January 4th, 2013
04:11 PM ET
Jennifer Lopez: Mentally, I'm 16 to 18
Jennifer Lopez applies the adage "age is nothing but a number" to herself as well as her love life.
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The singer/dancer/actress is turning 44 this year, but she tells Harper's Bazaar in its February issue that her mental age is "16 to 18."
"That's when I became the person that I am," she says. "Even though I didn't realize the whole journey I would go on, I still feel all that youthfulness."
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And she'd have to, we presume, in order to keep up with her intense schedule, complete with 16-hour days and frequent travel. But she also has her support system with her on the road, including her four-year-old twins, Max and Emme, her mom, and her boyfriend, Casper Smart.
"He's fantastic; he's like my best friend," she says of Smart, 25. "I can tell him everything, when I'm feeling down, when I'm feeling good. He gives moral support, endless love and support."
He also helps out with the kids, who have grown accustomed to "being around a lot of people," Lopez continued. "They're open, happy, curious, smart, loving, affectionate. They're ... rambunctious."
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And while she could have slowed it all down and signed up for being an "American Idol" judge and nothing more, the star says she wouldn't have found that as fulfilling.
"I'm not a judge for a living," Lopez says. "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."
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Sellout money grabbing b!tch with no morals. How many blood diamonds did yuo buy with your blood money you lowlife skum=?
Hey JLo, physically I'm 8 – 10. 8 limp and 10 hard!
Wait, what? She completes entire "intense" "16 hour days"??? Oh wait.. 24 hours in a day, subtract 16 hours, equals 8 hours of non-"day" (sleep). I wish I got that much sleep in my intense work days. And so does everyone I know.
who cares–i love being me and i love x with a man i trust all the time...its the best!!!
happy womping to all....jlo you do NOT feel 16...you look amazing but you do not feel 16...please
i embrace my age...i could care less what anyone thinks and more importantly i have a guy that wants me all the time!!!! jlo its not the difficult...
Why is she saying this stuff?. It does not make her seem young. It makes her seem desperate. She is so accomplished, has had so much success and she is still insecure about aging as a woman. So sad. And she is trying to raise children who are confident and independent. Who is the role model for them?
Hi Jen, that's what old people say!
"I'm not a judge for a living," Lopez says. "I'm a singer..."
A singer?? OMG don't make me laugh! My husband knows what JLo really sounds like when she sings without all the autotune. Horrible!
Mental Age is used by psychologists to calculate IQ: IQ = (Mental Age / Physical Age) * 100, but in this equation Physical Age is limited to stop at 15 because that is when the brain stops developing. Since your IQ doesn't change much over the years between childhood and senility, that means the average person with an IQ of 100 has a Mental Age of 15. Ms. Lopez's claim of a Mental Age of 16 to18 would correspond to an IQ of 107 to 120, which is probably correct for somebody who has been so successful.
what?! Actually the brain continues developing until AGE TWENTY FIVE. Look it up.
So, what's her point?
Mentally 16 or 18? Emotional immaturity–it explains a lot. J Lo needs to grow up.
Mentally 16or 18? Emotional immaturity–it explains a lot.
jlo? I'm sure she looks at herself every single day...and walks with her head high every single day of her life...and willl walk high for the remainder of her life....and why? because she's number 1 and her fans love her and she has the charisma that people want-I love jlo.
I don't usually comment, but I think it is time for JLo to look at herself in the mirror .
I don't usually comment, but it is time for JLo to took at herself in the mirror .
At this rate she'll be in diapers before she turns 60.
Another entertainer with a mental disease ? Who would of thunk ?! LOL!
Hope she doesn't have guns, people with mental disorders, should not have any guns via commandments from king Obama.
What's really sad is that she has the labia of a 60 year old.
"The Labia of a 60 year old..." LMAO. But you mean the labia of a 60 year old elephant, right?
Lopez may think like a teen, but she has a poo poo butt that has been taking dumps for over 40 years.
