JLo: Enough with cougar label!
Jennifer Lopez thinks the hype surrounding women who date younger men needs to die.
The 45-year-old singer and actress has been labelled a “cougar” in the past due to dating younger men.
And it’s a title she believes is long overdue for retirement as it perpetuates inequality between the sexes.
“All the old clichés about women need to be undone. Enough already,” she told America’s Self magazine. “We’re in the other position now. We are desirable older, we can date younger guys and it’s not this big taboo. Men have been doing this for years, and it’s no big deal. Enough with the clichés about women. We can date younger guys… it’s no big deal.”
Jennifer is known perhaps as much for her high-profile romances as she is for her biggest box-office and chart-topping hits.
The star, who both finalised her divorce from Marc Anthony and split from boyfriend Casper Smart last summer, also opened about about the “pain” of sharing her break-ups with the public.
“When you have that much pain, you have to anesthetize yourself in some ways,” she said, adding that she does her best to take care of herself during darker times.
“People do different things. Some go out and party and sleep around, but that’s just not my way. I found the comfort in someone else. That’s called being a love addict. When I face myself, I go, You have a fear of really being on your own. So you know what? That’s what we’re gonna do right now. But it took me years to get there. So first it was learning to love myself. And then it was about facing my fears.”
The star is now making good on the promise to make herself a priority. And she’s looking forward to helping lay to rest stereotypes about women.
“I want to prove to everyone that I can do everything and be a superwoman,” she said. “But I have to take time for myself.”
© Cover Media