It’s quite common for celebrities to find love with one another and that rings true for Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. She is one of the world’s top performers, while he is one of the richest former MLB players of all-time. The two experienced previous marriages, divorces, children, and more, but that didn’t stop them from falling in love. This powerful couple is taking the world by storm, so here is everything fans need to know about their publicized relationship.
Alex Rodriguez’s Dream Date
Some might think it was fate when a resurfaced video of Alex Rodriguez came to light. While he was playing in the MLB for the Seattle Mariners in 1998, an interviewer asked who his dream date would be.
Rodriguez quickly responded that it would definitely be Jennifer Lopez and asked the interviewer if they could get him a date with her. Luckily, Rodriguez’s wish would come true. He just needed to wait a little while.
Meeting For The First Time
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez finally met for the first time in 2005 when she attended one of his baseball games with her husband at the time, Marc Anthony. Lopez and Anthony were married from 2004 to 2014 and have twins named Emme and Max.
Rodriguez was also married at the time to Cynthia Scurtis, but the pair divorced in 2008 after six years of marriage. The pair have two daughters named Natasha and Ella.
An Accidental Run In
Fast forward to 2017, the two of them had spent years living the single life and dating around but were ready for a more committed relationship. Luck would have it that they would accidentally run into each other in February 2017 in Los Angeles.
Rodriguez and Lopez have different recounts of what actually happened, but they have a few of the facts straight. It started with Lopez tapping Rodriguez on the shoulder and ended with him sending her a text for dinner that night.
The Relationship Gets Confirmed
Most celebrity couples will likely try and keep their relationship private during its beginning stages. When Rodriguez and Lopez kept getting spotted together, rumors started going around that they were indeed in a relationship.
On the March 31, 2017, episode of The View, Rodriguez confirmed the rumors that he and Lopez were dating. He jokingly kept talking about her stating that some of her guilty pleasures included chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.
Date Night At The Met Gala
May 1, 2017, was certainly a night to remember for the new couple. They made their first red carpet appearance together at the iconic Met Gala in New York City.
Rodriguez donned a classic Tom Ford tuxedo and took selfies with Lopez on his phone throughout the night in her one-of-a-kind powder blue Valentino gown. They were one of the most talked about couples on the carpet after being featured in Vogue, Hollywood Reporter, and more.
Having Fun In France
A little less than half a year into their relationship, Lopez and Rodriguez went on a romantic vacation to the “City of Love.” The pair traveled to France and spent their time taking in the gorgeous scenery.
In this photo, the pair are spotted enjoying some ice cream while strolling along the River Seine. A few moments later they were seen galivanting in front of the famous Louvre art museum. This would just be the first of many international trips for the couple.
Strike A Pose
Things kept heating up with the couple during their first year together. In December 2017, the two got to be the cover stars for that month’s issue of Vanity Fair.
Lopez and Rodriguez gave a joint interview about their new life together. They had nothing but good things to say about each other with Rodriguez believing they couldn’t be more compatible, “We’re both Leos; we’re both from New York; we’re both Latino and about 20 other things,” said Rodriguez.
A Special Dedication
The couple got to celebrate their one year anniversary on February 3, 2018. The pair were in Minneapolis, Minnesota where Lopez was performing at a pre-Super Bowl show.
When it was time for her to sing the song “Us,” she knew she needed to dedicate it to her boyfriend. “We’ve been together for one year today. I don’t want to get all mushy or anything, but baby, this song is for you. I love you,” said Lopez.
Lopez Slyly Asks Rodriguez An Important Question
It didn’t take too long for Lopez to start thinking about getting hitched to Rodriguez. In April 2018 she released a song called “El Anillo,” which translates to “the ring.”
The title of the song was her not so subtly telling Rodriguez that it’s time for him to get her an engagement ring. The chorus roughly translates to, “I have never felt anything so grand/And I’m crazy about your wild side/You’ve given me so much that I’ve been thinking/I already have it all, but/When will I get the ring?” The chorus gets repeated 13 times throughout the song.
Another Visit To The Met Gala
A bunch of celebrities were in attendance at the 2018 Met Gala, but this would be one of the year’s most special appearances for Lopez and Rodriguez. The two shared genuine smiles and laughs on the red carpet.
She sported a Balmain dress that was bejeweled from head to toe. The dress featured a large blue and red cross on the chest and a feathered black train that showed plenty of leg. Rodriguez decided to keep it chic with an all-black ensemble.
