J.Lo and A-Rod Are Back on the Market After Officially Calling It Quits
Well, it’s official: J-Rod is no more.
After weeks of speculation and attempts at “working through some things,” Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially ended their four-year relationship.
J.Lo, 51, and A-Rod, 45, issued a joint statement on Thursday morning to reveal their seemingly amicable, though somewhat businesslike split.
"We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so," said the statement shared with TODAY, in part. "We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects."
The statement also thanked everyone for their kind words and support, then went on to say that they wish only the best for each other and one another’s children, and that they would not reveal any other details out of respect for them.
The couple had hunkered down together throughout the past year’s COVID-19 lockdowns, bouncing between homes in Malibu, Miami, and the Hamptons via their private jet. They formed a seemingly perfect blended family with her 13-year-old twins, Max and Emme, from her third marriage to Marc Anthony, and his daughters, Ella, 12, and Natasha, 16, from his previous marriage to Cynthia Scurtis. But clearly, their relationship didn’t emerge from quarantine intact.
After getting engaged just over two years ago in the Bahamas, the couple originally planned to wed in 2020, but they were forced to cancel two different ceremonies during the course of the year due to pandemic shutdowns and restrictions. It seems now, however, that may have been for the best.
The news of their official breakup comes just weeks after the entertainment business’ eternal triple threat and former MLB player revealed that they were attempting to work through some issues in their relationship. In February, Lopez revealed to Allure that she and Rodriguez had sought couples’ therapy and had found it to be helpful. Then in March, a source told PEOPLE that the couple had "hit a rough patch, but were not broken up." Rodriguez even flew from his home in Miami to spend more time with Lopez in the Dominican Republic as she filmed her upcoming movie Shotgun Wedding. (Undoubtedly awkward, as they faced the cancellation of their own nuptials.)
— jlo (@JLo) April 10, 2021
When Lopez shared some selfies from set last weekend, however, her engagement ring was glaringly absent, so it seems as though none of the aforementioned attempts were enough to keep the power couple together.
The all-star breakup does come as a bit of good news — or, at the very least, vindication — for fans of the New York Mets who feel their baseball franchise dodged a massive, yet metaphorical line drive to the noggin when J.Lo and A-Rod’s billion-dollar bid to buy the team fell through last year. After all, the last thing that team needed was another scandalous and dysfunctional duo at the helm.
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