Looks like Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart’s “luh” story is over. The “I Luh Ya Papi” singer and her backup dancer-turned-choreographer beau have split after two and a half years of dating, a source close to Lopez confirms to Us Weekly.
“It has actually been an amicable process that started a few months ago,” the J.Lo insider says. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but they decided to stay friends…Their relationship couldn’t work with the distance. He started trying to establish his own life and career, and she is so focused on hers, and they just couldn’t be all about each other anymore.”
The source adds that Lopez is “doing fine.” It helps, the insider says, that “she’s so focused on promoting the album. They are both in a good place now.”
Lopez, 44, and Smart, 27, were first linked as a couple back in November 2011, just four months after the American Idol judge split from her third ex-husband, Marc Anthony, with whom she shares twins Max and Emme, 6. Since then, Smart has been a fixture at the star’s side, accompanying her to tapings and red carpets all over the world, and on family vacations with her kids.
Speaking about their relationship in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in January 2013, Lopez gushed that her much younger beau was her best friend. “I can tell him everything, when I’m feeling down, when I’m feeling good,” she shared. “He gives moral support, endless love and support.”
In recent weeks, however, the duo faced rumors that Smart had cheated on Lopez with a transgender model he reportedly met online. Gossip site The Dirty claimed to have evidence that he had been exchanging photos and messages with the model via Instagram. There were rumors about a second transgender model, too. A source close to the couple told Us Weekly, however, that the story was “100 percent not true.”
“The scandal had nothing to do with it,” the first insider tells Us. “He insists none of that is true and she believes him.”
In any case, Lopez isn’t likely to stay single for long. In an interview earlier this year, the singer-actress admitted she’s “one of those people who does not like to be alone.” She also said that despite the problems she’s faced in her romantic life, she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of walking down the aisle a fourth time. (Prior to Anthony, she was wed to Cris Judd and Ojani Noa; she was also engaged to Ben Affleck.)
“I always believed in that institution,” she explained during a panel for American Idol. “My parents were married for a very long time, for 35 years. I believe in it…I’ve had my challenges, but at the same time, I believe in love. That’s the main thing.”