By Kenzie Bryant. Photos: Getty Images.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship is no longer rumor, but knowable fact thanks to some citizen journalist on Bahamian boat docks who spotted the two together under the cloak of night. Their romance had existed in a sort of tabloid-reported hypothetical before this weekend, but here, in the photos, is a relationship grounded in pixelated reality. Here is a relationship solidified at the Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club in the Abaco Islands. Here are two people who have achieved success in their respective fields—two New Yorkers, two parents—undeniably together on the back bench of a speedboat.
Prior to now, there were clues, like all the anonymous little birds speaking to various outlets. “Jennifer and Alex are both not looking for a relationship, just a good lighthearted time,” one told E! News. “Alex went to [her “All I Have” Planet Hollywood show in Vegas] a couple of weeks ago, with his friends, and he was blown away,” another told [Page Six](http://pagesix.com/2017/03/09/how-j-lo-and-a-rods-romance-blossomed/).
There was an Instagram like, which may not seem like much, but if you were listening closely, it was screaming that two of New York’s finest exports had developed their relationship from the “occasional dinner” stage into the “engages with one another on Instagram” stage. It was enough for portmanteau writers to finalize their names of choice. J-Rod. A.Lo. Jalex Ropez.
Then there was the old post-and-delete—a classic maneuver—spurred by excitement over a new thing and maybe some chilled pinot grigio. Lopez posted a video to Instagram stories of their canoodling before thinking better of it and deleting it. Her fans did not miss it, though. Screenshots abound.
It’s possible that the two are a long way from public dinners and red carpets, but maybe we’re not so far from a sanctioned selfie together, a small bone thrown to a hungry fandom. It’s too soon to tell how far it’ll all go, but no matter what happens, they’ll always have the Bahamas.
Vanity Fair has reached out to representatives for Lopez and Rodriguez for comment.
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