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‘We are better as friends’: Jennifer Lopez, 51, and Alex Rodriguez, 45, confirm split: “Alex’s character didn’t sit right with Jennifer”

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After weeks of speculation, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez confirmed that they have ended their engagement after four years together. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are officially over. “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” they said in a joint statement to the Today Show.

“We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”

The breakup news comes about a month after rumors first started swirling that there was trouble in paradise for the pair, who started dating in 2017 and got engaged in March 2019. When the split rumors first surfaced, J.Lo and A-Rod confirmed that they were “working through some things” in their relationship. The former baseball star even flew to the Dominican Republic, where Jennifer was filming a new movie, so they could spend time together and work out their issues.

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez on the red carpet.

Jennifer and Alex were supposed to get married in 2020, but had to postpone their wedding twice due to the coronavirus. In recent weeks, J.Lo has been spotted without her engagement ring on a number of occasions. It appears that things took a turn for the worst fairly quickly with these two, as they seemed to still be madly in love as of Valentine’s Day — Alex even showered Jennifer with rose petals, candles and more on the holiday.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez together on the red carpet.

Throughout J.Lo and A-Rod’s relationship, their children had also gotten extremely close. Jennifer shares 13-year-old twins, Max and Emme, with her ex, Marc Anthony, while Alex has daughters Natasha, 16, and Ella, 12, with his ex, Cynthia Scurtis.

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J.Lo’s engagement to Alex was her fifth engagement. She was previously married to Ojani Noa, Cris Judd and Marc, while she and Ben Affleck called off their engagement before tying the knot. Meanwhile, Alex was married to Cynthia from 2002 until 2008.

A look back at Jenifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s romance from their early dates to their romantic engagement

While we mourn the demise of yet another Hollywood romance, let’s take a look back at how their romance started.

Long before their sweet love story began, the pair met all the way back in 2005 when Jennifer was still married to Marc Anthony. J. Lo posed for a cute photo with the former New York Yankees player at one of his games against the New York Mets. Flash forward over a decade later to when J. Lo and A-Rod reconnected – this time romantically – and began dating in early 2017.

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles

Just a few months after they began dating, they made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2017 Met Gala. The pair even coordinated their outfits: the retired athlete looked dapper in a navy suit while Jennifer looked ethereal in a flowing baby blue Valentino gown. Things only got more serious as the year went on, with them landing a joint Vanity Fair cover in December.

The pair started 2018 off strong, too. During a pre-Super Bowl concert in Minneapolis, Jennifer gushed about her man and revealed that it was their one-year anniversary. “We’ve been together for one year today. I don’t want to get all mushy or anything, but baby, this song’s for you. I love you,” she said at the Feb. 2018 event. There were also plenty of red carpet appearances that year; they were a unified front at the Met Gala, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the premiere for Jennifer’s film Second Act.

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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet of the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. Jennifer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work in ‘Hustlers’ 

They continued to show off their love on red carpets into the new year, attending both the Grammys and the Oscars together. In March 2019 — about one month after their second anniversary — they took a trip to the Bahamas together, where A-Rod proposed with a gorgeous diamond ring that jewelers have valued at $5 million. But due to the ongoing pandemic, Jennifer and A-Rod postponed their 2020 wedding.

Jennifer even joked about faux weddings here and there, even a TikTok ceremony! But after their stunning engagement party in September 2019, it appeared as though two were just taking the time they needed while working through their busy schedules. But maybe there was trouble in paradise?

Then, in March 2021, there was that report of a breakup. A-Rod and JLo did their best to reassure everyone that they were still together. A-Rod said he was definitely “not single.” JLo mocked the media reports about their alleged breakup. The baseball icon even joined Jennifer in the Dominican Republic, where she was filming a new movie so that they could spend time together. JLo even mocked the media reports about her breakup in an Instagram video, so it seemed that these two would weather this storm. That sadly was not the case.

Also read: “Alex’s character didn’t sit right with Jennifer”: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez split up after 2 years of engagement.

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