They were America’s hottest power couple, striding atop the worlds of celebrity, business and fashion — but the epic love affair between Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez started off with an awkward text that would make a middle schooler blush.
“You look sexy AF,” the former Yankee slugger reportedly wrote to the pop diva while stepping away from the table during their first date in Beverly Hills in 2017.
“I had to get up and go re-adjust my thoughts,” A-Rod told Vanity Fair about what went through his mind before sending such a note. “I went to the bathroom and got enough courage to send her a text.”
J-Lo told the publication that she didn’t have much time to consider A-Rod’s attempt to pitch woo — because something happened that would be a pretty apt metaphor for the rest of their relationship.
“The [restaurant’s] fire alarm went off, and we had to evacuate,” Lopez told the magazine.
From the start, the pair’s love affair would be unlike any other — and no one was made more aware of that than A-Rod himself.
“Whatever you do, you cannot mess her around,” a longtime friend of the retired MLB star told him, soon after he hooked up with Lopez.
“I said, ‘This lady is like American royalty,” the friend recalled for the Post. “Whatever happens, you cannot treat her badly. If you split up for any reason, she has to be the one to dump your ass!’ It’s a lot of pressure on someone to date Jennifer Lopez! But they both fell in love.”
Known to all as J-Rod — the duo used social media to chronicle their every move, from lavish vacations to private jet rides.
Even their finances got intimately entwined.
The couple reportedly purchased a $40 million waterfront home on Star Island in Florida last summer. They also flipped a Miami home with help from Chip and Joanna Gaines and bought and sold a Manhattan penthouse.
Last summer, they tried unsuccessfully to buy the New York Mets together, losing a bidding war to billionaire Steve Cohen. They’re also both backers of fitness brand TruFusion.
When they announced their engagement — complete with a $1.8 million ring — on the private resort of Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas in March 2019 it seemed they were on their way to joining the pantheon of married celebrities like Beyoncéand Jay-Z, and George and Amal Cooney.
However, by early 2021, the couple still had not set a date.
It turns out they had spent “95 percent” of the pandemic together, according to the source who knows them. During that time, they went to couples counseling, J-Lo revealed in a magazine interview.
“It has been actually really good. We got to work on ourselves. We did therapy,” she told Allure. “I think it was really helpful for us in our relationship.”
Despite the therapy, A-Rod’s friend’s warning proved prophetic, as rumors of the big leaguer playing the field with another woman wreaked havoc on the relationship.
In March of this year, stories linking A-Rod to “Southern Charm” star Madison LeCroy started surfacing.
LeCroy revealed they had been FaceTiming, but insisted they had not met in person.
Nevertheless, J-Lo was furious and “embarrassed” by her man being mixed up with a random reality TV star, sources said.
In March of this year Page Six first reported that, in large part because of the LeCroy incident, A-Rod and J-Lo had called it quits.
The leak of their relationship troubles caught the “Jenny From the Block” singer, who was in the Dominican Republic making her new film “Shotgun Wedding,” unaware.
She was “all alone, she didn’t have her kids with her, she didn’t have any friends out there, she was devastated and there were a lot of tears,” a source said.
After the story broke, the couple hastily tried a last-ditch attempt to work things out with a weekend together in the Dominican Republic. Their PR team also swung into overdrive and put out a statement claiming news of their split was “inaccurate.”
They were even spotted snuggling up and kissing for the cameras. The attempted reconciliation was genuine, sources said.
“I do think Alex tried to make it work, when he went down to the Dominican, it was not a charade… he was genuine,” said a source who knows the couple.
“I have no doubt that Jennifer was the one to control how it played out. She would have wanted to have the final say. The initial story caught her out and she likes to handle her own affairs.”
The couple finally said Thursday that they were calling it quits for good.
Credit: Page Six