J. LO & CASPER: THE SPLIT GETS NASTY
She seemed to be sending a message. On Aug. 26, two days after her split with Casper Smart, Jennifer Lopez posted to Instagram a photo of herself looking like she’s ready for a fight standing over a piece of sidewalk graffiti with the words “Protect Yo Heart.” Below those three words was a heart surrounded by spikes.
It’s getting ugly. “J. Lo was feeling very used by Casper, so she dumped him,” a source tells In Touch. But the 29-year-old dancer turned choreographer isn’t going quietly. As of late August, Casper was still camped out in J. Lo’s LA mansion while she shoots her NBC cop show, Shades of Blue, in NYC. “He was refusing to move out of Jennifer’s house and even threatened legal action if Jennifer attempts to have the locks changed. He won’t accept that the relationship is over.” But after five years of ups and downs with Casper — including a headlinemaking 2014 breakup over his flirtation with a transsexual model — and weeks of blowout fights, Jennifer, 47, “now feels he’s only eager to get back together because he wants access to her bank account,” the source adds.
J. Lo didn’t waste any time taking action. “She cut off all of his credit cards and access to a bank account she’d established for him. Let’s see how long he can survive without her financial support,” says the source. “She was very generous to Casper. Dating her has a lot of perks — private-jet travel, over-the-top vacations, attending only the best parties — so Jennifer questions whether he’s in love with her or her lifestyle. He needs to grow up.”
He was hoping to spend the rest of his life with her. “Casper had been begging Jennifer to have his baby for years and she finally agreed to try — but then bailed on the idea,” says a J. Lo insider. “It broke his heart.” He even suggested they get a surrogate, says the source, but “she still refused.” Casper also wanted her to walk down the aisle for the fourth time — with him. “He truly dreamed that one day, he would marry Jennifer,” says the J. Lo insider. But instead of being known as the superstar’s husband or baby daddy, Casper now has to accept that he’ll instead be relegated to a footnote — Jennifer’s longtime boy toy. He’s crushed, says another source, “that she just didn’t want to have a family with him.”
Jen poured salt in his wounds when she joined ex-husband Marc Anthony onstage in NYC on Aug. 27. After the pair sang their hit duet, “No Me Ames,” she posted a shot of the passionate performance on Instagram with the hashtag #familia. “Jennifer just wants Casper out of her life at this point,” says the source. “She has so much going on: She’s shooting her TV show, she has her Vegas residency and her kids. She just doesn’t have the time to deal with Casper anymore. He served his purpose in Jennifer’s life, and the relationship ran its course.” ◼
Sick of battling over babies and money, Jennifer Lopez dumps Casper Smart — but they’re still fighting