Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have ended their high-profile romance after four years of dating.
“This isn’t too surprising to anyone that has been close to them in recent months,” an insider tells Yahoo Entertainment.
Page Six, which was first to report the couple’s split, claims rumors that Rodriguez had cheated with Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy led to the breakup. (For her part, LeCroy told Andy Cohen on a January 2021 cast reunion that her alleged affair with an unnamed, very famous ex-MLB player who’s married was limited to interactions on social media.)
Before their split, the couple nicknamed J-Rod had often mentioned each other in interviews and were frequently seen with one another’s children. They had announced their engagement in March 2019, although they had postponed their wedding plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s a look back at their relationship.
A chance meeting in Beverly Hills led to the coupling. The actress was having lunch when she saw the former MLB slugger walk by. (They first met more than a decade ago in 2005 when Lopez’s ex-husband, Marc Anthony, threw out the first pitch at a Yankees-Mets game.)
“I almost yelled out ‘Alex,’ but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that,” she recalled to Vanity Fair. When she went outside, he was there. “I could literally just have walked away. … But I walk over and tap him on the shoulder and say ‘Hey.'” They exchanged numbers and Rodriguez asked her out to dinner a few nights later.
While on their first date at the Hotel Bel Air, Lopez remembered him being “very confident and manly, but then he was just so talkative!” She added, “I think he thought I was going to be this loud person, but I’m not. I just listen. So he’s talking, talking about his plans, about how he had just retired from baseball, about how he saw himself getting married again, all these things you wouldn’t normally talk about on a first date. I don’t know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date. Then I knew he was nervous because he asked me if I wanted a drink. I said, ‘No, I don’t drink,’ and he asked if I minded if he had one. He was nervous, and it was really cute.”
“I didn’t know if it was a date,” Rodriguez told the magazine. “Maybe we were seeing each other at night because of her work schedule. I went in uneasy, not knowing her situation … [then] she told me around the third or fourth inning that she was single. I had to get up and go re-adjust my thoughts. I went to the bathroom and got enough courage to send her a text.”
So what did the text say? “‘You look sexy AF.'” The rest, as they say, is history.
Within a few weeks of their encounter, dating rumors surfaced. “She seems excited,” a source close to Lopez told People. “He has been around her family and she really likes that he is a dad. She is aware, though, that he is a ladies’ man too and is being cautious. For now, it’s just fun. She is single and enjoys dating.”
The pair publicly confirmed their romance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show during separate appearances. Lopez also very casually made their romance Instagram official — the first of many cozy posts to come.