Why did Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez break up? Couple packed on PDAs at Joe Biden’s inauguration
In January, JLo revealed she would have been a married woman had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic. The pop star and her athlete ex-fiance, A-Rod, had to cancel their wedding not once but twice in 2020
Jennifer Lopez's four-year-old relationship with Alex Rodriguez ended in April 2021. The ex-lovers appeared to be end game but like many good things, their beautiful relationship too ran its course and they went their separate ways.
During their four years together JLo and A-Rod created endless memories, shared a lot of those with their fans through their Instagram pages, supported each other's endeavors, became business partners, as well as blended their respective families. So what went so wrong that made their relationship go kaput?
Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez postponed wedding twice over pandemic
In January 2021, during a chat with Elle, JLo revealed she would have been a married woman had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic. The pop star and her athlete ex-fiance had to cancel their wedding not once but twice in 2020. “We postponed the wedding twice," JLo said. "We had planned what we really, really wanted to do, [but] I don’t know if we’ll be able to re-create that. We canceled it, and since then we haven’t really talked about it. There’s no rush. We want to do it right when we can do it. We just have to wait to see where the world lands," she added.
The same month, the couple were seen packing on the PDAs at Joe Biden's inauguration signaling they were still going strong. The next month, rumors swirled around that A-Rod was texting 'Southern Charm' cast member Madison LeCroy. A source quashed the rumors saying the couple was extremely connected as a romantic couple and as a family and cheating rumors wouldn't break what they shared. "Jennifer isn’t bothered and doesn’t care about the Alex and Madison rumors. She thinks it’s outside noise and trusts Alex. She’s so in love with him," the source said.
Breakup reports emerged in March
On March 10, a source spoke to an outlet telling them JLo and A-Rod were gearing up for their wedding. "Jennifer and Alex are still planning on getting married," the source said. "He is so into her and they have so much fun together. It is amazing how well they get along. She trusts him like no one else she has been with and is in one of the best places in her career and personal life."
The source further said A-Rod was her biggest fan. "[He] tells her how gorgeous, smart and perfect she is all day. He is so in love with her and has no problem showing it," they added. Two days later TMZ reported the couple had called off their engagement. A source also told People magazine that their business kept them together. "This has been a long time coming. They are tied in their business worlds so it's not a cut and dry break up. It's taken a while for them to even think about untangling it all," the source said.
Jennifer Lopez took off engagement ring
After TMZ reported their breakup in March, JLo sent them a statement saying, "All the reports are inaccurate. We are working through some things.” The next couple of weeks, multiple outlets reported about the couple trying to make efforts to salvage their relationship.
A-Rod flew to the Dominican Republic where JLo was shooting 'Shotgun Wedding' and sources close to them said things were heading in the right direction. However, JLo posted a photo on Instagram on April 10 sans her engagement ring and speculations were once again rife that they had called off their relationship altogether.
Their joint statement about breakup
On April 15, the couple in a joint statement to 'The Today Show', confirmed their breakup putting to rest all the speculation around their relationship. “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” the couple said. “We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. 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.”
Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez's shared businesses
JLo recently sparked romance rumors with Ben Affleck, her ex-boyfriend from 2 decades ago. But a source close to the pop star said she has maintained a cordial relationship with all her exes, especially with Marc Anthony with whom she shares two kids and multiple businesses. JLo and A-Rod too collaborated to venture into a couple of multi-million dollar businesses.
For instance, the couple invested $11 million into Super Coffee. They also invest in healthcare company Hims and Hers (HIMS) which went public on the New York Stock Exchange in March and made the couple richer by $79 million. They also invested in real estate together, buying two homes in New York and Miami.