Jennifer Lopez addresses Alex Rodriguez's doping scandal: 'Everybody has aws'

Jennifer Lopez fully accepts Alex Rodriguez, flaws and all.

The triple-threat star covers the December issue of InStyle, and while she poses nearly nude for the magazine in a striking green sequin cloak-like clothing item, she also bares a lot in terms of her personal life.

After dating Rodriguez for over a year and a half, Lopez credits their openness on Instagram for why they aren't necessarily at the center of tabloid fodder. "Now people get to see that this guy they thought was this hard-nosed athlete is, like, a goofy dad who loves his kids and celebrates his girlfriend," she says of her guy.

Lopez says being at the center of tabloid attention back in the day was "worse then" maybe fans thought. “It was just crazy. Now at least I can show you who I am a little bit," she says, noting that social media has served as a form of accountability for tabloids. "Back then you just believed anything you read on the cover of a tabloid. Many times it wasn’t true, or it was like a third of the truth."

As for why her relationship with Rodriguez, 43, is different than her other high-profile romances, Lopez explains, "When we met, we’d both already done a lot of work on ourselves."

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For instance, now the 49-year-old entertainer is aware that everyone has a past, including Rodriguez, who was involved in a doping scandal in 2013 and 2014.

"Everybody has aws, and the people I want in my life are the people who recognize that and are willing to work on those aws," Lopez says of Rodriguez's controversy when he played pro baseball. “It’s super-important: someone who’s willing to look at themselves and say, ‘OK, I’m not great here’ or ‘I could do better there.'"

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Jennifer Lopez (L) and Alex Rodriguez attend ELLE's 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Hearts On Fire and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for ELLE Magazine)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 30: Alex Rodriguez (L) and Planet Hollywood headliner Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet following the finale performance of her record-breaking residency, 'JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE' on September 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend Jennifer Lopez's MTV VMA's Vanguard Award Celebration at Beauty & Essex on August 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for TAO Group)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the 33rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, which raised millions of dollars for the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The New York Hilton Midtown on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis )
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen out and about in Manhattan on August 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leave NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center on August 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 02: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leave NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center on August 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez arrive at NBC studios on May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen on the streets of Manhattan on May 07, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jennifer Lopez (L) and Alex Rodriguez attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City.� (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen in Columbus Circle on their way to the 2018 Time 100 Gala on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 15: Former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and recording artist Jennifer Lopez kiss during the basketball game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Miami Hurricanes at The Watsco Center on January 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Actress Jennifer Lopez and former MLB player Alex Rodriguez attend the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 12: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2017: hosted by Ronald O. Perelman at The Creeks on August 12, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the Guess Spring 2018 Campaign Reveal starring Jennifer Lopez on January 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Guess, Inc.)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend the 'Project Destined' Yankees Shark Tank Presentations at Yankee Stadium on March 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen out and about together in Manhattan on August 25 , 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are seen on March 08, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend 'Project Destined' Yankees Shark Tank Presentations at Yankee Stadium on March 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen on location for 'Shades of Blue' in Queens on August 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez seen leaving the Hunter's Point South Park after performing for a Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks Spectacular on June 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
Jennifer Lopez and Her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez walk through the park of Jardin des Tuileries and seen taking pictures with the Pyramide of Louvre in Paris, France, on June 18, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/Nurphoto)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez seen at the Macy's 4th of July Firework Show at Hunter's Point South Park on June 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: (L-R) Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are sighted on the 'Ile Saint Louis' near Notre-Dame-De-Paris cathedral on June 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: (L-R) Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are sighted near Notre-Dame-De-Paris cathedral on June 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: (L-R) Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are sighted near Notre-Dame-De-Paris cathedral on June 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: (L-R) Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are sighted on the 'Ile Saint Louis' near Notre-Dame-De-Paris cathedral on June 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez (L) and Benny Medina (C) visit The Louvre in Paris, France, on June 17, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez in Paris, France, on June 17, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez visit The Louvre in Paris, France, on June 17, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leave Carbone on May 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Jennifer lopez Alex Rodriguez seen out in Manhattan on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez (L) and actress Jennifer Lopez leave the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
NEW YORK - APRIL 24: Jennifer Lopez and new boyfriend Alex Rodriguez seen leaving 'The Sea Grill' at Rockefeller after lunch together on April 24, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are seen in Midtown on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are seen in Midtown on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leaving Prime 112 Steakhouse aftre dinner on April 18, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leave the Solow Building on April 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leave Marea restaurant on March 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Actress Jennifer Lopez shakes hans with Alex Rodriguez before a subway series game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York on Saturday May 21, 2005. The Mets beat the Yankees 7-1. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/WireImage)
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