In a new interview with People
, Jennifer Lopez opens up about her split from Marc Anthony and the turmoil that followed.
"I went through a tremendous low," Lopez, 44, tells People
. "But I wouldn't change anything [about my past] because it made me who I am."
Lopez and Anthony ended their marriage in 2012 after nearly eight years.
"As women we can sometimes give ourselves away," says Lopez. "I was certainly guilty of that for some time. Now I realize I am good on my own, so now I can share my life with somebody."
Today, Lopez is sharing her life with boyfriend Casper Smart. The couple has been dating for two years, but Smart isn't the only love of Lopez's life -- her six-year-old twins Emme and Max have also stolen her heart.
"I just feel like I went through a real growth spurt as a human being [when I became a mother]," says Lopez. "Having my babies allowed me to realize what real unconditional love was."
Fans can watch J.Lo become the first female recipient of the Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards May 18 on ABC, where she will also perform two songs.