Jennifer Lopez is dating a 24 yo back up dancer, makes sure we know all about it

It looks like whatever fake romance J.Lo was trying to cook up with Bradley Cooper in the tabloids has either fizzled out or never was. Lopez, 42, has been sleeping with one of her backup dancers, a 24 year-old squat shaved kid named Casper Smart. Multiple outlets have this story with insider “sources” in Lopez’s camp to confirm the news and add details. It’s predictable, and it’s all about how J.Lo is sexy and desirable. The story has a whiff of haughty desperation about it, just like J.Lo. The stories do acknowledge that it’s just a fling for her, though, a fling that she’s more than willing to confirm.

A few months after she and husband Marc Anthony announced they were splitting, the American Idol judge appears to be logging time with a new man: Los Angeles-based dancer Casper Smart.

“Yes, they are dating and having a good time,” a source tells PEOPLE of the pair. “They’ve been getting more open with their flirting for weeks.”

Smart, who has appeared in Glee, Step Up 3D and How I Met Your Mother, reportedly also dances at Los Angeles-area nightclubs.

Smart also reported that he and Lopez worked together on Friday night, posting on his Facebook page: “In Palo Alto Bout to do a show w/ Jennifer Lopez for some1s birthday.”

Lopez had been most recently linked to Bradley Cooper.

As for her budding romance with Casper, another source describes it as “a fun fling.” Says the source: “It’s not meant to turn into anything more.”

A rep for Lopez had no comment.

This wouldn’t be the first time Lopez, 42, has been romantically involved with a dancer. She was married to choreographer and dancer Cris Judd in 2001, and the couple split in 2002.

[From People]

Yes Lopez’s rep had “no comment,” but People still got a “source” to tell them that “they are dating and having a good time.” Both TMZ and The Insider also have confirmation from sources, along with additional details. My favorite quotes are in US Weekly, where Lopez’s people try to explain away her “breakup” with Bradley Cooper:

Lopez “liked the thrill and the fact that Bradley has been pursuing her,” but a source says she “has really been trying to concentrate on her kids and work. But Bradley has been especially eager.”

So Lopez has been “trying to concentrate on her kids and work,” so she rejected the movie star and picked a no-name backup dancer 18 years younger than she is. I’m so sure that’s exactly how it happened. Is she going to keep dating 20-something lovers post divorce, just like Madonna? At least she’s not marrying them yet.






These photos are from Casper, the friendly back-up dancer’s Facebook. Lopez is shown out in NY on 11/8 with her daughter and at an event on 11/7. Credit: Fame

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  1. Samigirl says:

    Gah. I just can’t with this guy. He looks like a slightly more tan, bigger nosed version of Jon Cryer, except not cute and affable.

  2. Pyewacket says:

    AHAHAHA! Good call on the Jon Cryer!

    My gaydar is off the charts with this dude.

  3. mia girl says:

    JLo, if you are trying to impress us, it’s not working.

  4. workerbee says:

    She definitely has a type. He has a Skeletor-y look about him just like Marc.

  5. Katie says:

    Didn’t she learn anything from her relations with Chris Judd?

  6. Cherry says:

    Oh, give us a break. Even a blind horse can tell that boy is gay.

  7. Quest says:

    A back-up dancer, again….geez! One of the worst statistics in relationships and marriage is probably JLO (I wonder why?)

  8. says:

    At least get a good-looking boy toy.

  9. Silk Spectre says:

    Ok, Jenny from the block you already had a waiter, actor, backup dancer and a singer. All didn’t work out. Why not try a baller? Will bring you the attention you’re so deperate for!

  10. Nancy C. says:

    she is such an attention whore. she can never stay with a man past the honeymoon phase. Ben Affleck doesn’t know how lucky he is.

  11. Erinn says:

    Ughhh nothing against short guys, but he looks so awkwardly tiny next to her.

    And what a great idea- dating a guy who’s almost half your age when you’re a mother. JLo doesn’t seem to be too into this whole motherhood thing.