I would've guessed 8 or 9, but OK.....
is not the way to go...you can't post judgement on being 16 when you don't even know what is truly going on at 45.
marc anthony said goodbye to her....she's soooooooo loud and immature
whatever you do, just don't get remarried again ......marriage doesn't work for you
She is a low class no talent self absorbed piece of trash. Go back to obscurity, JHO! Idol fired you, its time to get lost, for good!
IS THAT WHY YOU ARE DATING A TWEENAGER
Everyone that goes through menopause convinces themselves that they are young
It's known as regression.
we all have....
There's nothing wrong with feeling younger than your age and staying energetic and active and everything, but it's just creepy to say you feel like a teenager at 45, and to date a 25 year old. So her career really took off at around that age, so she just wants to re-live it basically? I would think if you had some semblance of fulfillment in your current life you'd feel less of an inclination to live in the past, be it bad or good. She seems like she's emotional stagnant and desperate to hold on to the past and fight change and growth, and that's kind of the 'ugly' side of holding on to your youth. but then again what do I know i dont know the woman...
RICH, SUCCESSFUL, BEAUTIFUL....BUT LOVING THE "HELP".....I PLAN TO CALL YOU OUT....YOU CAN'T
MAKE UP UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE SLEEPING WITH A YOUNG MAN "OK'.
THE BODY GUARD, THE GARDNER, , THE DOG WALKER, THE HIRED DANCER, SOME YOU PAY...
YOU GIVE MONEY TO FOR A SERVICE....THE HIRED HELP! JUST SAY I AM SLEEPING WITH
THE HIRED HELP...I PAY HIS SALARY....HE A NORMAL GUY WHO MAYBE HAD A WONDER GIRLFRIEND,
AND I WAS ABLE TO TAKE HIM FROM HER BECAUSE HE JUST A NORMAL GUY YOU REALLY LOOKS
UP TO ME.....AND WELL I WAS BLUE SO IT WAS EASY, HE LOVES ME DEARLY (WHY NOT)
THIS COULD HAPPEN TO ANY NORMAL PERSON....YOU CAN'T HANDLE SOMEONE ON YOUR
LEVEL.....BUT THE "HELP' I PAY THEM TO LOVE ME....
i will sorry rock when the time is right...not sure why your care...your just a blogger.
no reason to be so careful
I love Jennifer Lopez! But Jennifer darhling, do you still have a publicist? Think before you speak.
jlo is sooooooo beautiful.
every once in awhile...its good for the soul. She's thinner then she ever was, her butt in still in postion, lust away my jlo
I'd totally hit that. Even better if she was physically 16 to 18!
"Mentally, I'm 16 to 18"
Sounds about right.
who is this jealous person...
How pathetic. Can someone please forcibly sterilize her- we don't need more of this.
she is soooooooooo smart.
I would think Marc Anthony would be concerned for his children after a statement like that.
Really Jennifer...? Probably not strengthing your PR by saying you have the mind of an adolescent teenage girl...we all know that teens aren't always the most stable......Just keep dancing and singing...leave the talking for your PR folks...
dont liiiiiiiiisten to anyone
Then she needs to 'grow up'.
JLo is not a role model for our young girls. It is a shame that she is so glamorized as if her lifestyle should be accepted as normal. She is obviously looking to fill a giant size hole. She dates and sleeps around to try and fill this void but only God can fulfill her true need. He is the one who put the hole in each and every single one of us to come to Him for our needs and have a fulfilling relationship with HIM> I am a Puerto Rican and am glad that a majority of us have respect for ourselves and our bodies!!!!!
she is soooooooo beautiful
the guys want this butt ... JLO looks amazing for a 45 year old...she doesn't look like a rag like most women her age...she's hot end of story. the 25 year old men want her...good for you girl.
best of luck to JLO and many years of success
i hope i'm like JLO when i'm 45 years old. lol
JLO is my idol.
She's a bad example for her children. She needs to act her age. Time will catch up with her eventually like it does for all of us. Whatever.....
i truly love to lust for man - she's still beautiful and she still has it. enjoy your life jlo but not so many partners that's a nono give your body a rest, give it respect.
