The longtime A-Rod good friend defined to The Submit, “I stated, ‘This woman is like American royalty. No matter occurs, you can’t deal with her badly. When you break up up for any purpose, she needs to be the one to dump your ass!’ It’s a whole lot of stress on somebody up to now Jennifer Lopez! However they each fell in love.”
After two years collectively, the once-disgraced Yankees slugger has now made it official and proposed final weekend with a staggering $1.eight million diamond ring.
Rodriguez obtained down on one knee at Baker’s Bay, an ultra-exclusive island within the Bahamas — the identical spot the place the couple first went on trip collectively — whereas Lopez broke down in tears.
In response to pals, Rodriguez, 43, instructed no considered one of his plans to suggest, trying to find the right ring for a number of months and coping with a jewellery designer overseas in secret.
The couple, who regularly converse Spanish to one another, are stated to be an actual staff.
“They’re so respectful to one another,” stated a supply who has labored with Rodriguez. “When Alex is working for ESPN [calling baseball games], Jennifer goes … and sits quietly within the sales space as a result of she likes to observe him. They’ve that form of relationship. Likewise, when she was doing her [concert residency] in Vegas, he would fly in. He was at nearly each present. The help degree is unbelievable.”
Simply hours after their proposal, although, the couple was hit by claims from ex-Yankee José Canseco, who accused Rodriguez of dishonest on Lopez with José’s ex-wife, Jessica.
In a sequence of tweets, he addressed Rodriguez, telling him to “cease dishonest on Jennifer Lopez.” (Jessica refuted the claims, saying, “These false accusations José is making usually are not true!”)
“While you get engaged and that night time you could have some maniac tweeting that crap, that’s obtained to be laborious to take care of,” stated a Rodriguez insider. “However Alex and Jennifer are sturdy sufficient to know who they’re. Folks have tried to knock them down, however you possibly can’t faux love.”
Though the couple had met one another briefly years in the past, Lopez has stated that the timing was excellent once they started courting in early 2017.
“Each of them absolutely admit that in the event that they’d [gotten together] 10 years in the past, it simply wouldn’t have labored,” stated the longtime A-Rod good friend. “They had been simply completely different individuals again then.” (At the moment, Lopez was nonetheless married to her third husband, and the daddy of her twins, singer Marc Anthony. Rodriguez was nonetheless together with his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis, with whom he shares two daughters.)
Once they did hook up, it was a particular change of tempo for Rodriguez. He has dated loads of impartial girls — usually round his personal age or older — earlier than, together with Madonna, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz and tech government Anne Wojcicki. “Alex has all the time had very beautiful, very well-known girlfriends,” stated a good friend of the couple. “He’s not a type of guys who needs to be the alpha — he doesn’t need to be essentially the most well-known man within the room.”
However the athlete, who loves to speak to followers on the streets of Manhattan, by no means needed to take care of a safety element earlier than being with Lopez, 49.
“Jennifer all the time has safety wherever she goes — she has to,” stated the good friend of the couple. “Arguably, she’s far more well-known than Alex. When you dropped him in the midst of London, individuals wouldn’t actually know him! They know him now for being with Jennifer.”
On the Grammys pink carpet in February, Rodriguez was noticed snapping images of Lopez. A couple of weeks later, he let her have the limelight on the Oscars — to the purpose that she needed to name him again to pose for photographers after he had wandered away.
“He usually jokes that folks assume he’s Jennifer’s safety and attempt to get him out of the picture! He says ‘I’m simply the man holding the bag!’” stated the good friend of the couple. “However they praise one another so effectively.”
Lopez revealed how she was the one to make a transfer when she ran into Rodriguez in Beverly Hills in 2016.
“I nearly yelled out ‘Alex,’ however I’m the shyest particular person on the subject of issues like that,” she instructed Vainness Honest.
The singer and actress overcame her nerves, tapped him on the shoulder and stated, “Hey.” Rodriguez referred to as her later that afternoon, they usually made a date for dinner. Even then, nonetheless, he wasn’t completely certain if it was a date or only a pleasant meet-up.
“Possibly we had been seeing one another at night time due to her work schedule,” he instructed Vainness Honest of his ideas. “I went in uneasy, not understanding her state of affairs.”
Through the dinner, “He was nervous, and it was actually cute,” Lopez recalled to VF.
It was solely after Lopez hinted that she was single that Rodriguez made his transfer: excusing himself for a visit to the restroom, then sending her a textual content about how attractive she seemed.
By August 2017, it was clear the couple was enjoying for retains. Attendees at billionaire Ron Perelman’s annual summer season bash, Apollo within the Hamptons, instructed The Submit how the newly anointed J-Rod freely kissed in entrance of the opposite A-list company.
The J.Lo romance comes at an fascinating time of reinvention for Rodriguez.
Whereas enjoying with the Yankees over 12 years, he was seen as an amazing — but in addition as troubled and self-serious. The infielder and three-time American League MVP was suspended for the 2014 season for violating Main League Baseball’s performance-enhancing-drugs coverage.
Rodriguez has stated he used the medicine to handle persistent again ache and out of a need to spice up his batting statistics, and expressed remorse.
“How silly are you able to be?” he admitted to “Simple” interviewer Joe Buck. “This factor value me over $40 million. And it value me my popularity, and it might have value me the Corridor of Fame and quite a few different issues.”
In response to A-Rod’s longtime good friend, “Alex has been on a roller-coaster that most individuals haven’t been on. He has been as down as you might be and he fought again — it was a battle. Most individuals don’t know the way down he actually was [during his suspension from MLB].
“Alex has taken his justifiable share of beatings within the press,” the longtime good friend added. However because of a brand new profession at ESPN and Fox — in addition to the way in which romance with Lopez appears to have lightened him up — “over the previous two years individuals have checked out him in a different way.”
In the meantime, the world has lengthy been obsessive about Lopez’s love life, going again to one of many first portmanteau relationships — Bennifer, her made-for-tabloid romance with actor Ben Affleck from 2002-2004 — in addition to her high-profile marriage to Anthony lower than six months after splitting from Affleck. (Jennifer and Marc divorced in 2014.)
Earlier than that, she was wed to backup dancer Cris Judd from 2001 to 2003. A decade later, Judd instructed Us Weekly: “I can’t provide the reply as to why her relationships don’t work. I believe [the issue is that it is] work. [The question is,] whether or not you need to work on it or not.”
However sources say Lopez is decided to place the work into her relationship with Rodriguez. One of many best elements of that, to date, has been mixing their two households: his daughters Ella, 10, and Natasha, 14, and her 11-year-old twins Max and Emme.
“I used to be so loving to his youngsters and he was so loving and accepting of mine, they usually embraced one another instantly,” Lopez instructed Folks. “[It was] ‘I get a brand new bonus brother and sisters to hang around with on a regular basis and it’s good.’ ”
In reality, in response to the good friend of the couple, it was their kids who pushed for the proposal.
Insiders add that there are not any plans but for when or the place the marriage will occur, however that there’ll seemingly must be some severe rearranging of the busy duo’s schedules.
Along with Rodriguez’s broadcast profession, Lopez is engaged on “100 initiatives as typical,” the good friend of the couple stated, together with starring in and producing the NBC present “World of Dance.”
There are not any laborious emotions about one or the opposite being too busy, nonetheless. Mentioned the good friend of the couple, “They each perceive their worlds.”
Or, because the longtime Rodriguez good friend places it: “He’s met his match.”