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Michelangelo Di Battista

She is a woman who has it all (a successful career, adorable twins, and a younger man), and a woman who does it all (Idol host, clothing line designer, and movie star, among many, many, many other things).

With a life like that, one would think Jennifer Lopez’s day needs to be hyper-scheduled—and to a certain extent, it is. But even the best laid plans can end up a bit messy, and Lopez is just fine with that.

“You get to a point in life where it suddenly occurs to you that you don’t need all the things you once thought you did—that it’s really, well, convoluted,” she tells writer Nancy Hass in the April InStyle, on newsstands Friday. “My life feels overblown sometimes, and I don’t want it to be. I want it to be streamlined. So I’m living a much more unscripted life now than I have in a long time.”

That life includes working on her 21st fragrance, Glowing Goddess, shooting the drama Lila and Eve with Viola Davis, and working on her 10th studio album featuring collaborations with Chris Brown, DJ Mustard, French Montana, Max Martin, Cory Rooney, and others. “This album is tough,” says the singer, who is draped in looks by Chanel, Lanvin, and Gucci within our pages. “There’s strength, but also humor. It’s about being smarter about love—and not taking yourself so seriously.”

To find out how Lopez is doing just that these days, and to learn the secrets of how the 44-year-old mother of two keeps her youthful glow, pick up the April issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Friday, March 14.