WHEN YOU SLEEP WITH MANY MEN, THE BODY CRAVES FOR WHAT EACH LOVER DID TO YOU....FACT..
SHE MAY HAVE MONEY, SHE MAY LOOK CUTE, SHE MAY BE SMART, BUT IN THE REAL WORLD....SHE
CAN'T KEEP A RELATIONSHIP....SHE CAN RAISE CHILDREN...HER BODY RECORDED EVERYTHING AND
IT WANT EVERYTHING .....YOUNG WOMEN LISTEN TO ME.....DON"T FALL FOR "SLEEP WITH WHO
EVERY" BECAUSE YOU WILL ALWAY BE SEARCHING FOR THE DESIRES THAT WILL NEVER BE
FULFILLED...AND YOU WILL GO FROM MAN TO MAN OR WOMEN TO WOMEN UNTIL THE DAY YOU
that's a long time!
Have another drink and then write some more....
Stop yelling. It just makes you sound idiotic and nobody reads all the way through.
She is not 16-18....she is an OLD HAG.
JLO STILL has the perfect ass.
She has the perfect ass....What is his name?
I thought she'd say she felt 25 inside.
The only 25 she feels inside her is the boyfriend...and I'd definitely give it to her better than this guy
JLO is the best. i am so happy she still feels like teenager. her picture is amazing. she stil has sooooooo much
to offer in the business and has millions of fans who love her...continued success jlo
lets not forget the 5k for being me...another 3k for being me...that's 46K since october...
what a beetch...ha
nobody asked...i made 20k and another 18K within last 2 weeks. NEXT.
selling lilliputians on the black market?
I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Rich45.ℂOM
is the most georgous women in the world. she has a great body, she is still a great dancer and she juggles kids and
AMAZING JUGGLER IN A 3 RING CIRCUS called her mother, nannies, boyfriend, all the people around them, a chef, makeup artist, hair stylist, massage therapists, cosmetic surgeon, trainer, assistant(s), Chauffeur, maid, Manager(s), Personal Stylist, father to her children, esthetician, choreographer, musicians---OMG, she is amazing! How does
LM AO! The best post ever!
She is right, her mentality is like a teenager in heat ,sleeping around , having four marriages already ,she is teenager without control ! nothing about this woman interst me t all,she is a ghetto listen how she talk"you know what Imean'you know,you know; is all what she sadi when she is in a interview....ghetto ",you can take the kid from the ghetto ,but you can't take the ghetto from the kid .....". and this teeager she is living with ,is not going to be the last believe me it will be many others......
I would agree that she appears to have the emotional maturity of a teenager.
her friends do right into the phone
are so jealous because she's attractive and has something going on in her life. she is stunning and has a great figure and men die to sleep with her. she's the best. keep plugging jlo
That is just men lusting after her . . . that means nothing but trouble . . . They lust after Michelle Obama but that don't mean you dump your husband and sleep with them . . . she needs to see a shrink . . . I don't blame Marc – run run !!
her life is perfect, kids, young boyfriend...all the best
she is 45 ... great body, great looks, still shakes her butt in front of 30,000 people and every one lives her.
she's is support by all has sold 80 million albums worldwide and on tour...she has 2 children and handles
her career and family perfectly.....keep going jlo we love you!!!!!!
YOU WOMEN ARE SO JEALOUS OF HER....KEEP THINKING YOUNG JLO–THAT'S WHY ALL YOUNG MEN STILL WANT TO GO TO BED WITH HER....YAY JLO...LOVED THE ARTICLE.
What is there to be jealous of – somebody that can't even keep a husband or relationship because she is so self obsorbed; so money/fame hungry that she would do anything to get it . . . a young boyfriend is only after her money and an opportunity to get fame (example – Ashton Kutcher) . . . She is bad example for her young children especially early on had Casper driving her & her kids around when he had a DUI pending . . . that woman needs help . . . Mark did just what Ben Affleck did left her once they found out what she was about . . .
she's another beauty like kim
I am 60. my mind says i'm 30 but my body tells me i am 60.
your so right nancy
I cannot believe this. I have heard most folks say they would love to be young with the benefit of all the experience they have. I am amused that JLO proudly wants to say she is mentally in her immature days and thinks she feels young because of that. I guess this is a really desperate attempt to feel and stay young?
