Jennifer Lopez isn't ready to start dating just yet. Despite reports the singer is dating Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, multiple sources tell Us Weekly, they're "just friends."
The American Idol judge, who recently split from Casper Smart after dating for more than two years, met Chmerkovskiy through Lopez's good friend, and former DWTS contestant, Leah Remini—but there's nothing romantic there just yet. "They are friends," a source close to the 44-year-old tells Us. "He performed with her on the AMA's. But [they're] just friends."
"She doesn't have a second to date anyone right now and it is definitely not romantic with Maksim," the source adds of the "First Love" singer who has been busy promoting her upcoming album A.K.A.
Lopez helped celebrate Maks' brother Val's birthday at the Library Bar at the Redbury Hotel in Los Angeles back in March. Lopez, who attended the party with Remini, "hung out a bit in the courtyard garden and inside The Library and drank wine and had a little pizza," according to an eyewitness.
However, the first source insists, that the pair are strictly platonic. The singer and Maks shared the stage at the 2013 American Music Awards, where the 34-year-old impressively lifted Lopez up in the air.
One person who definitely does want the friends to get together is Lopez's BFF Remini. Another source tells Us, "Leah is trying to play matchmaker with Maks and Jennifer," adding, "She's really egging it on and encouraging it."
As for the split from Smart, 26, a pal close to Lopez says the pair parted on "amicable" terms and despite separating, "they are both in a good place now."