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Inside Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez Relationship — From Meeting at a Baseball Game to Cutting Ties on IG

Bettina Dizon
Feb 09, 2022
07:31 A.M.
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Jennifer Lopez experienced a few broken hearts before meeting baseball pro Alex Rodriguez. Months after they got engaged, the couple surprised the world and broke up for reasons not known to the public.

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Jennifer Lopez built a career in the music and film industry, gaining success over the decades. However, it seemed she ran out of luck when it came to romantic relationships. Just when everyone thought she would live her happily ever after with Alex Rodriguez, the couple called off their engagement.

Although neither revealed the reason for their break up, Rodriguez teased the real reason during an interview. Here's a glimpse into their relationship timeline, from meeting during a game to deleting photos of each other on Instagram.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez during a red carpet event. | Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez during a red carpet event. | Source: Getty Images

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MEETING EACH OTHER

Lopez and Rodriguez first crossed paths when their love still couldn't be. The "On the Floor" songstress was still married to Marc Anthony when she was introduced to the then-New York Yankee player on May 21, 2005, at Shea Stadium.

The actress shared two kids with her then-husband, Max and Emme. Similarly, Rodriguez was married to Cynthia Scurtis and had two daughters, Natasha and Ella. While Lopez divorced Anthony in 2011, the baseball star separated from Scurtis three years before.

Although no romantic relationship formed immediately, Lopez later confessed to "Sports Illustrated" that she felt a connection between her and Rodriguez for three seconds upon meeting. She felt a weird electricity rush through her body as soon as they locked eyes.

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ASKING LOPEZ ON A DATE

In February 2017, when both were already single, Lopez and Rodriguez bumped into each other at a restaurant and reconnected.

Lopez was seen in public with her ex-boyfriend, Ben Affleck, in what seemed to be a reconciliation of romantic feelings.

The "Monster In Law" star went outside and tapped him on the shoulder to talk. Things escalated from there as Rodriguez asked her out for a dinner date, which they both enjoyed. The rest, as they call it, was history.

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

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THE ENGAGEMENT

In October 2018, an insider revealed that the couple planned to move in together with their blended family. Another source claimed that wedding bells would soon ring as the pair were more in love than ever by the end of the year.

True enough, it didn't take too long for the pair to realize that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with each other. So after years of dating, Rodriguez proposed to Lopez while on a Bahamas trip in March 2019.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic happened the following year and forced the pair to postpone their wedding multiple times. While in quarantine, breakup rumors plagued Lopez and Rodriguez, which they denied in a joint statement.

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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 OFFICIAL BREAKUP

The pair said they were simply "working through some things" amidst the news that their engagement was called off. They even appeared together in the Dominican Republic and didn't hold back from showing public displays of affection while Lopez filmed the movie "Shotgun Wedding."

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The following month, in April 2021, the pair proved the media correct when they officially announced that they called off their engagement. The duo announced their separation on the "Today" show in a joint statement. They said, as reported by Us Weekly:

"We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects."

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

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REASON BEHIND THE BREAKUP

As reported by People, trust was the most significant factor that led to their breakup. A source claimed that Lopez insisted on the separation because "there are too many issues that are unresolved."

Meanwhile, Rodriguez hinted at the real reason for their relationship while covering the American League Series. An old clip of Rodriguez being fed popcorn by his then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz during the segment played.

"It's not the first time people had been eating popcorn in the middle of the game," a broadcaster quipped as the footage aired before Alex said: "KB, that's maybe why I'm single."

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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

DELETING MEMORIES ON INSTAGRAM

In August 2021, the "Hustlers" star removed traces of her relationship on social media by deleting photos with Rodriguez.

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

Later that year, Lopez was seen in public with her ex-boyfriend, Ben Affleck, in what seemed to be a reconciliation of romantic feelings. The couple was seen arriving together at the Venice Film Festival, where they did not shy away from showing public displays of affection.

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LOPEZ'S PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIPS

The "Justice League" star was engaged to Lopes in November 2002 but called off their wedding four days before the event. In 2017, Lopez opened up to Vanity Fair, as reported by Us Weekly:

"I was eviscerated. I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. My relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world."

Before Affleck, Lopez was married to producer Ojani Noa in 1997, but their marriage only lasted 11 months. In 1999, she dated rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs after meeting on the set of his music video. Their short-lived relationship lasted until 2001 due to Diddy's apparent affairs with other women.

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Nevertheless, Lopez did not shut out the idea of love and married dancer Cris Judd the same year. By June 2002, their marriage fell apart. She walked down the aisle again in 2004 with Anthony but announced their separation in 2011, the same year she dated her backup dancer, Beau "Casper" Smart.

Before getting together with Rodriguez, Lopez dated the "God's Plan" rapper briefly. Although many thought he was there to stay in her life, they broke up.

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