Alex Rodriguez's ex Cynthia Scurtis might not like Jennifer Lopez, but she's not the reason they got divorced
Rodriguez might be constantly gushing over JLo, but before she came into his life, there was more than just leggy blondes Scurtis had to worry about
Jennifer Lopez has most likely managed to seep into beau Alex Rodriguez's ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis' bad books once again. After intruding herself into their family drama pertaining to child support and the likes, this time, Lopez earned the side-eye from Cynthia when the pop star stripped down to a lacy bralette at the outdoor birthday celebration of Rodriguez and Scurtis's daughter Ella. Yet the 'Dinero' singer is not the reason A-Rod and Scurtis got divorced.
Papped snaps of Scurtis making a not-so-pleasant face at her ex's new fiancee, flaunting herself in a bralette, do bring to mind their long-drawn-out tiff that has seen Scurtis try to dodge questions surrounding the J-Rod engagement. But it's not a shock, really, considering Rodriguez knew some 20 years ago that his dream date with the dream woman would have to be his current fiancee. Plus, Rodriguez and Scurtis's divorce wasn't one of those mutually agreeing either. Their relationship ended after Scurtis filed for divorce under some pretty intense claims.
Rodriguez and Scurtis got married in 2002, after meeting six years ago at a Miami gym while she was still in school studying psychology. Rodriguez was already an A-lister in the ball-playing community, but insiders have revealed to the Daily News how Scurtis wasn't exactly an easy catch for him. "She said no a lot to him," a source told the same outlet. Clearly it didn't work for that long, and baseball pro finally started dating the typical girl-next-door, before proposing to her on her 30th birthday. The wedding happened in Texas, and the lovebirds were wed by Scurtis' grandfather, despite her family's lack of thrill over Rodriguez's Greek heritage.
Shortly after, Scurtis left her job to travel the country with her husband. They moved to New York in 2004, where Rodriguez became a New York Yankee, and things were great for the short while the bliss lasted before Rodriguez's wandering gazed became the topic of rumors. "She always said he was not cheating on her. She always really believed in him," a source shared with the Daily News, but 2007 photos of Rodriguez next to a La Vegas stripper photos said otherwise. Scurtis, however, stood by him, especially with her white tank tops saying "f*ck you" as she appeared at the Yankee Stadium - something that has always been touted as a bold response to the rumor mill. Sadly, Scurtis's stand didn't help their relationship as Rodriguez evolved from a stripper to a full-blown out popstar soon.
After six dreary years of constantly facing the rumor mill and being subjected to the press about her husband's cheating, Scurtis finally filed for divorce in 2008, under the claims of infidelity, marital misconduct and emotional abandonment. This came just 10 weeks after she gave birth to the couple's second daughter, Ella, and the press celebrated every possible lead they could to explore the possibility of an affair between Rodriguez and Madonna. Scurtis had apparently told her friends that the two were having an affair, with insiders telling the Daily News that she had even found a note Rodriguez had written to Madonna, calling her his 'true soulmate'. "The embarrassment over Madonna was the last straw," a source told People, adding, "Cynthia is a strong person... But a wife with two young children can only take so much."
Scurtis was reportedly thrilled when their divorce was finalized. "The marriage of the parties is irretrievably broken because of the husband's extramarital affairs and other marital misconduct," the petition filed in Miami-Dade circuit court said, according to ESPN, adding that the baller "emotionally abandoned his wife and children." Scurtis requested primary custody of the kids, child support, alimony, and the couple's $12 million waterfront home in Coral Gables, Florida.
While she maintained her silence over his affairs in the court proceedings, as there was no 'vindictiveness' involved, in her personal circle, Scurtis spilled the beans on how Madonna was just one among a 'bevy of mistresses', reports the Daily News. And even with Madonna subsequently denying those claims, it wasn't the end of the nasty, drawn-out court battle that followed between Scurtis and Rodriguez.
From her younger brother, Constantine Scurtis, suing Rodriguez in a $100 million civil suit in 2015 for "insurance and mortgage fraud" to Rodriguez threatening to cut child support if she didn't side with him, Scurtis has been through quite the ordeal. She hasn't always maintained her silence, as the Daily News has also reported she allegedly made "disparaging remarks” about the singer back in the day. A lot has happened between Scurtis and Rodrigues on their journey towards co-parenting their two daughters, Natasha and Ella, smoothly. And even though Rodriguez is pretty much boyfriend/fiance goals for whatever he has been doing to win J-Lo over every single day, it now makes sense why Scurtis is far from pleased or thrilled about their relationship.
That Rodriguez had come clean in an ESPN video from 1998 about his dream date with his dream woman being none other than J-Lo herself can't really be expected to help matters. Plus with people on social media touting how him scoring Lopex after a slew of leggy blondes like Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson looks like "A plan that was decades in the making", one can't really blame Cynthia for enduring the not-so-conscientious partner he seems to be now.