Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez recently confirmed they have split after four years together, issuing a statement in which they say they are "better as friends". Prior to the split, J.Lo and A-Rod's relationship was #goals, from the couple's joint Vanity Fair cover, to their adorable red carpet posing, to their epic engagement.
Here's a timeline of their relationship, from how they first met, to their breakup.
22 April 2021: Just days after issuing a joint statement confirming their split we're starting to get a slightly clearer picture of the reasons behind Jen and Alex's split, and apparently, it's all about trust.
While the pair stated that they broke up because they were "better as friends" a source revealed to PEOPLE that Lopez apparently didn't feel it was "in her best interests" to stay with him.
"She insisted on it," the source said. "There are are too many issues that are unresolved."
Ultimately, the source explained, Lopez no longer felt she could trust Rodriguez: "She has been pretty miserable," they added, "and didn't think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex."
Rumours surrounding Rodriguez and an alleged affair had been swirling for months, and speculation around a break up began in March but was denied by the couple. According to PEOPLE sources have clarified that their break up wasn't caused by cheating, but added, "whether or not he has cheated doesn't matter, she won't tolerate the fear of it in the air between them."
And here's what we know of the rest of Jennifer and Alex's relationship history - starting from the very beginning...
21 May 2005: This is the first time Jen and Alex meet. Jennifer is with then husband Marc Anthony (and the father of their twins Max and Emme) and they were watching baseball player A-Rod's team the New York Yankees play the New York Mets. At this time, Rodriguez was married to his ex-wife, Cynthia, who is also mother of his two children, Natasha and Ella.
Late 2016/early 2017: Fast forward 11 years and J-Lo spots Alex outside a restaurant in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
"I almost yelled out 'Alex', but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that," she told Vanity Fair in October. "I could literally have just walked away but I walk over and tap him on the shoulder and say 'Hey'... It was just one of those things where you feel compelled to do, something you wouldn’t normally do."
Alex, 43, responds by telling Jennifer, 49, she looked beautiful and then a few hours later calls her and asks her out to dinner. Bosh.
Their first date happens at Hotel Bel Air. After a lot of talking and nervousness, Alex heads off to the bathroom and sends a text saying: 'You look sexy AF'.
Yes. This really happened, guys. They told Vanity Fair!
8 March 2017: Their relationship becomes public news! Though there were rumours J-Lo was romantically involved with Drake, these are soon replaced by reports surfacing about dates with Rodriguez.
A 'source close to Lopez' tells People: "They have been dating for a few weeks. She seems excited. He has been around her family and she really likes that he is a dad. She is aware, though, that he is a ladies' man and is being cautious. For now, it's just fun."
This 'ladies man' reputation comes from Rodriguez' rumoured high-profile relationships, before Jenny from the Block, including Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz and Madonna.
31 March 2017: Rodriguez confirms his new, budding relationship on The View.
"It's obvious, we've been having a great time," the poor guy says looking a bit overwhelmed, but carrying on gushing nonetheless. "She's an amazing girl and one of the smartest human beings I've ever met and also an incredible mother."
That same day the couple are spotted for the first time together, arm in arm and matchy-matchy in beige, leaving a restaurant in New York City.
24 April 2017: Lopez goes on The Ellen Show and is all giggly and smiley discussing her new relationship: "He is a great guy" she said speaking about the origins of their relationship, clarifying: "Mama don't sleep over on the first date".
May 1 2017: The couple make their red carpet debut at the Met Gala and look uh-mazing.
June 18 2017: J-Lo and A-Rod take a holiday to Paris where they're photographed eating ice cream, visiting the Louvre and generally just walking hand-in-hand around the city of love.
July 27 2017: Jennifer shares a Happy Birthday message to Alex on Instagram writing: "Happy birthday to the man who makes my heart skip a beat every time he walks in the room."
15 October 2017: After Hurricane Maria devastates parts of the Caribbean and central America, including Puerto Rico where Jennifer's parents are from, and the Dominican Republic - where Alex's parents are from - the two front a benefit concert and telethon: One Voice: Somos Live. It included Latino and American singers and they present it in collaboration with Lopez's ex-husband Marc Anthony (who also has parents from Puerto Rico).
"Right when the hurricane hit Puerto Rico, Marc and I got on the phone and started talking about what we could do," Lopez tells People. "Alex was right next to me and he started spitballing things we could do... We are all family. We are doing this because it's the right thing to do. Our community needs us right now and we are very aware that we are leaders in our community."
Lopez also personally donates $1 million to the relief effort in Puerto Rico.
17 October 2017: The couples' first joint-interview is released with lots of lovely pictures of them on yachts and outside of mansions. They discuss their relationship in depth and explain why they're so compatible. Ice queens, prepare for your hearts to melt.
"We're are very much twins," Rodriguez says. "We're both Leos; we're both from New York; we're both Latino and about 20 other things."
Lopez adds: "I understand him in a way that I don't think anyone else could, and he understands me in a way that no one else could ever. In his 20s, he came into big success with the biggest baseball contract [at the time]. I had a no.1 movie and a no.1 album and made history. We both had ups and downs and challenges in our 30s and by our 40s we'd both been through so much. And more importantly than anything, we had both done a lot of work on ourselves."
5 November 2017: Rodriguez shares an adorable picture of him, Jennifer and their children eating ice cream.
7 January 2018: Lopez and Rodriguez travel to Loiza, Puerto Rico and meet with government officials to discuss the impact of the destructive hurricane. The couple also launch a recovery fund to boost the health centres working in the area.
4 February 2018: J-Lo performs at a concert in Minneapolis and dedicates a song to Rodriguez, telling the crowd they have been together for one year exactly.