Shutting Down The Engagement Rumors
Lopez and Rodriguez have been one of the most talked about couples in Hollywood since they started dating, so it was only natural that rumors about them would take over. Lopez posted a photo of her wearing a ring on her left ring finger in July 2018, which caused people to think she was engaged.
Rodriguez quickly shot down the engagement rumors, “Of course, it [the ring] has a significance…no, we’re not engaged…” He admitted that he had gifted the ring to Lopez in the spring of 2018, but it wasn’t a proposal.
Blending Their Families
Before deciding to get married, Lopez and Rodriguez needed to make sure that their families could blend into one. The pair have posted several photos of their blended family having fun and going on trips on their social media accounts.
Most of their photos include group hugs and big smiles, so it’s clear that the two families get along. Lopez’s twins are the same age as Rodriguez’s youngest daughter, while his other daughter is about four years older.
Time For The Ring
The engagement between Lopez and Rodriguez couldn’t have gone more perfect. A few days prior, Rodriguez practiced what he would say with his assistant in order to get it right.
During their vacation to the Bahamas in March 2019, Rodriguez proposed to Lopez on the beach with a colossal emerald-cut diamond ring. Originally, it was priced at one million dollars, but People later revealed that it is actually worth about $4.5 million. The couple received so many messages of congratulations from other celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
Enjoying Engaged Life
Even though they got engaged two years into their relationship, the pair weren’t in too much of a rush to get married. A month after their engagement announcement Lopez appeared on WKTU’s Cubby & Carolina in the Morning and said the two hadn’t even started preparing for the wedding.
They certainly didn’t need to be in a rush because both had some big things on their plate, especially with Lopez on a concert tour and filming the blockbuster hit Hustlers.
Engaged At The Met Gala
Lopez and Rodriguez kept the tradition alive by attending their third Met Gala together in 2019. This time it was a bit different because they had now been engaged for about two months.
Her look was inspired by her engagement ring, which led to this sparkling Versace dress and elaborate headpiece. She also wore a giant pendant necklace and iridescent platform heels. Rodriguez chose to add some color while keeping up with the gaudy and glitzy “camp” theme in a bubblegum pink tuxedo.
Something In The Works For The Wedding
During the fall of 2019, Lopez and Rodriguez were ready to get their wedding plans started. Rodriguez appeared on a show called Strahan, Sara, and Keke and told the audience some small tidbits of what’s to come.
“I got one clue for y’all. One wedding clue. It’s gonna be a long flight,” said Rodriguez. The audience erupted with cheering as Rodriguez practically revealed that he and Lopez will have some kind of international destination wedding.
A Beautiful Engagement Party
The couple couldn’t wait to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with an engagement party in September 2019. Lyricist Carole Bayer Sager hosted their extravagant and elegant engagement party in Los Angeles.
Their families and friends gathered for a four-course dinner with exquisite dishes such as pumpkin-squash tortellini, caramelized Brussels sprouts, and much more. Other celebrities in attendance included Leah Remini, Macy Gray, Ashlee Simpson, and Evan Ross. Lopez posted many photos from the night on her Instagram including a touching photo with Rodriguez and their children.
A Supportive Fiancé
One of Lopez’s most memorable performances of her career was headlining the Super Bowl halftime show in 2020. She got to perform some of her most iconic songs and was joined by some special guests including Shakira and her daughter Emme.
Her fiancé was cheering her on the entire time by singing and dancing along. He posted a video of himself enjoying her performance with the caption, “Amazing! She absolutely crushed it! Wow, that was so fun! I’m so proud of you, Jen!”
Sharing Wedding Plans With Oprah
On February 29, 2020, Lopez joined Oprah Winfrey in Los Angeles on her speaking tour called 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus. Winfrey couldn’t end the talk without asking Lopez about her upcoming wedding plans.
“If we’re going to be together for the rest of our lives, what is the rush? We’re really going to try to build something together that we both never had or never felt like we had, which is a family with a husband and a wife, and a mother and father, and we embrace all our children. We show them it’s something that we didn’t have,” said Lopez.
Putting Their Plans On Hold
Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that she and Rodriguez were planning on getting married in the summer of 2020. They and many other couples had to put their plans on hold due to the circumstantial events of 2020.
They knew postponing the wedding would be the safest thing to do. “Honestly, I really don’t know what’s going to happen now as far as dates or anything like that. We’re just kind of in a holding pattern like the rest of the world,” said Lopez.