Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially called it quits, much to the dismay of their legions of motley fans around the world – a long-time fan of JLo and my dad, a long-time fan of baseball legend Alex Rodriguez. Their union of pop music and American baseball genuinely brought an endless array of joy to our dinner time banter, so as we enter a period of mourning, please respect my family's requests for privacy at this time.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand.
Last month, rumours started to circulate that the two had split. However, A-Rod's representative Ron Berkowitz delivered a statement from the couple to USA Today denying the the break-up rumours. "All the reports are inaccurate. We are working through some things," the statement said. Short, sweet, to the point. It seemed their relationship was doing A-OK.
BUT THEN. Five days ago, Jennifer Lopez posted this Instagram photo, taken on the set of her upcoming movie Shotgun Wedding in the Dominican Republic JLo's glaring engagement-ring-less finger sent the rumour mill into overdrive, and this morning the sad news of their break-up was finally confirmed.
In an exclusive joint statement to TODAY, Lopez and Rodriguez confirmed they have parted ways, saying they're better off as friends, but thanked people who had sent them "kind words and support." Sad!
"We have realised we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so," the statement said.
"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 to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."
Lopez and Rodriguez were last spotted together in February this year for the Super Bowl in Florida, one year after Lopez headlined the 2020 Super Bowl half-time show with Shakira.
Anyway, while I anxiously await the release of Shotgun Wedding, I'm off to cry into my pillow.