03/09/2014 10:00 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Jennifer Lopez Smoulders On Elle UK's October Cover

Jennifer Lopez is at her sultry best as the cover star for the October issue of Elle UK, where she opens up about love, life mistakes, single motherhood and finding her "nirvana man."

Txema Yeste for Elle UK

Photographed by Txema Yeste, J-Lo wows on the cover in a leather-trimmed LBD with crystal embellishments from Versace, with glamour girl smokey eye make-up and gorgeously glossy waves.

One shot shows the star flaunting her famed derrière as she poses on a staircase in an epaulette-embellished white jacket, black pants and suede thigh-high boots.

Txema Yeste for Elle UK

Even though she admits she's made mistakes in her past, she's not giving up - on her career, or her love life, anytime soon.

"Each time it goes wrong it's hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: 'What did I do? What can I learn?'

"And as hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I've got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right."

With a new album, A.K.A., and her memoir, Seeker of Love, both out now, the 45-year-old talks about career plans and the importance of reinventing herself. She isn't one to sit around, waiting for a new opportunity or a new partner.

"I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he's out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything."

The full interview appears in the October issue of Elle UK, on sale 4th September. Also available as a digital edition which you can order online here. For exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Jen, click here.