Everything Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez Have Said About Each Other

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez announced their split on April 15, 2021, after taking time to "work through some things" earlier in the year

01 of 28

ON THEIR APRIL 2021 SPLIT

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

"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. We wish the best for each other and one another's children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."

in a joint statement to PEOPLE

02 of 28

ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Jennifer Lopez
Jerod Harris/FilmMagic

"February is our special month... our anniversary month... We met again for the first time on February 1st... the first time we went out was two days later and since then there hasn't been a day we haven't been together or spoken... you keep me laughing...I love your wickedly funny sense of humor... and how you always try to make every room you enter a more joyful one... I love you and all you do for me and with me....you are my funny valentine."

Jennifer Lopez on Instagram

03 of 28

ON POSTPONING WEDDING TWICE

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
ANGELA WEISS/Getty Images

"We postponed the wedding twice. 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."

Jennifer Lopez to Elle magazine

04 of 28

ON TYING THE KNOT AGAIN

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez
George Pimentel/WireImage

"At our age, we've both been married before, it's like, do we get married? Do we not? What does it mean for us? It comes down to personal, what do you want to do? There's definitely no rush though. It'll happen when it happens."

Jennifer Lopez to Radio Andy

05 of 28

ON FAMILY TIME AMID PANDEMIC

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and kids. Alex Rodriguez/Instagram

"I think the one good thing that's come out of this is more family time and get a chance to not travel and kind of be in one place and bring some of your more stability for a family. We have four kids. Three are 12, and one just turned 16, so these are really important years in their lives, and just being even more present has been a gift."

— Alex Rodriguez to PEOPLE

06 of 28

ON THEIR COLLABORATION FOR QUAY EYEWEAR

jlo-arod-exclusive
Shop Their Looks!On Her: Quay x JLo “Reina” sunglasses, $60; quayaustralia.com On Him: Quay x ARod “Evasive” sunglasses, $60; quayaustralia.com. Quay

"Everything that we do, we do together. He knows my dreams and I know his dreams, and together we feel like we're stronger. We're constantly supporting each other in our individual endeavors and thinking about all the things that we can build together."

Jennifer Lopez, to PEOPLE

07 of 28

ON THEIR ENGAGEMENT

jlo-4
Alex Rodriguez & Jennifer Lopez. Arod Corp

"We're really happy."

Jennifer Lopez, to PEOPLE

"We have [an] appreciation for where we are in our lives today, and that's what we're enjoying the most."

— Alex Rodriguez, to PEOPLE

08 of 28

ON THEIR LUCK

jennifer-lopez-1
Jennifer Lopez/Twitter

"We love each other and we love our life together. The exciting part of our love is that we're both very aware of how lucky we are to have found each other."

Jennifer Lopez, to PEOPLE

09 of 28

ON THEIR TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Guess Spring 2018 Campaign Reveal Starring, Jennifer Lopez
Rachel Murray/Getty Images

"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."

"Like you there is none other. Words will never do justice to what the last two years have meant to me,"

— Alex Rodriguez, on Instagram

10 of 28

ON THEIR KIDS' STRONG BOND

jennifer-lopez
Felipe Ramales/SplashNews.com

"They love each other, they get along so good. We couldn't have asked for more … that stuff can be tricky sometimes and I think a lot of people understand that. I've had other relationships where it's been tricky but with these four it really works nicely."

Jennifer Lopez, on the Cubby and Carolina in the Morning radio show

11 of 28

ON WHAT MAKES THEM A PERFECT FIT

joe
Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty

"I think we're both in a good place in our lives. And I think maybe if we would have met in our twenties, maybe not so much…. we were both… we're too crazy. But now at this point in our lives where we both have kids, we both have accomplished certain things in our careers and we're kinda in that second act of our lives, we really complement each other. It's like, where I need help, he's really strong and where he needs help I'm really strong. When two people just fit together really well — he and I are like that."

Jennifer Lopez, on the Cubby and Carolina in the Morning radio show

12 of 28

ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE READY TO GET MARRIED

Guess Spring 2018 Campaign Reveal Starring, Jennifer Lopez
Rachel Murray/Getty

"We have to take our time. I've made plenty of mistakes in my past. We're mature now. We're grown ups, and we're going to take our time and we're going to do things at our own pace."

Jennifer Lopez, to Good Morning America

13 of 28

ON APPROACHING RODRIGUEZ 12 YEARS AFTER FIRST MEETING

One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief - Los Angeles
Kevin Mazur/Getty

"It was just one of those things where you feel compelled to do something you wouldn't normally do. I almost yelled out 'Alex,' but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that … I could literally just have walked away. But I walk over and tap him on the shoulder and say 'Hey.' "

Jennifer Lopez, to Vanity Fair

14 of 28

ON WHAT RODRIGUEZ'S DAUGHTERS THINK OF LOPEZ

jennifer-lopez
Kevin Mazur/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images

"She is such a great role model. They look at her like she's the Messiah … When they're in Las Vegas, I don't think they leave Jennifer's side."

