Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have called for quitting again – and this time they say they really mean it.
The super celebrity couple said in a statement that their attempts at reconciliation had failed and they were going their separate ways once and for all.
“We realized we were better as friends and can’t wait to stay that way. We will continue to work together and support each other on our joint endeavors and projects, ”the couple said in a joint statement to People and other outlets. “We wish each other the best for each other and for each other’s children.”
The news comes as no total surprise, as Lopez, 51, has continued to be seen without her $ 1.8 million engagement ring since March, when the couple initially called off their two-year engagement. . The couple quickly reconciled and said they were “working through things”. The former New York Yankees slugger, 45, even flew to the Dominican Republican to be with the singer and actress where she was working on the movie “Shotgun Wedding.”
But it was reported that the couple’s romance had been ‘on the rocks’ for some time and that they had hit a ‘rough patch’ in their relationship, which began four years ago.
Rodriguez proposed her marriage to Lopez in March 2019 and gave her a chunky diamond ring, as they posed for sunset photos on a Bahamian beach. They have twice canceled wedding plans citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lopez has been married three times previously and was famously (or infamously) engaged to Ben Affleck. Rodriguez has been married once before.
During their relationship, Lopez and Rodriguez enjoyed sharing affectionate, fit-looking and fabulous photos together, posing on award-winning red carpets, fainting in romantic locations, or relaxing with their happy family in glamorous confines. from one of their multiple homes Covid19 pandemic.
Their Instagram feeds often featured images of them with Lopez’s 13-year-old twins Max and Emme, from his marriage to Marc Anthony, as well as his two daughters, Ella, 12, and Natasha, 16, with her ex. – wife Cynthia Scurtis. .
But their outwardly perfect Instagram romance was also marred by rumors that Rodriguez had been unfaithful. News of their initial breakup in March followed rumors linking Rodriguez to Madison LeCroy, a star on the reality show “Southern Charm”.
Reports said Rodriguez had been FaceTiming with LeCroy. Representatives for Rodriguez have denied contact with LeCroy, saying, “He doesn’t know this woman.”
LeCroy told Page Six that she had Rodriguez “never met” but that they “spoke on the phone.” She went on to say that Rodriguez had “never physically cheated his fiancee with me”, claiming that she spoke to him “at random, but not consistently”.
But, for Lopez, the question of Rodriguez and other women dates back to 2017, when they were around four months into their relationship. Reports circulated that Lopez had hired a private investigator to confirm or refute claims that he was a serial cheater who was still seeing an ex-girlfriend.
“She’s heard cheating rumors in the past and never let it bother her,” a source told Us Weekly in March 2019, shortly after the couple shared the sunset photos on the beach of him proposing to get married while on vacation in the Bahamas.
“She trusts (Rodriguez) and his love,” the source told Us Weekly. “They are inseparable and together almost all the time.”
But immediately after announcing their engagement, a former Playboy playmate told a British tabloid he was texting her racy texts, begging her for “naughty videos” and a threesome with her and another woman.
Former Oakland A player Jose Canseco also launched a tirade on Twitter against Rodriguez, his longtime baseball nemesis, claiming that A-Rod slept with his ex-wife Jessica Canseco.
But Jessica Canseco vehemently denied her ex-husband’s allegation about her and Rodriguez days later.
In recent months, Lopez and Rodriguez had stood together at high-profile public events, with him accompanying her to President Joe Biden’s inauguration, where she sang “America the Beautiful.” They also attended the Super Bowl together.