Taken by surprise. Alex Rodriguez’s response to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck dating rumors was revealed, and it doesn’t look like J-Lo’s ex-fiancé is a fan of her other ex-fiancé.
A source told E! News on Monday, May 10, that A-Rod is “shocked” that J-Lo “moved on” with Ben so soon after their breakup. Why is he so surprised? Well, according to the source, A-Rod hoped that he and J-Lo could one day reconcile their relationship. “A-Rod is shocked that J.Lo has moved on,” the insider said. “He truly thought they would be able to make it work and reconnect. He has been reaching out to J.Lo trying to meet with her and she has been very short with him.”
The source claimed that A-Rod is “saddened” by J-Lo’s reunion with Ben and even reached out to tell her that “he’s upset.” As for if there’s any chance for A-Rod and J-Rod to get back together, the insider said that the Selena star is simply “not interested” to go down that road again. “She’s not interested in rekindling anything with A-Rod and is done,” the source said.
A-Rod and J-Lo, who started dating in 2017 and got engaged in 2019, announced their split after four years together in a statement to TODAY in April. “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” the former couple said at the time. “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 to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”
Weeks later, Page Six reported in April that Ben and J-Lo, who got engaged in 2002 and split in 2004, have been “spending” time together. The newspaper reported at the time that Ben has hung out at least three times at J-Lo’s $28 million house in Los Angeles. To keep their meetups a secret, Ben is picked up in a white Escalade SUV at the Hotel Bel-Air by J-Lo’s security and driven to the “On the Floor” singer’s home, where he stays for a few hours before he’s returned to his car at the Hotel Bel-Air parking garage. Security picks him up at a nearby location and drops him off after spending a few hours at her house,” Page Six’s insider said.
People also reported on Monday, May 10, that J-Lo and Ben spent “several days” together in Montana at a resort in Big Sky, where Ben has a home. “[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It’s all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy,” a source said. People also reported that Ben and J-Lo were pictured in a car together in Montana, with Ben behind the wheel and J-Lo in the driver’s seat. After their vacation, Ben and J-Lo were seen arriving back in Los Angeles together on Saturday, May 8, on a private jet.
According to TMZ, J-Lo and Ben stayed in Bozeman, Montana, and when they arrived at LAX’s Signature Terminal together, they both took the same SUV and drove to J-Lo’s Bel-Air house. A source also told TMZ that J-Lo and Ben looked “very much like a couple.” E! News reported that J-Lo and Ben spent week at the Yellowstone Club in Montana together after filming separate appearances at the VAX LIVE concert in Los Angeles on May 2. “They were alone,” the insider said. “Just the two of them.”
J-Lo and Ben, who starred together in movies like Jersey Girl and Gigli, got engaged in 2002 months after J-Lo announced her divorce from her husband at the time, Cris Judd. The couple ended their engagement in 2004 but have remained friends. For InStyle’s May 2021 cover, Ben talked about what it’s been like to see his ex “getting the credit she deserves” in her career after all these years. “I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts,” he said.
He continued, “She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business. She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”
For more about J-Lo’s love life, check out True Love by Jennifer Lopez. The 2014 memoir covers the “Jenny on the Block” singer’s career and personal life, from her start as a dancer to when she became a mom of two twins with her now-ex-husband Marc Anthony. In the book, which includes more than 200 personal photographs J-Lo’s never-before-sseen collection, the Selena actress writes about how “she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been” to become the pop icon we know today.
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