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J-Lo: I hate being called a cougar

Jennifer Lopez has said she hated being labelled a cougar just because she has dated a younger man.

The 45-year-old actress and singer dated backing dancer Casper Smart, who is 18 years her junior, from October 2011 to June 2014.

But J-Lo complained to Ellen DeGeneres on her chat show: " I hate that they would have like a label for a woman that would date a younger guy. If a younger guy is interested in you, what's the big deal?!

"But what's the word for the man who's after the younger girl?!

"I'm not after younger guys. If younger guys like me then that's one thing.

"But there's like guys who just go after younger women. They have no name. No label. And you can date one person. Label."

The star added: " I think there's just a little bit of an imbalance there - not fair!"

In her new movie, The Boy Next Door, J-Lo stars alongside 27-year-old Ryan Guzman. The racy thriller sees the toy boy neighbour develop a dangerous obsession with Jennifer's character after they have a one night stand.

Ellen teased J-Lo about attending the Golden Globes with Ryan as her date, but the actress denied there was any romance between them off screen.

The chat show host joked: "Not yet," and J-Lo laughed: "You never know..."

PA Media