— Alex Rodriguez, to PEOPLE

15 of 28

ON THEIR FIRST DATE

NBC's "World Of Dance" Celebration - Arrivals
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

"He was sitting there in his white shirt, very confident and manly, but then he was just so talkative! I think he thought I was going to be this loud person, but I'm not. I just listen. So he's talking, talking about his plans, about how he had just retired from baseball, about how he saw himself getting married again, all these things you wouldn't normally talk about on a first date. I don't know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date."

Jennifer Lopez, to Vanity Fair

16 of 28

ON 'NOT FORCING ANYTHING' WITH HER BEAU

Project Destined Yankees Shark Tank Presentations
Mark Sagliocco/Getty

"I do believe in marriage, and I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I'm not forcing anything right now."

Jennifer Lopez, to Harper's Bazaar

17 of 28

ON HOW THEY 'MAKE EACH OTHER BETTER'

jennifer-lopez-b
Jordan Althaus/NBCUniversal/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images

"I'm in a good relationship. I feel like I can say that for the first time — I don't know — maybe ever. And not that I didn't have great relationships, full of love and adventure, but this is the first relationship I've been where I feel like we really make each other better. We complement each other, and there's really pure, true love. Just wanting to support the other person and make them happy. So there's a different selflessness in the love that's beautiful and different. And healthy!"

Jennifer Lopez, to HOLA! USA

18 of 28

ON THEIR CHANCE ENCOUNTER

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - September 26, 2017
Raymond Hall/GC Images

"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.' "

Jennifer Lopez, to Vanity Fair

19 of 28

ON NOT KNOWING WHETHER THEIR DINNER TOGETHER WAS A FIRST DATE

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - August 23, 2017
James Devaney/GC Images

"Maybe we were seeing each other at night because of her work schedule? I went in uneasy, not knowing her situation. I thought it would be a win-win no matter what."

— Alex Rodriguez, to Vanity Fair

20 of 28

ON HOW THEY MAKE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WORK

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Walk Arm and Arm at Craigs
Splash News

"If you want to be together, you are together … Our kids get along really well, we're both from New York, we're both Latin, we're both in our forties, we're really enjoying life, but she really is one of the most impressive and smartest human beings I have ever met."

— Alex Rodriguez, to Extra

21 of 28

ON FEELING 'REALLY LUCKY RIGHT NOW'

Celebrity Sightings In Miami - July 23, 2017
Gustavo Caballero/GC Images

"I feel really lucky right now. He's a loving father. He's a generous human being with his family, with his friends, with me. He's caring and sweet and capable and responsible and just all the beautiful things you would want a man to be."

Jennifer Lopez, to Extra

22 of 28

ON FINDING OUT LOPEZ WAS SINGLE

jennifer-lopez-1
Source: Alex Rodriguez/Instagram

"She told me around the third or fourth inning that she was single. I had to get up and go re-adjust my thoughts. I went to the bathroom and got enough courage to send her a text … 'You look sexy AF' "

— Alex Rodriguez, to Vanity Fair

23 of 28

ON HAVING A LOT IN COMMON

jennifer-lopez
Seth Browarnik/startraksphoto.com

"We are very much twins. We're both Leos; we're both from New York; we're both Latino and about 20 other things."

— Alex Rodriguez, to Vanity Fair

24 of 28

ON BEING KINDRED SPIRITS

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez step out together for dinner at Carbone in New York City
Splash News Online

"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. In his 20s, he came into big success with the biggest baseball contract [at the time]. I had a No. 1 movie and a No. 1 album and made history. We both had ups and downs and challenges in our 30s, and by our 40s we'd both been through so much. And more importantly than anything, we had both done a lot of work on ourselves.

"The most impressive thing to me was how he did pick himself up and take that opportunity to make himself a better person. The hardest times prove who you are. That's what I love and admire the most about Alex. He doesn't let anything beat him. He just comes back stronger."

Jennifer Lopez, to Vanity Fair

25 of 28

ON THEIR BUDDING ROMANCE

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez arrive to World of Dance Event in Hollywood
Splash News Online

"He's the best. You would love him. He's a great guy. He's fun. He's awesome. … I am happy."

Jennifer Lopez, on The Late Late Show

26 of 28

ON RODRIGUEZ'S 'AMAZING, AMAZING GIRL'

"Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals
Neilson Barnard/Getty

"We're having a great time, she's an amazing, amazing girl, and one of the smartest human beings I've ever met and also an incredible mother."

— Alex Rodriguez, on The View

27 of 28

ON BELIEVING THEY WOULDN'T HAVE LASTED IF THEY MET YEARS AGO

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Steps out for Lunch matching outfits
Elder Ordonez/Splash News Online

"We had to grow and discover ourselves first. A lot of people I've met in my life, they don't appreciate what they're doing and how amazing it is … not the greatness of the house, but the moment of sitting there with someone you love, with a family, with healthy kids."

Jennifer Lopez, to Vanity Fair

28 of 28

ON PRACTICING GRATITUDE

jennifer-lopez
Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

"We're really good at reminding each other [to appreciate life]."

— Alex Rodriguez, to Vanity Fair

Related Articles