Jennifer Lopez covers the October 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan
. The issue will arrive on newsstands on September 10th. In the interview, Jlo talks about her controversial
decision to perform at the birthday party for the Turkmenistan president. She also talks about her boyfriend Casper Smart and not feeling secure until later in life.
On Performing for the Turkmenistan President
: "I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions. I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes. But I promise that when I fall, I get back up. When I am wrong, I will learn the lesson and move on to face other challenges. For me, that's what creating your own life is. Doing your best work while being your best self."
On When She Started Feeling Secure About Herself
: "It was after I had kids to be honest...The biggest insecurity I had was my singing. Even though I had sold 70 million records, there was this feeling like, I'm not good at this. And while I was married to Marc, he helped me get over it. He kept telling me, 'You're the only one holding yourself back from reaching your full potential as a singer. You have to let go'...I was always so insecure and just kind of going along. Then I grew, little by little, and realized, wait a minute, this is not a fluke. I'm not a mistake - I work my ass off. And I know what I'm doing."
On Her Boyfriend, Casper Smart, 26
: "For me, it's about having a great partner to walk this life with. I have my own high standards for what I want in a partner and how I want to be treated. I bring a lot to the table. I'm not talking about material things but what I have to offer as a person - love and loyalty and all the things that make a good relationship."