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Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart back on? JLo keeps us guessing

Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart appear to be more than friendly exes -- actually, they don't appear to be exes at all.

On Monday, the "I Luh Ya Papi" singer sparked reports that she and her former beau were back on by sharing a shout-out post to her onetime back-up dancer on Instagram.

"#MCM @beaucaspersmart #lovethispic #HandsomeBear," she wrote, posting a dapper portrait of the suited-up choreographer tagged for "Man Crush Monday."

 

#MCM @beaucaspersmart #lovethispic #HandsomeBear

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Friendly? Definitely. Exes? Sure. On again? Still unconfirmed.

Lopez's camp has not responded to the Los Angeles Times' requests to confirm the rekindled romance, but E! News reported that the couple was definitely back on.

Dating rumors have been swirling since March when the duo was photographed kissing on the set of "American Idol." Incidentally, days before that documented smooch, the "Fake Off" judge told E! that he was single when he turned out to support his ex at the premiere of her latest flick, "Home."

"We got a lot of ties. We're very close," he told the site. "We're friends. We're very good friends."

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You might recall, the "Idol" judge, 45, and Smart, 28, called it quits in June 2014. The couple has been on-again-off-again since they were first linked in 2011, just after she split from singer Marc Anthony, her husband of eight years.

Most accounts of the breakup indicate that the two had grown apart, but the split was amicable and the two remained friendly. Still, the split came on the heels of reports that Smart had been exchanging naked photos with a transgender woman on Instagram.

Lopez's high-profile love life has generated much tabloid fodder (think: Bennifer and everything it spawned). Still, the woman's got wherewithal: Her string of relationships, including with Ben Affleck and Diddy, and three failed marriages didn't deter her from believing in the "fairy tale."

"Listen, at the end of the day, love is the best thing," she told People in January. "But what I've discovered is that I can't get that from somebody else. It's the love inside me, for myself, that will help me through."

In the same interview, the former Fly Girl said that she "had to make a commitment" to being alone, even though it "terrified" her.

"I'd never been alone," she said. "Instead of giving myself time to heal and be on my own, I was so afraid to be that I was always like, 'Okay somebody else just come in here and help me forget I'm in so much pain.'"

Looks like Smart checked that box once again.

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