They were America’s hottest power couple, striding atop the worlds of celebrity, business and fashion — but the epic love affair between Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez started off with an awkward text that would make a middle schooler blush.
“You look sexy AF,” the former Yankee slugger reportedly wrote to the pop diva while stepping away from the table during their first date in Beverly Hills in 2017. From the start, the pair’s love affair would be unlike any other — and no one was made more aware of that than A-Rod himself.
Known to all as J-Rod — the duo used social media to chronicle their every move, from lavish vacations to private jet rides. When they announced their engagement — complete with a $1.8 million ring — on the private resort of Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas in March 2019 it seemed they were on their way to joining the pantheon of married celebrities.
However, by early 2021, the couple still had not set a date. It turns out they had spent “95 percent” of the pandemic together, according to the source who knows them. During that time, they went to couples counseling, J-Lo revealed in a magazine interview.
In March of this year, stories linking A-Rod to “Southern Charm” star Madison LeCroy started surfacing. LeCroy revealed they had been FaceTiming, but insisted they had not met in person. Nevertheless, J-Lo was furious and “embarrassed” by her man being mixed up with a random reality TV star, sources said.
The couple finally said Thursday that they were calling it quits for good. A source close to Jennifer Lopez said she and Alex Rodriguez wanted to keep the split simple for the sake of their children. Three-times wed J-Lo has twins Emme and Max, 13, with her ex Marc Anthony. A-Rod is dad to daughters Natasha, 16, and Ella, 12, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.