"I had just divorced, I went on tour with the kids, and I left Idol," she told reporters Monday, according to People. "All my security blankets were gone, and I was out there doing something I had never done before."
She did, however, lean on her family and boyfriend Casper Smart for support, adding that she felt "surrounded by love" during that time.
"I really grew," J.Lo went on. "My goal was not to come out the other side and just survive it but grow as a human being as well as an artist, and I felt I did. I learned a lot."
Speaking of growth, the "Hit the Floor" crooner admitted that she had come to terms with the fact that she prefers being in a relationship to being by herself.
And she's completely fine with that.
"I'm one of those people who does not like to be alone," she said. "I have no shame saying that at this point in my life. I think we have to own who we are."
That doesn't mean though, that she's ready to walk down the aisle with her 26-year-old dancer beau.
When asked if she wanted to get married again in the future, J.Lo said, "I don't know. We'll see. I don't know. You know, I've always believed in that institution. I believe in it, but it is difficult. I've had my challenges, but at the same time I believe in love, and I think that is the main thing."
Jennifer has already been married three times-to Ojani Noa in 1997, Cris Judd in 2001 and Marc Anthony in 2004.
She and Marc still aren't officially divorced, even though they split back in 2012.