01/16/2013 04:37 pm ET Updated Jan 16, 2013

Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart: Singer Says Boyfriend Helped Her Heal After Divorce

Jennifer Lopez's 25-year-old boyfriend, Casper Smart, is much more than simply a boy toy to the 43-year-old "Dance Again" singer. In this week's issue of People magazine, Lopez credits Smart with getting her through her difficult divorce from Marc Anthony.

"I just got out of a big, heavy, devastating thing, and he's helped me heal," Lopez said in the interview. "He's been there for me."

Although Lopez has previously said that she and Smart "don't really think" about their 18-year age difference, she now admits to occasionally feeling insecure about it.

"I ask him, 'Why don't you go find a young girlfriend and get out of here? What do you want with me?'" she said. "And you think, 'How long is this gon' be?' ... The truth is we don't know what's going to happen. We're loving this moment right now. We make each other happy."

Rumors of their May-December romance first emerged when Smart -- who is a dancer and creative director of her "Dance Again" tour -- was seen leaving her New York City hotel in November 2011. On an episode of "Ellen" airing Wednesday, Lopez told DeGeneres that she enjoyed having him around on her recently wrapped world tour.

"It was actually great because I was away from home for so long," she said. "So to have that support was actually a nice thing."

Lopez and Anthony split in July 2011 after seven years of marriage. Anthony filed for divorce the following year in April 2012. The pair has two children together -- four-year-old twins Max and Emme.

Lopez is hardly the first female celebrity to date a much younger man after divorce. Click through the slides below for more on J.Lo and nine other stars who did the same.

Celebs Who Dated Younger Men After Divorce

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