Jennifer Lopez: “I Hung on to My Fairytale Ideals for a Long Time"

Jennifer Lopez at the Tommy Hilfiger West Coast flagship party
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Jennifer Lopez has always been known for being a romantic.

The 44-year-old American Idol judge is on the cover of InStyle's April 2014 issue where she talks about love and living her life a bit differently than before.

“In the past, love for me has always meant forever, and sure, you still nurse some of those fantasies, but I don’t try to force it anymore,” she told the magazine.

“I hung on to my fairytale ideals for a long time. But where I am now, what I’ve been through, there are no rules. There are lots of ways it can turn out instead of just one.”

Lopez also revealed that she no longer tries to plan out her life as she once did and she's happy with that.

“You get to a point in life where it suddenly occurs to you that you don’t need all the things you once thought you did—that it’s really, well, convoluted,” she said during her InStyle cover interview.

“My life feels overblown sometimes, and I don’t want it to be. I want it to be streamlined. So I’m living a much more unscripted life now than I have in a long time.”

J.Lo's InStyle cover hits newsstands Friday, March 14! For more on her interview, click here.