  12. Maritza says:

    He definitely looks like a young Jon Cryer with a six pack. Jennifer’s daughter Emma is looking more and more like her mom each day.

  13. Jules says:

    My gaydar just broke with this one.

  14. Pat says:

    What she is doing is no different than what Madonna is doing really. When your an older woman the younger men are just more appealing and fun. She’s obviously not looking at this as a serious relationship, her kids will probable never meet him and that is the way it should be. I say more power to her, enjoy the sex and how young he makes you feel, just don’t get married to him.
    I don’t think she really has a type the, she’s been all over the spectrum with her men. Although this one does kind of resemble a young and healthy Marc Anthony. She’s got other hot and young dancers in that group, I wonder what this one had that made her choose him?

  15. mymotherraisedmebetter says:


  16. journey says:

    reminds me of lee ann rimes ex-husband, only with tattoos.

  17. Flan says:

    Good for her.

    Men do it all the time.

  18. catt says:

    Well I disagree with the statement that younger men are more appealing when you are older. For me it’s the other way around. I couldn’t stand a young guy no matter how appealing he was because they just don’t have the wisdom and the self confidence and the life experience an older guy has. Plus older men as way better lovers….now I’m talking about hot sexy older guys not some balding pot bellied over the hill specimen.

  19. hillbilly in the corner says:

    She old enough to be that boy’s mother………….because he looks like the only thing they would share is her wardrobe ?
    Kind of like she say to Marc ” See I can still get a man…” Oops ! maybe she should try again this one ain’t ripe yet…….

  20. NYC_girl says:

    I don’t like guys who don’t have hair on their chests. It looks creepy and adolescent to me, by that’s just me.

  21. Kaboom says:

    Any bets that she’ll create a “hostile work environment” for boy-toy once he wants out?

  22. ladybert62 says:

    My god – she has the worst taste in men! They all look like skeletons with ugly faces. And his tattoos – yuk.

    Also, I think he is gay so I dont believe this story entirely.

  23. tapioca says:

    @Flan: Yes they do. Right after the Porsche and the earring and all those mid-life crisis purchases we laugh at. Desperately trying to hold on to your youth by allowing an embryo access to your black Amex is gender-neutral.

    Poor J-Lo! It must be pretty galling to know that she can’t even get herself a hot toyboy these days…

  24. You don't say says:

    I agree with whoever said it is what Madonna does, or for that matter Clooney and DiCaprio. Men get the “sexy older man” label and women get the “aging cougar” label. Doesn’t seem very fair.

    They are all afraid of getting old and not looking appealing, so they go for someone who looks like their child, though DiCaprio seems a bit young for that, he still does it.

  25. Justaposter says:

    Didn’t she already do this with hubby number 1?!

  26. Iggles says:

    catt – To each their own. I have never been attracted to older men. That said, I am definitely not attracted to dudes that young! Yuck!

    I think the rule for age should apply – divide your age and add 7 – that’s the youngest you should go for! So that means JLO’s youngest should be 28! Personally I think she should go for 30 and up.

  27. Blergh says:

    Is she kidding?

  28. Leigh says:

    oh no.
    The boy looks 15.

  29. Jayna says:

    Madonna’s boy toys, Jesus and Brahim, were hotter. JLO needs to better looking one. JLO must be trying to get back at the Hangover actor for dropping her after a few dates.

  30. Denise says:

    What about B-Coop? That story was a hoax; this I believe as this guy is so her type.

  31. Madisyn says:

    Madonna 2.0

  32. Feebee says:

    If the genders were reversed it’d be called a midlife crisis.

    Who is she trying to convince? Her public or herself?

  33. gk says:

    It wouldn’t be the first time she went out with a gay guy.Hello..she married Cris Judd.
    He gets the publicity and she gets the attention of younger fans.To prove she’s still relevant and can attract younger men.Just like Madonna …pathetic

  34. Criss says:

    Her taste in men is weird.

  35. SkyNet says:

    Ewww. That’s nasty.

