Casper Smart may have split up with Jennifer Lopez but he’s finding it very difficult to break away from the star, especially when it comes to jobs.
The 27-year-old, who
started dating JLo after her split from hubby of seven years Marc Anthony in 2012, has opened up about trying to get people to recognise his capabilities and accomplishments.
“It’s also hard being looked at as, ‘You only had that job because you were the boyfriend’,” Casper said.
“So now, standing on the other side, people go, ‘Oh, wow, he actually does this for this person, this person and this person’.”
Casper, who was one of the Booty hitmaker’s backing dancers, continued: “It’s also “And before Jennifer I did a lot of stuff with a lot of other big artists.”
In fact, Casper was behind (no pun intended) Nicki Minaj’s dance moves for the risqué music video for Anaconda.
During his interview with Entertainment Tonight, Casper revealed that he still keeps in touch with the 45-year-old and her twins, daughter Emme and son Max.
“We’re great friends. I love her and the kids and they’re incredible,” he said.
She’s a global superstar with stunning looks and a multi-million dollar fortune but Jennifer Lopez still has to put up with well-meaning friends meddling in her love life.
But the diva soon bounced back by stepping out with Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy and choreographer JR Taylor.
Despite this J.Lo has revealed that her friends are determined to find her a new man so she can settle down again.
She says: “My friends are constantly trying to set me up but I’m just not there right now. It’s not something that’s a priority. I have gone from relationship to relationship but, at the end of the day, I am not ashamed of the path I have taken or the lessons I have learned.
“I am who I am and I am human.
“I do what feels right in the moment. And right now it feels good to just be on my own and have some ‘I love Jennifer’ time, which I haven’t done a lot in my life.
“I am just spending time with myself and my kids. I still believe in love, of course, but the thing you think about most is who is good enough to come into the life of me and the kids?”
JLo has the children most of the time in California, while Anthony reportedly stays in touch by Skype from his home in New York.
“You just want the kids to know they are loved, that’s the most important thing,” she says. “Being a mother is my number one priority.”
The protective attitude is hardly surprising after she and her children were lucky to escape unharmed from a terrifying car crash in Malibu last month.
The singer and fellow actress Leah Remini were taking their children to a restaurant with Remini driving J.Lo’s new SUV when they were hit from behind.
Jennifer says: “We were only five feet from the restaurant when a guy just slammed into the back of us. I swear I thought a boulder had fallen on top of us. It was so scary and I got out of the car and started yelling and screaming because I was so frightened the kids could have been hurt. It was a very scary situation and my daughter was sobbing.
“The guy was driving drunk and got arrested. But we were all fine. The kids were all in the back seat with their seatbelts on, thank goodness.”
Nowadays free time and a family trip are a luxury for J.Lo as she juggles movies, albums, a world tour and writing a book with charity work and caring for her children.