NO GIRLFRIEND NOT WORKING.......YOU ARE 44YRS.OLD....END OF SUBJECT!
The real star of Cougar Town
she looks like a s*xy lion-grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Only a dimwit would say that he/she gets more immature as she ages . . . . If JLo was not good looking, she would be really, really, scary . . . .
another raving beauty...i'm glad she thinks young. good for jlo. the picture is beautiful and her lipstick is amazing.
I'm sure her kids will be happy to hear that......what a stupid statement to make, the fear of growing old is settling in....get used to it....we all age and die....its life.
good for jlo....be young...age in only a number...
Mentally she's 16 – 18??? That's still much higher than her I.Q.
Reminds me of Michael Jackson ,he did't want to grow ,he wants to be like Peter Pan .....really? she is a 44 old woman with kids and she thinks like a 18 years old? how sad! this woman has problems ,four marriagesand sleeping around still she really has immaturity problems I hope she will grow up someday ,her children need a mommy! thanks goodness I never buy her music,her tacky cheap clothes or her products
Well that declaration certainly says a lot about her. Feel sorry for her kids.
Mentally she's a hood rat with a severe personality disorder.
Scary. Most 16-18 year olds aren't that bright. But, this comment does explain a lot.
Now come on!!! i agree that she may feel younger than she is but i think we can all agree that there are things we did as teenagers that we wud never do as an adult! says a lot abt her mental state & maybe that is why she seeks to date people that are much younger than her. im 41 & i do see younger boys in their teens or guys that are very attractive, but to think abt datting one is simply gross they cud be my child...
Listen to them. They can't compare you with Demi Moore cause she is not able to have kids anymore. That's was the only way she could survive her marriage. They're wasting their time. How old is Demi? How old is Jlo? I'm 42 but every where I go they say I'm 25. It's a number that's all. You don't look Casper's mom they just want to discourage you it's not true. Do you care about them. Every body is moralist for Jlo. You don't know where they were studied. Separate from someone you share love is not an easy case. What about your situation is it better than her. She needs to be happy. Her husband is rich but something wasn't worked. She finds love with Casper good for her cause happyness is saving life. If she's not happy she's gonna be diabetic and hypotension
She needed IVF to have the twins a few years ago? Even though she lied about it, like most celebrities, 42 going on 43 is not exactly the most fertile time, most women are infertile by age 44 due to aging eggs, fertility clinics normally will not even take a woman past 42 or 43 max using their own eggs they know the success rate is so low, she is only what 7-8 years younger than Demi Moore? Demi Moore could have had kids but she probably did not want to use donor eggs or a surrogate like most older celebrities that choose to lie about it? Do you really think Angela Bassett and Nancy Grace used their own eggs in their late 40s early 50s to have their twins? I work in health care, the wealthy and celebs try to pretend they don't do these things only a few are honest about it like Celine Dion, Marcia Cross, Angelina Jolie was even honest about it, although at her age she was doing it she said for convenience of having the twins vs a singleton.
she's beautiful like kim kardashian is.
About as much depth as a pie plate.
Boy, there's a lot of animosity here. I interpret her comment to be about her energy and youthful outlook. I wouldn't take it so literally.
I have enjoyed some of her music and movies so whatever works for her to keep fans entertained, then have at it.
Jennifer Lynn Lopez is perfect for me.
I truly love J-Lo, especially all her movies that I've seen many times. J-Lo honey you look spectacular but honestly, your beau looks like he could be your younger brother or maybe even your son. Sorry, but true.
Mentally, Jlo is a wacko. She should think more about her kids when she acts like an idiot. She acts like a desperate woman.
