Latina bombshell also gives a glimpse into her children's little personalities. Often on the road with their mother, Max and Emme, four, are used to changing faces, landscapes and time zones. The result? "They are open, smart, loving and curious" says their proud mum.