Timeline of Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez Relationship – from Meeting in 2005 to Cutting Ties on Instagram in 2021

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship seemed great when they got engaged. The pair were meant to get married this year, but instead, Lopez removed Rodriguez from her Instagram.

Jennifer Lopez, 52, and Alex Rodriguez, 46, thrilled fans when they first went public as a couple. They were both athletic, had children from previous marriages, and managed to build an incredible blended family.

The pair wasn’t ashamed to show off their love with frequent posts together on social media. It seemed the pair were destined for eternal happiness until things suddenly came crumbling down.

Jennifer Lopez at the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019, in California | Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez at the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019, in California | Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

THE FIRST MEETING

On May 21, 2005, Lopez and then-husband Marc Anthony attended a baseball game at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York. That’s where they both met Rodriguez, who was a New York Yankee at the time.

In June 2019, Lopez confessed to “Sports Illustrated” that when she first met the former athlete, she felt weird electricity between her and Rodriguez for three seconds. The duo connected when they looked at each other.

JENNIFER & ALEX’S LIVES BEFORE DATING

Lopez had married Anthony in 2004, and together they had twins Max and Emme. Sadly, they separated in 2011, and their divorce was finalized a few years later in 2014.

When the songstress met Rodriguez, he was also still married to Cynthia Scurtis. The couple was together from 2002 to 2008, and they share two daughters, Natasha and Ella.

Alex Rodriguez at the Fox Sports $200,0000 donation for the Boys and Girls Club of Miami on January 29, 2020, in Miami, Florida | Photo: Manny Hernandez/Getty Images

Alex Rodriguez at the Fox Sports $200,0000 donation for the Boys and Girls Club of Miami on January 29, 2020, in Miami, Florida | Photo: Manny Hernandez/Getty Images

RECONNECTING

In February 2017, after both their marriages were over, Rodriguez and Lopez bumped into each other at a restaurant. The singer later revealed that she saw him while having lunch as he passed by.

She then went outside and wanted to tap him on the shoulder so he could notice her. The former athlete then texted her and asked for a dinner date, which they enjoyed, and ultimately started dating.

THE ENGAGEMENT

After years of dating seriously, in March 2019, Rodriguez took the next step when he proposed to Lopez while on vacation in the Bahamas. A “People” magazine described the singer’s reaction as such:

"Jennifer is ecstatic and so are their families and friends. Very few people knew Alex planned on proposing.”

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 | Photo: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 | Photo: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

THE BREAKUP RUMORS

After spending the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic together, everyone was shocked when the media announced their breakup. The duo denied the rumors in a joint statement.

The clean-up happened over the past weekend.

They said they were working on some things and later appeared together in the Dominican Republic. The couple gave public displays of affection while Lopez was filming the movie “Shotgun Wedding.”

ALEX & JENNIFER ARE DONE

The following month, the pair proved the media right when they officially announced that they’d called off their engagement. The duo announced their separation in a joint statement on the “Today” show.

They said they’d realized they were much better as friends and would remain that in the future. The two stars vowed to continue supporting and working together on shared projects and businesses.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at Winners Walk during the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 03, 2019, in New York City | Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at Winners Walk during the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 03, 2019, in New York City | Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

WHY THEY BROKE UP

According to “People” magazine, trust was the biggest factor that led to their break up. An alleged friend of Lopez’s told the publication that the musician was the one who insisted on the separation, adding:

“There are too many issues that are unresolved.”

THE NAIL IN THE COFFIN

This month, August 2021, the “Hustlers” actress finalized the end of her relationship with Rodriguez by deleting any images of him from her Instagram. The clean-up happened over the past weekend.

Most of their photos together were removed, including the one they took during President Joe Biden's Inauguration. She made sure he was no longer a part of her personal life by unfollowing him from Instagram.

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