The former baseball-star-turned-entrepreneur opens up about his strong bond with his future superstar wife
Alex Rodriguez’s surprise proposal to Jennifer Lopez was a homerun. The baseball legend, 43, surprised the global superstar, 49 with a 16-carat diamond ring on March 9, during a romantic Bahamas beach getaway. And the duo opened up about their relationship bliss in an exclusive interview in this week’s PEOPLE.
“We’re really happy,” Lopez tells PEOPLE. For Rodriguez, popping the question was the next step in a romance that has blossomed over the past two years: “We have an appreciation for where we are in our lives today, and that’s what we’re enjoying the most.”
“We’re in similar places in our life,” the former Yankees All-Star adds, explaining that “being born in New York, having Hispanic backgrounds, having two kids and being in the public eye for almost three decades,” has made their bond solid.
The couple finds the most joy in spending time with their blended family, which includes Rodriguez’s daughters Natasha, 14, and Ella, 10 (with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis) and Lopez’s 11-year-old twins Max and Emme (with ex-husband Marc Anthony).
It helps that both Rodriguez and Lopez—this will be her fourth marriage and his second— understand how to navigate life in the spotlight. “[We’ve] had some ups and downs,” he says. “But we are not defined by our mistakes and we get back to what matters.”
- For more on Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s romantic engagement and stylish new project, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE on newsstands everywhere Friday.
And while planning a wedding is hard enough for most couples, J-Rod is trying to squeeze it in while managing two very high-profile careers.