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Newly Single Jennifer Lopez: 'I'm Stronger and, I Think, Better'

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez is moving forward.

Fresh from her break-up with her boyfriend of more than two years, Casper Smart, the singer has emerged with a new-found sense of confidence.

"Things have changed so much for me," Lopez told Billboard magazine. "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."

Lopez, 44, began dating the back-up dancer, 27, shortly after her split from ex-husband Marc Anthony. Now that their relationship has come to an end, she has thrown herself into work, promoting her new album, AKA, which will be released Tuesday.

"I never put myself out there to show the world what I could do in the best way I could. 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," she said. "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."

That sense of unpredictability is more appealing to Lopez now than ever.

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

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