Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship all began with a easy but life-changing faucet on the shoulder. Of their joint cowl story for the December 2017 challenge of Vanity Fair, J.Lo and A-Rod (aka J-Rod) shared the story of how they struck up a romance greater than a decade after their first assembly.
“It was simply a type of issues the place you’re feeling compelled to do one thing you would not usually do,” Lopez stated of her approaching Rodriguez whereas they had been lunching on the identical restaurant in Beverly Hills final winter. “I virtually yelled out ‘Alex,’ however I’m the shyest particular person in relation to issues like that,” she stated. “I may actually simply have walked away, however I stroll over and faucet him on the shoulder and say ‘Hey.'” Lopez stated that she was dressed “like a boy,” in character as NYPD Detective Harlee Santos for her present Shades of Blue, however Rodriguez took one have a look at her and stated, “You look so stunning.”
Hours after their likelihood assembly, Rodriguez referred to as Lopez and invited her to dinner. Once they met up a couple of days later on the Resort Bel Air, she requested if he remembered the time that they had met on the sphere at a New York Mets recreation 12 years earlier than. Although she advised him, “You do not have to say you keep in mind should you do not,” he replied, “Shea Stadium, throughout a subway sequence.”
“He was sitting there in his white shirt, very assured and manly, however then he was simply so talkative!” Lopez stated. “I feel he thought I used to be going to be this loud particular person, however I am not. I simply hear. So he is speaking, speaking about his plans, about how he had simply retired from baseball, about how he noticed himself getting married once more, all these belongings you would not usually discuss on a primary date.” She continued, “I do not know if he thought it was a date. I assumed it was a date. Then I knew he was nervous as a result of he requested me if I wished a drink. I stated, ‘No, I do not drink,’ and he requested if I minded if he had one. He was nervous, and it was actually cute.”
Rodriguez confirmed that he was, certainly, nervous—however largely as a result of he wasn’t certain about her relationship status. “I did not know if it was a date,” he stated. “Possibly we had been seeing one another at night time due to her work schedule. I went in uneasy, not figuring out her state of affairs.” Fortunately, he stated, “She advised me across the third or fourth inning that she was single. I needed to rise up and go re-adjust my ideas. I went to the toilet and acquired sufficient braveness to ship her a textual content.” The textual content, they reveal, stated, “You look attractive AF.”
Simply as issues had been heating up, nonetheless, the restaurant actually began heating up. “It took a flip. The fireplace alarm went off, and we needed to evacuate,” Lopez stated. “No, actually. The fireplace alarm went off!” Regardless of the interruption, the primary date went nicely, and the duo have been going robust ever since: They made their red carpet debut on the Met Gala in Might, co-hosted a telethon to benefit Puerto Rico earlier this month, and are actually reportedly house-hunting collectively.
J-Rod opened up about their relationship to VF even additional. “We’re very a lot twins,” A-Rod, 42, stated. “We’re each Leos; we’re each from New York; we’re each Latino and about 20 different issues.” J.Lo, 48, echoed, “I perceive him in a manner that I do not suppose anybody else may, and he understands me in a manner that nobody else may ever.” She defined: “In his 20s, he got here into large success with the most important baseball contract [at the time]. I had a No. 1 film and a No. 1 album and made historical past. We each had ups and downs and challenges in our 30s, and by our 40s we might each been by way of a lot. And extra importantly than something, we had each carried out numerous work on ourselves.”