Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez Didn’t Break Up Sooner to ‘Make Their Kids Happy’

Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez
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Since J-Rod confirmed their breakup, fans have wondered what Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s kids‘ reaction was to their split. As fans know, Lopez’s twins and Rodriguez’s daughters have been close since the couple started dating in 2017, which is the main reason they didn’t break up sooner despite issues in their relationship.

“A-Rod’s girls and J. Lo’s kids are really close, so the reason why they stayed together for as long as they did was to make their kids happy,” a source told Us Weekly on April 15. “They still have love for each other that I think will never go away.”

Rodriguez and Lopez, who got engaged in March 2019, confirmed that they broken up in a statement to TODAY on April 15.“ We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” they said. “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.”

Lopez and Rodriguez both have children from their previous marriages. The “In The Morning” singer shares twins Maximilian “Max” David and Emme Maribel, both 13, with her ex-husband, Marc Anthony. Meanwhile, the former MLB player has two daughters, Ella, 12, and Natasha, 16, with his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis.

A month before their confirmation, rumors swirled that Lopez and Rodriguez had split in March 2021. Though the couple denied the breakup at the time, TMZ reported that Lopez and Rodriguez’s four children were “devastated” and “in tears” by the news.

Max, Emme, Ella, and Natasha were in “total shock,” TMZ reports, as their parents had no time to prepare them before headlines started rolling in about their rumored split on Friday, March 12. Insiders said at the time that Lopez and Rodriguez had a particularly “bad” day on Friday, yet neither her nor Rodriguez expected news to break about the status of their relationship.

“There were many tears,” one source told the site, before going on to reveal that the blended family had a long and emotional conversation later that night. Their discussion made clear that their kids are a “major factor” in their decision to stay together, though TMZ notes there are other factors at play as J-Rod work through their relationship troubles.

On March 15, Rodriguez and Lopez seemed to signal that they were working on their relationship. The former New York Yankees player flew to the Dominican Republic to reunite with his fiancée, who has been busy filming her new Lionsgate movie, Shotgun Wedding, in the Caribbean country.

Rodriguez shared a message at the time about moving “onward” and “upward” on his Instagram Stories: “Happy Monday. New week. New Day. Onward. Upward,” he captioned a video, where he also notably tagged Lopez. Meanwhile, the Hustlers actress clapped back at all the recent tabloid buzz with a montage shared to TikTok. In it, Lopez reacted to breakup rumors by hinting that all the speculation about her relationship and personal life are “dumb.”

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