Jennifer Lopez Is Basically The Queen Of The Amicable Breakup

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  • Jennifer Lopez and ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez have broken off their engagement.

  • The singer and actress has been married three times and has broken off an previous engagement, too.

  • J.Lo has been married to Marc Anthony, the father of her twins Max and Emme, Chris Judd, and Ojani Noa.

After weeks of speculation, it’s official: J-Rod is no more.

On Thursday, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez said in a joint statement to TODAY that they’ve broken up. "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so," the statement reads. "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."

The official word comes after multiple reports that Jennifer, 51, and Alex, 45, had broken off their engagement on March 12. The next day, on March 13, the then-couple said in a statement to CNN that they were still together and were "working through some things."

A source also told People that the "In The Morning" singer has been mulling over ending her engagement to the former MLB player for the last six months.

RIP J-Rod. Here's a look back at J.Lo's relationships—most of which, btw, ended amicably—and what she said she learned from them.

Alex Rodriguez

Before all this **gestures broadly**, J-Rod not only seemed like the ultimate power couple—but each other's biggest cheerleaders. On March 10, 2019, the couple announced their engagement news on Instagram, posting a photo of J.Lo's ring along with a string of heart emojis.

Alex gushed about his fiancé’s Super Bowl performance in February 2020—and more recently, posed in a sheet mask for the launch of J.Lo Beauty.

And just this past Valentine's Day, J.Lo shared on Instagram that February was the couple’s "special month" (it’s when they met and she learned that A-Rod has a "wickedly funny sense of humor").

The couple originally planned to get married in Italy during summer 2020—but the pandemic had other plans. The couple had pushed back their wedding date twice before calling it off.

"We had planned what we really, really wanted to do," Jennifer said in an interview for Elle’s February 2021 issue. "I don’t know if we’ll be able to recreate that. We canceled it and since then, we haven’t really talked about it."

At the time, J.Lo also said that "there’s no rush" and that the couple wants "to do it right when we can do it." She added, "We just have to wait to see where the world lands."

News of their breakup began when Page Six reported J.Lo and A-Rod had ended their engagement.

Miami sources told the publication that the former fiancés were on the rocks before calling off their wedding (originally postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic). A source familiar with A-Rod said, "He’s now in Miami getting ready for baseball season, and she’s filming her movie in the Dominican Republic."

Multiple sources also confirmed the split to People, with a source saying, "This has been a long time coming."

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The rough patch appears to have occurred a few months after rumors that Alex had cheated on Jennifer with Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy, but it's unclear if that had anything to do with the "issues they hope they can work through" as a couple.

Last month, sources close to the former baseball play told The New York Post that "he doesn’t know this woman." Meanwhile, Madison told Page Six that she and A-Rod have "never met up," but that they’d "spoken on the phone." She added that they’ve "never been physical…never had any kind of anything. Just an acquaintance."

A source told People in March that the couple was putting in the work to stay together. A-Rod reportedly flew to the Dominican Republic where J.Lo is filming her upcoming romantic comedy, Shotgun Wedding, to work things out. "Jennifer was excited to see him in person," the source said. "They want to spend time in person to figure out their life together."

But recent events have took a toll on their relationship. "The past few days were upsetting and stressful," the source said in March. "She and Alex have a lot of issues they hope they can work through, but they both seem willing to do whatever it takes to stay together."

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. J-Lo and A-Rod shared in a joint statement to TODAY on Thursday that they had ended their engagement. "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” the statement reads. The former couple said that they will “continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects.” And that they “wish the best for each other and one another’s children."

Drake

In late 2016, J.Lo was rumored to be dating the "In My Feelings" hitmaker. She denied the rumors on Ellen in February 2017, saying the duo just worked on a song together and that the photos published on Instagram just showed them "hanging out." (Whatever you say, J.)

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Marc Anthony

J.Lo was married to Marc Anthony for seven years, until the couple split in 2011. They have two children together, Maximilian and Emme. Obvs, it ultimately didn't work out, but she told Sunday TODAY that he was always supportive of her career. "While I was married to Marc, he really helped me with my confidence, and he saw where I suffered," she said, adding that Marc often told her she was "a great singer" and encouraged her not to let anyone make her think otherwise.

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Ben Affleck

J.Lo and actor Ben Affleck hit it off on the set of Gigli in 2002, and the pair became engaged less than a year later. The couple affectionately called "Bennifer" called off the wedding in 2004. Still, Ben told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 that they still keep in touch. "We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice," he said. "But we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an e-mail saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great.' I remember when she got American Idol. I said: 'This was really smart. Good luck.'"

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Photo credit: Chris Weeks - Getty Images

Cris Judd

J.Lo's second husband was dancer and choreographer Cris Judd, to whom she was married for just nine months from 2001 to 2002. They met on the set of her music video, "Love Don't Cost a Thing," which Judd directed. It was love at first sight... for him, at least. "So, when Jennifer walks in, I shake her hand and we kinda look at each other—and in my head, I’m like, 'Oh my God, I’m going to marry this woman,'" Judd told Oprah on an episode of "Where Are They Now?" Ultimately, stress from the paparazzi strained their relationship.

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Puff Daddy

Jenny from the Block dated fellow music artist Puffy Daddy/Sean John Combs (now known as Diddy) from 1999 to 2001. They began dating around the release of J.Lo's debut album On The 6 and–get this—once got arrested together. Their relationship was reportedly turbulent and full of infidelity, which eventually led to their breakup. "I was in this relationship with Puff where I was totally crying, crazy and going nuts, it really took my whole life in a tailspin," J.Lo told Vibe in 2003. "I never caught him [cheating] but I just knew. He’d say he was going to a club for a couple of hours and then never come back that night." Ouch.

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Ojani Noa

J.Lo connected with her first husband, Ojani Noa, an aspiring performer, when he was a waiter at a Miami restaurant in the late '90s. Not much is known about their relationship since they divorced in January 1998 after 11 months of marriage.

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