For real this time: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez announce breakup

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez told the 'Today' show Thursday, April 15,2021, in a joint statement that they are calling off their two-year engagement. Photo: AP

Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and former New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez have decided to part ways.

The two stars confirmed this in a joint statement to the media.

"We have realised 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," the statement read.

Last month, it was reported by media worldwide that the pair – who got engaged in 2019 – had called it quits. However, the couple issued a statement rubbishing the breakup stories.

"All the reports are inaccurate. We are working through some things, ” Lopez and Rodriguez said in a joint statement provided to Reuters on March 13.

In February, Rodriguez, 45, made headlines when it was hinted he had an affair with reality show, Southern Charm's Madison LeCroy.

LeCroy said that she and Rodriguez only spoke on the phone. She told The New York Post's Page Six that Rodriguez has "never physically cheated on his fiance with me," and they spoke "randomly, but not consistent".

In December 2020, Lopez revealed that she and Rodriguez had postponed their nuptials twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We had to cancel the wedding because of Covid because of the quarantine. And we actually did it twice, which people don't know," the 51-year-old singer said.

Recently, Lopez revealed that she and Rodriguez attended couple therapies together during the quarantine.

“It has been actually really good. We got to work on ourselves. We did therapy. I think it was really helpful for us in our relationship,” she told Allure magazine in its March issue.

Lopez has been married three times – Ojani Noa, 1997 to 1998; Cris Judd, 2001 to 2003; and Marc Anthony, 2004 to 2014, while Rodriguez was married to Cynthia Scurtis in 2002 for six years. Both stars have two children each from their previous marriages.

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