The romance of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez practically seems predestined. Both are native New Yorkers - she's from the Bronx; he's from Washington Heights. Each is a certifiable superstar in their field - she's a multihyphenate singer/dancer/actress/businesswoman; he's one of the most famous shortstops/third basemen of all time. They even had a few chance, pre-relationship meetings that, in retrospect, make it seem as if the universe has been pushing them together for decades.
Neither Lopez nor Rodriguez are strangers to high-profile romance. J. Lo has had many tabloid-ready relationships, including attachments to Sean "Diddy" Combs, Marc Anthony, and Ben Affleck. A. Rod was previously married to Cynthia Scurtis, with whom he has two children. He was rumored to have been involved with Madonna, though both have denied the allegations.
Take a look at the series of events that led to the Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez engagement.
May 1, 2017: They Make It Official With Their First Appearance As A Couple
As they set out to attend the Met Gala together in May 2017, Lopez and Rodriguez made their relationship Instagram-official by posting photos together on the way to the event. On a post on the singer's Instagram account, Lopez wrote, "Me and my macho bello…"
On Rodriguez's account, the ballplayer wrote, "We're ready for the #MetGala2017," under a photo of the beaming couple.
July 23, 2017: They Celebrate Their Birthdays With A Joint Party
Lopez's birthday is July 24, and Rodriguez's is July 27, so they threw a joint birthday party on July 23, 2017. This came just a few days after the couple took a trip to Paris. The bash was held in Miami and featured his-and-hers multi-tiered birthday cakes, Swarovski crystal nameplates, and white and gold decorations.
Under a photo of the two at the party, Lopez wrote on Instagram: "In a crowded room but it's just the two of you…"
October 2017: They Reportedly Move In Together
People reported that Lopez and Rodriguez were buying a home together in October 2017. Lopez listed her New York City home for $27 million, and she and Rodriguez began "looking for an apartment together for the whole family."
According to an inside source, "They are starting to make more financial decisions together. It’s nice for Jennifer to be with a man who has his own money and spends it wisely."
November-December, 2017: They Spend Their First Holiday Season Together
On Thanksgiving 2017, both stars sent good wishes to their fans, with Rodriguez posting a photo of himself and Lopez spending the holiday at a farm. The following month, they each posted Christmas greetings on Instagram.