Entertainment Sports Alex Rodriguez and His Daughters Are 'in a Great Place' After Jennifer Lopez Split: 'I'm So Grateful' Alex Rodriguez said in a recent interview that he and his daughters "learned so much" from his relationship with Jennifer Lopez By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 17, 2021 08:23 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and kids. Photo: Alex Rodriguez/Instagram Alex Rodriguez is "in a great place" four months after he and Jennifer Lopez called off their engagement. The retired New York Yankees player, 46, said in a recent interview that he and his daughters Natasha, 16½, and Ella, 13 (whom he shares with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis), are currently focused on "all the positive" things in life. "I had five years of an incredible life and partnership and also with my daughters, we learned so much," Rodriguez told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday. Rodriguez and his girls lived together as a blended family with Lopez, 52, and her 13-year-old twins, daughter Emme Maribel and son Maximilian David, whom she shares with ex-husband Marc Anthony, 52. Jennifer Lopez Deletes Instagram Photos with Alex Rodriguez After Exes Ended Engagement in April Rodriguez added to ET that he and his daughters now "have the opportunity to take that and move forward and say, 'You know what? We're so grateful for the last five years, how do we make the next five years better because of lessons learned?'" For more on Alex Rodriguez and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. "So I'm in a great place," he said. "I'm so grateful for where God and and the light has really put me, and I'm really looking forward. Mostly to see how my girls keep developing." The interview comes after fans noticed that Lopez deleted most photos of Rodriguez from her Instagram, in addition to unfollowing him. She kept the family photos up that featured Rodriguez and his daughters. Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The exes officially called off their engagement in April, telling PEOPLE in a statement that they're "better as friends and look forward to remaining so." The couple began dating in 2017, and they announced their engagement in March 2019. "Jennifer and Alex are figuring out how to be exes and still remain friends," a source told PEOPLE in April, adding that the kids "are okay" amid the breakup. "They want to be as considerate of them as possible. Jennifer has been such a big part of Alex's daughters' lives, and she will continue to be a big part. She loves his girls. Their split is trickier because of the kids." Alex Rodriguez 'So Grateful' as He Celebrates Birthday in St. Tropez at Same Time as Ex Jennifer Lopez Rodriguez celebrated his birthday in St. Tropez last month, expressing his gratitude in a celebratory birthday post. "I'm feeling so grateful today, not just for celebrating my big day with my incredible friends and family on this magical trip, but for all of the well-wishes, love and support from everyone," The Corp podcast host wrote on Instagram. "I couldn't ask for anything more. #ThankYouAll. Here's to a healthy, happy and meaningful 365 days for us all! #46 #AgeIsJustANumber," he added. At the time, he also shared a birthday tribute from Ella on his Instagram Story. "Happy bday daddy," Ella wrote, sharing a photo of the father-daughter duo in an embrace.