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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez: Their Relationship and Breakup

  • April 15, 2021

Over the last year, as the city endured a time of trial, the couple’s connections to it grew closer. Though they, like so many New Yorkers of their echelon, hunkered down in Florida when lockdowns began, Ms. Lopez and Mr. Rodriguez gave the keynote address at last year’s citywide graduation. She came to Times Square on New Year’s Eve to bid farewell to 2020.

Together, the two of them tried to buy the Mets, a power play endorsed by New York City’s mayor. (That they lost the bidding war may be good news for baseball fans, who have suffered enough problems and will be spared a messy breakup.)

To hear this couple tell it, it was a love born under the auspicious New York City lights. When they first met at a baseball game at Shea Stadium in 2005, the chemistry was apparently instant. As Ms. Lopez told Sports Illustrated in 2019: “It was this weird electricity for, like, three seconds.”

The moment passed. At the time, they were both married to others. Mr. Rodriguez and his wife, Cynthia Scurtis, were new parents, with a 6-month-old daughter. Ms. Lopez had only tied the knot a year earlier with the singer Marc Anthony, who had taken her out to the ballgame.

The years went by, and their lives hit peaks and valleys. They both had children. Their marriages crumbled in the public eye. They both kept raking in millions. Mr. Rodriguez won a World Series ring and a collection of baseball accolades; he also faced a long suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Time took a toll. After 22 seasons, he retired in 2016.

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