Its her fear of aging that is setting her off. Not grounded and no substance. It will take its toll.
at 45 years old no matter what shape your in....you know you are NOT 16 years old. you may have fun memories of being 16 yrs old or do something funny that you did at that age...but you are NOT mentally 16 years old.
Jlo is a nut sometimes..
that's kind of sad, a grown woman who still thinks she has the personality or mind of a 16 year old. There is so much growing up to do after your teen years, if someone hasn't grown mentally in 28 years, then what is the point to any of this?
go for it JLO!!
with "stars" like J-Lo, Kim Kardashian, and youtube- anyone can come to America and be a star! Americans are idiots who idolize other peoples lives...people that can't think for themselves... magazines full of trash...trying to figure out who is having the next baby. Its disgusting. For JLo to admit she's 18 mentally? LOL...i think she needs help.
Kate, it's idiotic to think that Americans have cornered the market on celebrity obsession. While I agree that there is far too much focus on celebrities, it is, in moderation, a healthy form of escapism for many...around the world.
I am so proud that JLo hasn't earned a penny of my money.
Ah, but she earned something much more valuable than your money: your time 🙂
You don't have a penny you welfare bunny
Yup, I agree with her – cause she acts that age! What a dunce – never liked her, never will. She's so full of herself. I actually dismiss her as a singer/actress/performer – whatever – because she shows little depth to anything she does. She's a 3-dollar bill – plain and simple. With her dating a a25-yr old, when does she have time to raise her other two babies? Shame, shame.................
I busted one off in her when we were both 15. true story
Jennifer's candor is more accurate than she is probably willing to admit.
Mentally, Jennifer, you're a lot younger than that.
You flatter yourself Lopez. Mentally and emotionally you're 12-15.
When she says, " a lot of people", does she really mean guys?
That explains EVERYTHING!
I agree with her that age is a state of mind. I find it odd, though, that a 44 year old would think of herself as 16-18. I guess that would make her boyfriend the adult in the group?
Why does she look so white in that photo? To my black and latino sisters: BE PROUD OF YOUR SKIN COMPLEXION!!!
She was white to begin with, latino isn't a race. I'm actually from the island (Puerto Rico) and i can tell you most people like her are usually of spanish descent. There are white latinos, black latinos, the native american/ tainos or even a mixture of the three. But i can tell you she is white. Btw i'm a black puerto rican.
Hispanic is a race not an ethnicity, you can be black and hispanic and white and hispanic or indian or a combination of any or all three, she has so much white in her she refused to participate in DNA testing as she did not want to alienate her non white fans, George Lopez said 'bring it on' meaning the DNA testing, most Hispanics identify themselves as white according to the census bureau anyway, whenever you see her without makeup and spray tans she is quite light, as is Mariah Carey, check out pictures at the beach, in water, etc., light complexions naturally.
@Bianca, sheadmits to Cheung a mix of native American (from PR), black and white. She isn't just white, just look at her features and even her mom.
@laylafl, Mariah is black and white. Just because someone is fair-skinned doesn't make them white.
Unfortunately i've met so many Hispanics.who check off white but are actually mestizo out of denial and shame. So sad.
P.s. That comment does sound a little cra cra but that may be due to the editing of the article.
Why on earth does she want to date a 25yr old? Hasn't she learned anything from Demi Moore??
Puerto Ricans are that already, so this is not news to anyone
so that explains why she likes little boys....uuggg
That explains so much. I never liked her and never will. The only thing between her ears is hot air and she just confirmed it to be true.
Why do sad sacks like you spend time reading and commenting on articles about celebrities you don't even like? I can only imagine how much you hate your life that this is how you choose to spend your free time. Why not try commenting following articles that interest you in a positive way.
Very true! She lacks both talent and brain.
Cant say anything ;-?
From an IQ standpoint as well...
So she's the mental age of 16 or 18, and she's responsibile for 4-year-old twins. That's good?!
I was thinking the same thing but she probably hires out help...
So she's the mental age of 16 or 18 and she has the responsibilty for 4-year old twins. That's good.
Her actions confirm that mentally she is 16-18.