UPDATE (4/15): After doing their best to try and stave off a permanent breakup, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez have officially called off their engagement, saying they’re better off as friends.
The now-former celebrity power couple released a joint statement to TODAY on Thursday (April 15) saying, “We have realized 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.”
After the pair’s breakup was announced in March, they hurriedly rushed and stated they were still very much together and were working it out. However, things seemed to dissolve between the two. They dated for four years and A-Rod popped the question in 2019.
Rodriguez recently announced he was purchasing the Minnesota Timberwolves, without J. Lo which is a stark contrast from last year, when the two unsuccessfully attempted to purchase the New York Mets. Both of them have recently posted photos on Instagram as J. Lo is no longer sporting her engagement ring and A-Rod is focused on what makes him grateful: his family.
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The pair began dating in 2017 and two years later, Alex popped the question with a massive ring. Although the pair were still plotting on a wedding despite COVID, apparently something threw a monkey wrench in their plans beyond the pandemic.
Before walking down the aisle, the pair were potentially looking to acquire the New York Mets but ultimately were outbid by billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen.
“When we looked at the Mets, we looked at it is intellectual property. … We looked at this like an entertainment sports media platform,” A-Rod told NJ.com in December 2020. “And we thought baseball was just a small part of it. But through Jennifer we could we could drive the music with Live Nation business at Citi Field. With e-commerce we thought we had Mark Lloyd, best in class, what he’s done with Walmart, we could do the same with the Mets.”
He added, “We then thought that we can energize and turbo-charge the network by changing and mixing up programming a little bit, and by even getting better and higher talent. … So baseball was a small part of it, it wasn’t everything. And we felt we could buy this for $2.35 billion and over time make this a $10 or 15 billion holding company, much like the Fenway Group has done over in Boston.”
Less than a week ago, A-Rod shared a photo of the two in the Dominican Republic. Sadly, J-Lo will be staying there to continue filming a movie while A-Rod will be back in Miami.
Sheesh, we wanted them to work.