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Has JLo Got a New Beau?

If the tabloids are right, there might just be a new leading backup man in Jennifer Lopez‘s life.

The recently divorced Multitasker from the Block has had an unarguably interesting and amusing year, between the split with Marc Anthony, filming of features including “Parker,” and “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” emotional performances at casinos, appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair, romance rumors with searingly dull Bradley Cooper and cute but inadvisable William Levy, not to mention launching an online digital video series version of teen gossip mag Tiger Beat with some serious digital types, and attaching her name to a reality TV series about tow trucks.

Now she’s heating up the inter-tubes with word that she’s got her hands on yet another backup dancer (In the words of a toddler I know and love: “AGAIN?”), relatively unknown 24 year-old Casper Smart. (Real name? BAH! I will eat my hat.)

So what gives?

Smart, who claims to be 5’8″ and 160 lbs on his website, has also made appearances on the “This is It” World Tour, on “Glee“, and in Honey 2 and “Step Up 3D“. Impressive. I also hear he’s a  dancer at Los Angeles’ super-swanky English-manor-house-themed Boulevard Club.  For me, this conjures delightful images of the Bronx Bombshell selecting him from among the shirtless go-go boys. Maybe she called him  to her private room… “You will be my temporary boo, little man.  Follow.” (Cut to her people doing rush background checks.)

Okay no, so seriously, how the pair actually got to talking is anyone’s  guess, and what they have in common can probably be summed up by the  word “abs.” On the other hand it could be that itty bitty wiry guys just  do it for JLo. Whatever. The pint-size dancing duo officially met at work, when the Los Angeles, California-based Smart krumped, popped and locked in JLo‘s wake during live shows, including “American Idol.

But it seems the notoriously romantic star is not quite ready for her next Big Romance. “An insider says their relationship is “nothing serious.”  says US Weekly’s secret source, in an article “Jennifer Lopez Dating Sexy Dancer Casper Smart: Cris Judd 2.0?” (Notice it’s not called “JLo Dating Smart Dancer Casper Sexy”. Just sayin’…):

So is Jenny saving all her love for Bradley Cooper? Maybe, maybe not:

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.”

We have another theory for you. Maybe JLo‘s having a little fun with Casper to make herself look better to Cooper? TMZ has some cutie-pie pictures of the two this summer in the Ukraine, and the following suggestive little note:

According to our sources, Lopez and Smart spent the first few months as  “just friends” — flirting, talking and just hanging out — but lately  they’ve been touchy-feely in front of JLo‘s other dancers.

Yoo hoo, Bradley – are you watching? We are!



By Vanessa Beatriz Soto



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