  36. midnightmoon says:

    egads. he’s ugly and she’s an IDIOT. i am convinced that woman lives inside a mirror-lined bubble and simply has NO CLUE how she comes across. yecchh. blechhh. icky. and i say this as an older woman who had a VERY hot affair with a much younger man-for THREE YEARS-i talk about it b/c i know how it FEELS to do it, but if i was famous? i’d never publicize it to anyone. i cannot think what she is thinking to publicize this fling. gawd almighty what a shitbomb.

  37. Alejandro says:

    Madonna’s boytoys were hotter and she never put out a mention on People magazine about the status of her relationships. JLO obviously has something to prove with this. The age thing doesn’t concern me, who cares, he’s just unattractive but good luck to her.

  38. Happy21 says:

    My first thought – he is gay.

    My second thought – he is still gay.

    I am not usually one to comment on sexuality because I don’t care but I can’t help it here. The 13 year old that JLo is boffing looks very feminine and gay to me. He is probably only boffing her so he can get his name in the press.

  39. Mark says:

    Obvi- GAY
    Obvi- Publicitay
    Obvi- Getting into her Madonna Not Aging Gracefully Mode,,,

  40. Gemini says:

    LOL Leigh! He does look like he’s 15.

  41. Marjalane says:

    Thought bubble above Jlo’s little girl:

    “Who is this stranger holding my hand? She looks vaguely familiar.”

  42. Sassy says:

    He looks like he’s 15 and into boys. What is wrong with her? She has the worst taste in men.

  43. the H says:


  44. the original bellaluna says:

    Of course she is – it’s her MO.

  45. Euphorima says:

    Dang….not the cutest duckling is he!!!!

  46. Madrid says:

    She always tries so hard… but no class, no originality, not even a good PR

  47. Suzy (from Ontario, Canada) says:

    Personally I think these older women who are having these “relationships” with these much younger guys just come off looking kind of desperate and pathetic to me. There are plenty of men who are older and interesting and guys like the one above just don’t hold any interest for me at all. They’re babies and I doubt they’re intellectual giants. Unless I had some unimaginable attraction that hit us both and made age totally irrelevant, I wouldn’t even bother. It just comes off, to me, feeling like these women are doing it (and advertising it) to prove to themselves and especially everyone else how vital and sexually attractive they still are …and like I said, it comes off to me as caring too much about what others think of that. Who cares!? Just comes off as icky to me and I think they look kind of stupid.

    Like Madonna with her boytoys…when she was with her ex-husband she appeared like a mature, sexy woman aging with class and intelligence. With these young guys…she just looks stupid. Some of these stars just don’t seem able to cope with aging gracefully. Getting older doesn’t have to mean becoming worse, but you DO change and trying to fight that and stay the way you were at 21 is ridiculous. It doesn’t work and just looks pathetic. Time to change and reinvent yourself and grow a little.

  48. Alizor says:

    This chick has horrible taste in men
    I do understand the appeal for younger guys though… Am I a cougar yet at 33?

  49. Camille says:

    This new kid that JHo is dating is fug and reminds me of a healthier looking Marc Anthony. *shudder*

  50. taxi says:

    So unattractive! A sophisticated or mature man would avoid her like a virus. Maybe her ego requires the sort of boost she gets by being able to boss around a kid, especially one who works for her. No question who has the cojones in this duo.

  51. crtb says:

    Aren’t you all the same people who thouth Ellen Barkin’s relationship was so cool? What’s the difference? An older woman dating someone way too young for her.

  52. Dana says:

    Diddy must be laughing his ass off!

  53. Sue says:

    Really don’t get her taste in men. Small, feminine, and submissive.

  54. Iggles says:

    Eww. I just realized he’s short! He’s half her age and short. Why didn’t she just adopt a third kid??

  55. CeeCee says:

    get a grip JLo, you’re a mother…. Why is she still ‘singing’ and touring anyway, who goes to these shows!?

  56. Miranda says:

    Are we supposed to think she’s not desperate and still hot because this short little gay boy wants her? Gross.

  57. Rita says:

    I pitty her
    she always seems so desperate