"We've been together for one year today," she said according to E! News. "I don't want to get all mushy or anything but baby this song's for you. I love you."
15 March 2018: A-Rod shares an adorable photo of the couple with their children in Miami: Tashi, Ella, Max and Emme.
24 April 2018: The couple attend the prestigious Time 100 gala - where Jennifer is on the list and also performing - they bring along Jennifer's younger sister, Lynda Lopez, and mother Guadalupe Rodriguez. Alex captions the picture on Twitter: "Shoulder to shoulder with some truly strong women."
11 June 2018: Engagement rumours begin to swirl but J-Lo plays it down, telling Good Morning America: "We have to take our time. I've made plenty of mistakes in [the] past, we're mature now, we're grown ups, we're going to take our time and take things at our own pace.... we're having the best time between our kids and our work and all the wonderful things going on. We're truly blessed, we don't need anything more right now."
20 August, 2018: Alex Rodriguez becomes a certified Instagram boyfriend when he's caught snapping pictures of his girlfriend on the red carpet at the VMAS.
Moments later he is caught on camera living his best life during J-Lo's medley performance of all her greatest hits before she receives the MTV Vanguard award. He becomes an instant meme.
Turns out he's been practising being a "fan boy" and shared a picture on Instagram three days before of Jennifer rehearsing.
When Jennifer accepts her award, she's sure to thank her partner in crime, saying: "You're my twin soul, we're like mirror images of each other. My life is sweeter and better with you in it because you make me realise that every day the sky is not the limit, the universe is infinite and so is what we can accomplish together with love and trust and understanding. There is so much more to do, to experience and there's no one I'd rather do it with, baby. You're my macho and I love you."
"Both Alex and I are Latino. We are both self-made. He was always the hardest working baseball player that was – me, the same. We have that in common. We have the same work ethic. We also appreciate and know that coming from nothing, we always want to try to help and give back and teach our kids that."
30 January 2019: In a throwback to the 90s (on a photo where J Lo actually looks exactly like she did in the 1990s) P Diddy left a comment a somewhat thirsty comment, as captured by the Comments By Celebs Instagram account:
Enter A-Rod, who made it very clear that Diddy his time and that he is now the "lucky" man on Jennifer's arm.
In all seriousness, Diddy (real name Sean Combs) and J-Lo, who dated from 1999 to 2001, are on good terms with the rapper even coming out to support the singer in her final Las Vegas show last year.
10 March 2019: Congratulations are in order as J-Lo and A-Rod are engaged!
The couple uploaded matching photos to Instagram of an engagement ring on Jennifer's hand set against a gorgeous beach sunset backdrop.
Alex simply captioned the post "she said yes" and we are, already, so excited for this wedding.
You may not be fooled by the rocks that she got but, let's be real, that is a pretty big one.
12 March 2019: A couple of days after they announce their engagement to the world, Jennifer and Alex share more sweet and candid picture of their special moment:
As we can see, the proposal - which took place on 9 March - happened on the beach at sunset and Alex asked popped the question to a shocked J-Lo on bended knee.
13 July 2019: A-Rod shares a sweet and very supportive post about his ladyfriend. He shares a photo of the two of the, with a caption that reads: "Bronx to Madison Square Garden. For a cab driver, it’s just a 9.2-mile ride. But for@jlo, the road from being a kid running around with holes in her shoes in the Bronx to headlining at the world’s most famous arena, was long and arduous and took years of hard work and relentless dedication. Keep on killing it girl ❤️ #ItsMyParty #boss."
13 July 2019: Alex Rodriguez shares a sweet and very supportive post about his ladyfriend Jennifer Lopez. He shares a photo of the two of the, with a caption that reads: "Bronx to Madison Square Garden. For a cab driver, it’s just a 9.2-mile ride. But for@jlo, the road from being a kid running around with holes in her shoes in the Bronx to headlining at the world’s most famous arena, was long and arduous and took years of hard work and relentless dedication. Keep on killing it girl ❤️ #ItsMyParty #boss."
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have apparently split up and called off their two-year engagement, according to reports. A source told CNN that the pair had split "a few weeks ago," adding, "It doesn't seem like they will get back together."
Meanwhile, another insider told PEOPLE, "This has been a long time coming. They are tied in their business worlds so it's not a cut and dry breakup. It's taken a while for them to even think about untangling it all."
Neither J.Lo or A-Rod have spoken out about the reported split. However, J.Lo hinted that she needed a "reason to laugh" in her latest Instagram post. Sharing a series of cheerful throwback clips, Jennifer captioned the post, "Find a good reason to laugh today 😂🤣 Sending everyone love ❤️ #TBT."
15 April 2021:
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially confirmed their split in a joint statement just weeks after they shut down rumours of a breakup.
In a statement issued to NBC TODAY the couple confirmed they are going their separate ways after four years together. The statement read:
"We have realised 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. 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."
The official split comes less than a month after speculation began that the pair had split and called off their two year engagement. At the time the couple denied the rumours, releasing a statement saying that they were "working through some things", while Lopez clapped back at the speculation in a video on TikTok, in which she called the rumours "dumb."
16 April 2021:
Following the couple confirming their split with a joint statement, A Rod takes to Instagram Stories to post a video of happier times he shared with J Lo, to the soundtrack of Coldplay's 'Fix You'. Yes really.
The pictures in question include 'Jennifer and Alex' written on the beach in a heart, a picture of the pair at a 2020 NYE party, and of Jennifer in Hustlers. There was also a box of tissues for good measure. Oh, and he tagged @jlo in a heart. Lol.
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