Couple FINALLY confirm they're ending four-year romance saying they're 'better as friends' after weeks of brushing off 'inaccurate' rumors and infidelity claims. Read more below!
After weeks of blasting rumors of a break-up, branding infidelity claims 'inaccurate' and putting on sickly displays of affection, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have confirmed they have ended their engagement.
Despite their lengthy protestations, the couple finally released a statement announcing the news, as they told Today: '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'.
Last month, insiders claimed the singer, 51, who was seen without her ring last week, and former Yankees player, 45, ended their two-year engagement after suffering issues for some time including being dogged by rumours of Alex's 'friendship' with reality star Madison LeCroy, 30.
In a statement, Jennifer and Alex said the split claims were 'inaccurate' and they are 'working through some things' shortly before the defiant couple packed on the PDA for cameras during a family trip when they were spotted kissing in the Dominican Republic and claimed to be 'working through things'.
'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'
The couple, who became engaged in March 2019, began dating in 2017 with Jennifer's twins Emme and Max, 13, who she shares with ex Marc Anthony, growing close to Rodriguez's two daughters, Natasha, 14, and ten-year-old Ella, whom he shares with ex-wife Cynthia Rodriguez.
Hours before the split was announced, Alex took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a video in which he reflected on the many happy times he and the singer had shared together.
Last month, Page Six reported Rodriguez's alleged 'friendship' with reality star Madison was a factor in the split while other sources close to the couple said the break-up was 'a long time coming'.
A source told the publication: 'The Madison LeCroy scandal was the reason they finally broke up. There were already problems, but Jennifer was really embarrassed by it', while in February, there appeared to be issues with the power couple after Madison claimed she spoke with Rodriguez over the phone.
The explosive allegations had originally occurred during a recent Southern Charm reunion, where Madison claimed she had been in contact with a married and ex-MLB player. The name had been bleeped out.
During the episode, Madison was also accused of sleeping with the unidentified sports star but she denied ever seeing the man in person, although she did admit to DM-ing him.
Later, Madison revealed in an interview with Page Six she had been in 'innocent' communication with Rodriguez but that they had 'never met up' and only 'spoken on the phone'.
'That's the truth,' the reality star claimed, clarifying they had 'never been physical… never had any kind of anything. Just an acquaintance.'
Madison also insisted that Rodriguez had 'never physically cheated' on Jennifer with her and that their phone calls had been 'inconsistent' and 'random'. The reality star would not reveal what was discussed.
The Southern Charm star's co-star Shep Rose later claimed 'there was an NDA signed', suggesting some damage control may have been done following their alleged communication.
Rumors spread within Madison's inner circle because she 'told the wrong person' about who she had been in contact with. 'All this stuff was a year ago [but] it's being aired now,' she explained.
However, a source with knowledge of the situation previously told:
'Alex has never met or spoken to Madison or anyone from the show.'
They bumped into each other at a restaurant where she said 'hello' and he asked her out.
He gushed about Jennifer while on The View; soon after they were seen in NYC arm in arm.
They were also seen in Miami as they went on a date and enjoyed meals together.
She takes the athlete to the Met Gala in NYC as she looks incredible in a blue sheer dress.
They share an image in a swimming pool with his two daughters and her twins Max and Emme. That same month they visit Paris.
They look happy in Miami together as they seem to spend every day by each other's side.
They are seen in the Hamptons together; she spends more time in NYC to film Shades Of Blue.
They are seen on stage together for One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief in Los Angeles, California. They also pose together for Vanity Fair.
They attend the event benefiting the Primary Health Centers of Puerto Rico and then the Guess Spring Campaign launch in Los Angeles.
Rodriguez and Lopez hit the red carpet for the Time 100 Gala at Lincoln Center in New York.
They hit the Met Gala for the second time.
They do a Today show appearance together with her mom as well as Kathy Lee Gifford.
They attend the 2018 American Music Awards where they pose with Bebe Rexha.
He helps her as she promotes her movie Second Act.
They attend the Grammys together and share cute posts on Valentine's Day. They also go to the Oscars together then the Vanity Fair bash.
He proposed with a massive diamond ring while in the Bahamas. Even the Obamas congratulate the couple on their engagement.
Another Met Gala; she wears a beaded cap.
Lopez and Rodriguez are seen arriving to the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 3, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
They have a big engagement party. 'We really form a beautiful blended family and I think they would all be thrilled,' she told Extra.
In an interview with People magazine, Lopez shared that having more time at home with her fiancé and their children has been the ultimate 'blessing' throughout quarantining amid the coronavirus pandemic.
'Because Alex and I have both separately and now together lived a gypsy-type life, as both of our careers require tons of travel.
'The blessing of the quarantine for us was having dinner with the kids every night, for months and months,' Lopez told the outlet.
'That's been a huge blessing for us during this time.'
Alex is by Jennifer's side when she sings at Joe Biden's inauguration in Washington, DC.
Southern Charm's Danni Baird alleged on the Reality Life With Kate Casey podcast that fellow cast member Madison LeCroy copped to FaceTiming with Rodriguez. But they are still seen in late February kissing in the Dominican Republic.
They officially confirm their split