Jennifer Lopez spoke out about rumors that she is dating her ‘Boy Next Door’ costar Ryan Guzman and denounced the label “cougar” in a lively interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. For those who might want to use the popular term to describe her, well, let’s say she has officially put them on blast!

 Jennifer Lopez

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The 45-year-old superstar entertainer is always under the microscope, and has been since her rise to fame in the 1990s back in the ‘Jenny from the Block’ days. So as she costars in ‘Boy Next Door’ with the 27-year-old Ryan Guzman, we see it’s the same story, just a different cast of characters.

Once again, she’s being romantically linked to a younger man. Ever since her breakup with the much younger Casper Smart — coincidentally also 27 years old — the celebrity watching public seems to expect an encore performance, so to speak. The rumors really went into overdrive after Jennifer Lopez walked the red carpet with Ryan Guzman and the two posed for photos arm in arm.

A couple? Well, Jennifer Lopez is here to tell you on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that this just is not so. Firstly, she did have some words of praise for the Guzman. She said of him, “He’s very cute,” and she went on to say,”He’s so fun. He’s a real sweet. He’s a gentleman.”

However, she set the record straight and addressed the Golden Globes rumors by saying, “”We are doing all this promo together, for the movie so we walked the carpet at the Globes together. We arrived separately, but then later we went to the parties together. We had some fun and it was good.”

She also spoke out about the term cougar, and said, “I hate that they have a label for a woman who would date a younger guy. If a younger guy is interested in you, what’s the big deal? What’s the word for the man who’s after younger girls?”

She went on to elaborate and added, “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 woman. They have no name. No label.”

This is certainly a fact. We as a society still seem to accept as normal wide age gaps between male celebrities and their wives and girlfriends (or husbands and boyfriends for that matter) but the chatter just will not cease if it’s the woman who is the older of the two.

The video is below of Jennifer Lopez’s spirited discussion, including the aforementioned denial of Ryan Guzman dating rumors is below!