Jennifer Lopez is Red Hot on the Cover of Billboard Magazine

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Jennifer Lopez is hotter than ever.

The 44-year-old “I Luh Ya Papi” singer covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine and the sexy songbird reveals what allowed her to release her inner “beast,” and why she’s probably going to be just fine without Casper Smart in her life.

Lopez, who just performed the World Cup anthem “We Are One” during the opening ceremony, told the magazine “things have changed so much for me. 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.”

The mother-of-two reportedly pulled in $52 million last year from her various business ventures, which include her vast fragrance line, her Latino-geared line of wireless stores and her clothing collections for Kohl’s.

But despite all her successes, the Bronx native hasn’t always been so sure of herself. That changed in 2012 after J.Lo toured with Enrique Iglesias. “After I got home, I realized I was a stronger vocalist than maybe even I gave myself credit for. 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.”

Lopez’s eighth studio album, A.K.A drops next week, but the pop star has recently been making headlines for her love life.

After confirming her split from backup dancer beau Casper Smart just last week, she’s already been linked to Dancing With the Stars’ pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but though both parties have denied the dating rumors.

One thing is for sure: whomever gets to date the latina next is one lucky lad. To see more photos from J.Lo’s sexy Billboard photo shoot, check out the gallery above.