J-Lo and A-Rod are over, but why did Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez break up? News first broke of Lopez and Rodriguez’s split on Friday, March 12, after several sites reported that the couple had ended their engagement after two years. A month later, on Wednesday, April 15, the couple confirmed that they had ended their engagement.
“We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” Lopez and Rodriguez 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 to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”
A source told E! News on April 15 that A-Rod and J-Lo had broken up a “few days” before the news went public. Though Lopez is “feeling at peace” about her decision, the insider claimed that she “has not been happy for a while now.” “Once her trust is broken, there’s no turning around. She feels good about her decision because she knows A.Rod will still be in her life, just in a different capacity,” the source said.
Lopez and Rodriguez, who met in 2005 but didn’t start dating until 12 years later, got engaged in March 2019 after two years together. A source told People on March 12 that their first split wasn’t a spur of the moment. “This has been a long time coming,” the insider said.
Before their split, Lopez and Rodriguez were last photographed hugging in the Dominican Republic, where the “On the Floor” singer is filming her movie, Shotgun Wedding. According to Page Six, Lopez and Rodriguez were in different countries at the time their split went public. “He’s now in Miami getting ready for baseball season, and she’s filming her movie in the Dominican Republic,” a source told the site.
News of Lopez and Rodriguez’s final breakup comes two months after rumors that the former New York Yankees player cheated on the Selena actress with Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy. At the Southern Charm season 7 reunion in February, Madison’s co-star, Craig Conover, claimed that she flew to Miami to fuck” an unnamed married, former Major League Baseball player that fans believe was Rodriguez. After the rumors, Madison confirmed that she and Rodriguez had DM’d and FaceTimed but never had a romantic relationship.
“He’s never physically cheated on his fiancée with me…[I’ve] talked to him randomly, but not consistent,” Madison told Page Six at the time. “That’s the truth. [We’ve] never been physical…never had any kind of anything. Just an acquaintance.” Madison also noted that she and A-Rod had “spoken on the phone” but “never met up.” Sources close to Rodriguez also confirmed that he and Madison had never met in person.
So why did Lopez and Rodriguez break up? Well, according to People’s source, the split had been a “long time coming” before the rumors he had an affair with Madison. The insider explained that Lopez and Rodriguez had been involved with each other’s businesses for while, which is why it took time for them to part ways. “They are tied in their business worlds so it’s not a cut and dry break up. It’s taken a while for them to even think about untangling it all,” the insider said.
Before their split, Lopez and Rodriguez bought a $40 million house together in Miami. Lopez told Allure in February that the couple went to couple’s therapy while they were at home for most of 2020. “I miss being creative and running on 150,” she said. “But Alex, of all people, was like, ‘I love it. I love being at home. I love doing my Zooms. I love knowing the kids are there, and you’re there all the time.” She went on to reveal that her time at home “has been actually really good. We got to work on ourselves. We did therapy. I think it was really helpful for us in our relationship.”
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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