Jennifer Lopez, Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

Jennifer Lopez looked smokin' hot on the June 21 cover of Billboard.

The 44-year-old "First Love" singer puts her famous booty on display by wearing a cherry-colored Alaïa catsuit. In true Lopez style, she upped the glam factor with Julieri jewels and Christian Louboutin heels.

But enough body talk—Lopez has plenty of other things to say in the accompanying profile. "Things have changed so much for me," the musical diva says in the interview, which was presumably conducted before she called it quits with Casper Smart. "I had to really do some soul searching and just realize a lot of things about love, and now I feel like I come from a place where I'm stronger and, I think, better."

Those themes were explored in Lopez's new album, A.K.A., available in stores and for download June 17.

Jennifer Lopez, Billboard Magazine

Courtesy Joe Pugliese for Billboard

"I've always strayed from embracing all these different parts of myself as a person and as an artist, but this time I was like, 'I am all these different things,'" the single singer explains. "I can be silly, I can make fun of myself, but I can also be deathly serious and way too deep and introspective sometimes. I think people have so many more sides to themselves than just one. We're much more colorful than that."

In terms of her career, the American Idol judge says, "I don't feel like I have anything to prove anymore."

If Lopez is going to be compared to anyone in the industry, she'd prefer it were in relation to established icons like Cher and Tina Turner, "and all these people who came a generation before this one and showed us that you don't have to, as a young woman, have an expiration date. You can go on, and you can do what you want into your 60s and 70s and you can be powerful and be vulnerable and be human. And I think we're just carrying that on. I'd like to think I'm part of the generation that's carrying that on."

While Lopez doesn't have a booming voice like Mariah Carey or Adele, she's A-OK with her talents. "I never put myself out there to show the world what I could do in the best way I could," she explains. "And touring, you gain a lot when you go out there every night and sing when you feel good, or even when your voice is scratchy and you feel a little off. It made me want to get back into the studio without that cage I had put on myself. Once I let that beast loose, I was doing things I didn't know I could do."

Jennifer Lopez, Billboard Magazine

Courtesy Joe Pugliese for Billboard

What's next for the "I Luh Ya Papi" singer?

"I don't know what I'm going to be doing in the next six months. I really don't," she insists. "And that's OK for me. Because what I like is whatever happens is supposed to happen. And I'm good. I can roll with that."

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