Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez's relationship timeline, from secret romance to 'power couple'
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were a match made in New York City — literally.
The beloved New Yorkers found love with one another nearly a decade after first meeting at a baseball game in Queens, though A-Rod has hinted in the past the pair may have met even earlier than that. At first, the pair kept it quiet but their silence was short-lived. After just two months of dating, they went public, and they never looked back.
From gracing magazine covers to attending events on behalf of their significant other, the pair have quickly grown to be known as one of Hollywood's biggest "power couples."
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Here's a look back at the couple's flourishing romance.
Engaged! March 2019
Rodriguez popped the question just weeks after celebrating their second anniversary.
“She said yes,” Rodriguez announced their engagement in a March 9 post showing JLo’s hand, bearing a 15-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring.
Lopez shared the same sunset photo on Instagram with hearts.
2nd-anniversary, February 2019
Arod and JLo marked two years together in February.
On Feb. 4, the day after they officially became a couple, Rodriguez posted a romantic tribute to his love.
"I can’t believe it’s been two years. Only 730 days, which have flown by, but it feels like we have been together forever. We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words," he wrote, in part. "From baseball games, to traveling across the world to shows in Vegas. We have done it all together and every moment with you is cherished. Where this road will take us next is unknown but there is no one else I would rather have by my side. The journey is just beginning and I am excited for what’s ahead."
Rodriguez gushed that there's "no one like you" while posting a slideshow of some of his favorite moments over the past two years.
Likewise, Lopez also humble-bragged about her number one fan in a sweet post.
"Two years of laughter. Two years of fun. Two years of adventures.Of excitement of growing and learning. Of true friendship. And so much love!! You make my world a more beautiful safe and stable place... in the midst of our ever-changing, ever-moving life... you make me feel like a teenager starting out all over again... Every time I think I have you pegged, you surprise me in the most wonderful ways reminding me how blessed I am to have found you now in this moment at this time... our time... Te Amo Macho," the singer wrote on Instagram.
Wedding bells ringing? November 2018
Lopez shut down engagement rumors on Ellen DeGeneres' show in November. The television host joked about Rodriguez texting her prior to airing that they were planning on getting hitched.
“He did not say that. He did not say that! Let me see the text,” Lopez joked.
When asked whether she believes they will ever get married, Lopez, who has been dating A-Rod for "a couple years," said she wasn't sure.
AMAs, October 2018
The couple attended the American Music Awards together in October 2018.
"There's nothing this woman can't do," Rodriguez wrote on Instagram, tagging Lopez's upcoming film "Second Act."
Birthday girl, July 2017
Rodriguez celebrated his girl's 49th birthday with a series of never-before-seen snapshots of Lopez.
“When we were kids, birthdays were exciting because it was all about the gifts we would be getting,” Rodriguez captioned an Instagram gallery in July 2017. “A new bat, dance shoes, maybe a new CD (yes I’m old!).”
The 42-year-old continued, “I see firsthand how that’s changed for Jennifer, and how she’s found joy in sharing with others. For someone who has been about giving everything she has 365 days a year—to our children, our families, the world—I hope today, we can give you all the happiness you deserve. I love you mucho Macha 13.”
Cover girl, March 2018
Described as being "on top of the world personally and professionally," Lopez was named one of Harpers Bazaar's spring cover stars.
“He sports-metaphors me to death, and now I do it to everyone else,” Lopez joked.
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“Baseball is just like life,” she added. “All you want to do is hit a home run.”
Happy 1-year, February 2018
Before performing at a pre-Super Bowl LII show, Lopez took a moment to give her boyfriend some praise.
"We've been together for one year today. I don't want to get all mushy or anything, but baby, this song's for you. I love you," she said, according to E! News.
She later explained to E! why she felt compelled to give her beau some love.
"It was our little anniversary, so it was a special night. I kept thinking 'Oh, God—February 3! That's our day. Oh, my God! It's been a year.' It was more spontaneous than anything else. It wasn't too planned. I thought about it, and I thought, 'Maybe I'll do it; maybe I won't,'" Lopez said. "But it was a great show, in general, and...I don't know. We felt really good."
Workout king and queen, August 2017
J-Lo and A-Rod both work hard to stay in shape. The singer-actress posted a candid of the pair after a yoga session in August 2017.
"You push me I push you..." she wrote.
Cover models, December 2017
It's true. "J-Rod" made their magazine cover debut in December 2017, landing the front page of Vanity Fair.
The couple opened up about their relationship and spilled the tea about how they first got together. Lopez recalled spotting Rodriguez while eating lunch in Beverly Hills. Though nervous, Lopez got the courage to walk over to Rodriguez and say hello.
“I had just come from a promo for my show, 'Shades of Blue,' so I’m dressed like my character, like a boy—Timberlands, jeans, curly short hair. He looks at me. I say, ‘It’s Jennifer.’ He says, ‘You look so beautiful,'" Lopez revealed to Vanity Fair.
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The pair later discussed their first date: dinner at Hotel Bel Air. At first, the couple had mixed signals — unsure whether it was a real date or not. But eventually, it was crystal clear. And the rest is, well, history.
“I understand him in a way that I don’t think anyone else could, and he understands me in a way that no one else could ever,” Lopez gushed.
Red carpet debut, May 2017
The couple made their first official red carpet debut together at the 2017 Met Gala in New York City. At that time, J-Lo blasted out a series of photos showing the couple enjoying themselves at the event — from snapping selfies in the car en route to the event to blowing kisses at the dinner table.
"You're never fully dressed without a smile," Lopez captioned one of the Instagram posts.
Secret romance, March 2017
Rumors began to swirl around March — about a month after the pair reportedly started dating. At first, they attempted to keep their relationship a secret. Lopez and Drake split around that time after just two months of dating, Us Magazine reports.
“She is his dream girl.”
The news wasn't completely shocking. Apparently, Rodriguez has always been attracted to Lopez.
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“A-Rod has always been taken with the beauty and personality of Jennifer Lopez,” a source told People in March 2017. “She is his dream girl.”
First sight, May, 2005
The pair first met at Shea Stadium in Queens back in 2005. Lopez stopped to shake Rodriguez's hand before the first pitch, People reports.
At the time, Lopez was still with her ex-husband Marc Anthony. They even all posed for a picture together.