Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez split and officially end their engagement: 'We are better as friends'
Rumors that JLo and ARod were breaking up have swirled for weeks
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially called off their engagement.
A source close to Lopez confirmed to Fox News that she and the former MLB player are no longer moving forward with their marriage.
The duo issued a joint statement to TODAY on Thursday, just weeks after reconciling.
"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," the duo’s joint statement reads. "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."
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The first hints that the couple were close to breaking up came in March when an initial report from Page Six claimed Lopez was busy in the Dominican Republic filming a movie while Rodriguez is "in Miami getting ready for baseball season."
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The couple initially denied rumors that they’d called it quits, though. Shortly after rumors began, the "On the Floor" singer, 51, and the 45-year-old former MLB player confirmed they were still a couple in a statement shared with Fox News at the time.
"All the reports are inaccurate. We are working through some things," the pair's joint statement read.
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A source further claimed to Fox News that, while reports of their breakup were premature, the two had recently run into some issues.
"Nothing was concrete. They hit a rough patch but are working through it," the source said.
Rodriguez popped the question in March of 2019 after roughly two years of dating on a beach in the Bahamas. Both took to Instagram to share a photo of the aftermath of the sunset proposal.
"She said yes," Rodriguez said at the time in a post showing JLo’s hand, now bearing a huge engagement ring.
The actress and singer shared the same post with a simpler message.
In April of 2020, Lopez explained that they'd pumped the breaks on actually planning their nuptials due to the coronavirus pandemic shutting everything down and restricting gatherings on social gatherings like lavish weddings.
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"It did affect it a little bit," Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres at the time. "So, we’ll see what happens now… I really don’t know what’s gonna happen now as far as dates or anything like that."
We are just kind of in a holding pattern like the rest of the world," the "Hustlers" star added. "So, again, it’s just something we have to wait and see in a few months how this all pans out."
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The two began dating in February 2017 before getting engaged. Lopez shares 13-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony. Rodriguez co-parents daughters Ella, 12, and Natasha, 16, with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.