Thursday, August 11 2022

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck resumed their relationship seemingly where they left off in 2004. The two started dating again in April 2021 and got engaged (for the second time) a year later. In a slightly awkward but nonetheless sweet development, it turns out that JLo’s ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez still looks back on her relationship with the entertainer with relative tenderness amid her renewed romance.

The MLB legend and triple threat superstar were previously on their own path to marital bliss. But after four years of dating, two of which they spent engaged, they called things off in March 2021. The Martha Stewart Podcast recently, A-Rod was asked by the namesake host about what the relationship was like for him. And he responded with nothing but kind words, saying:

We had a great time. Most importantly, we always put children first in everything we do. …Here’s what I’m going to tell you about Jennifer, and I was telling some of my colleagues here the other day, that she’s the most talented human being I’ve ever known, the hardest worker . And I think she’s the greatest performer, live performer, in the world today that’s alive.

JLo is arguably doing the same about her iconic status and hard work in her new documentary half time (streaming now for Netflix subscribers). It primarily focuses on preparing for her performance at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show alongside co-headliner Shakira, but also addressed her struggles with being accepted and taken seriously in the entertainment industry in more wide.

Oddly enough, despite being deeply committed to his engagement to her at the time the documentary was filmed, A-Rod was nowhere to be found in the footage. (Although there are indications that he was definitely there for the show’s halftime prep on his YouTube channel.) Someone who was actually featured was Ben Affleck, who asked his pop star fiancée if fame “bothered” her. Supposedly, the ESPN broadcaster wasn’t too salty about the snub but, if we read between the privileges correctly, he might have just thrown a tiny bit of shade at himself. Because he added to Martha Stewart that he had “never been healthier, happier and more grateful” in his life.

The end of the relationship between JLo and A-Rod would have been quite dramatic. At the Season 7 reunion of Southern charm, a reality series on Bravo, the Minnesota Timberwolves co-owner has been accused of having an affair with Madison LeCroy, one of its stars. LeCroy, claimed they only spoke on the phone, but Rodriguez adamantly denied anything happened. In the weeks that followed, rumors of breakups and crying children abounded until the once-beloved couple went their separate ways for good.

The Hustlers The actress was then seen with her ex-fiancé Ben Affleck. The 49-year-old eventually offered JLo a soapy tub — obviously, she said yes. And they might just be ringing wedding bells sooner rather than later, according to some reports.

It’s only been in the works for over 16 years, after all. Meanwhile, A-Rod is rumored to be dating 24-year-old influencer Kathryne Padgett. When Martha Stewart casually pressed him for deets, the World Series champion kept things relatively closer to the vest, saying he was currently focused on family and business.

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