Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s breakup tabloid battle: a complete timeline


Just five months ago, Jennifer Lopez inserted a line from his own song in the national anthem and pouted on the steps of the Washington Capitol in a glittering all-white ensemble, her arms draped over her then-fiancé, Alex Rodriguez. It was the dawn of the Biden era. The world was full of possibilities. How young we were.

But it turns out the photo was taken somewhere during J-Rod’s last gasps, a two-year engagement between a pop singer and a baseball star that ended in April after a series of separation rumors. denied. And now we find ourselves deep in the trenches of a divorce-free divorce battle for tabloid supremacy, each victory at the cost of a grainy paparazzi photo taken from inside a van, presumably. Here is a suitably chaotic timeline.

March 12, 2021: Page 6 declared J-Rod “No More”, referring to a rumored FaceTime A-Rod call made in January with Madison LeCroy, the star of a show called “Southern Charm.” This woman claimed to have spoken to Rodriguez on the phone, while Rodriguez’s alleged source said: “He does not know this woman.” Absolutely no follow-up question.

March 13, 2021: The two parts announce via TMZ that they are only “working on certain things”.

April 5, 2021: Ben Affleck, J.Lo’s partner in the infamy of early childhood mega-romance, provides a particularly complimentary quote on J.Lo’s work ethic for his InStyle cover story, in which Rodriguez is obviously not mentioned. (If you thought they were only looking for coworkers, try: her ex-husband and sentient Black Drakkar bottle Marc Anthony is also quoted.) Turns out, that’s how celebrities under-tweet.

April 15, 2021: Having found the right vehicle to announce their breakup, J. Rod issues a joint statement to Today (decidedly more famous) claiming that they have come to the conclusion that they are “better as friends”. And now the game is on.

April 30, 2021: It is revealed that J.Lo and Ben Affleck have reunited for a romantic cabin getaway. Sixth page first got wind of their daytime antics via J.Lo’s white SUV, which is seen dropping Affleck off at various locations in Hollywood Dunkin Donuts. Alright, alright, that just dropped him off at J.Lo’s mansion. He also saw coming out of his other house without a mansion, surprisingly not juggle iced coffees.

May 10, 2021: J Lo and Affleck are photographed back of a “romantic getaway” wearing what looks like an authentic Bostonian costume. While we have neither the time nor the stamina to dissect the previous relation, let’s just say that the SUV spotting took place about four months after the infamous life-size cardboard cut-out dumpster incident and a week later his brave attempt to use Raya.

May 23, 2021: The following weeks bring a flurry of new relationship bait from Bennifer. Affleck, who is familiar with TMZ’s news cycle and the importance of investigative journalism, begins to slyly slip on a watch he wore early in their relationship while visiting J.Lo in Miami. He accompanied J.Lo and his signature Starbucks Cup at the gym.

May 23, 2021: A-Rod, meanwhile, plays the game slow, strategically releasing Extreme Divorced Energy at frequent intervals. He states on his Instagram story that “new levels are being unlocked” for him “mentally, physically and spiritually”. Maybe he will start reading Goop.

May 25, 2021: A-Rod continues the approach of “refocusing on myself”, Meet with a few executives from the NBA team he just bought out to subtly remind everyone that he owns an NBA team. He is, for all intents and purposes, a newly released man, free to concentrate on his work, and also to socialize with the Governor of Florida (fair the right amount of toxic).




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