When Alex Rodriguez first started dating Jennifer Lopez, a long-standing friend told him: "Whatever you do, you can't touch her around."
The long-standing A-Rod friend explained the post, "I said," This lady is like American royal. Whatever happens, you can't treat her badly. If you divide for some reason, she must be the one to dump your ass! "There is a lot of pressure to date Jennifer Lopez! But they both fell in love."
After two years, the one-time Yankees slugger has now made it official and proposed last weekend with a dizzying $ 1.8 million diamond ring.
Rodriguez came down on a knee in Baker's Bay, an ultra exclusive island in the Bahamas – the same place where the couple first vacationed together – while Lopez broke in tears.
According to friends, Rodriguez, 43, none of his plans to propose, seeks the perfect ring for several months and deals with a jewelry designer abroad secretly.
The couple, who often speak Spanish to each other, are said to be a real team.
"They are so respectful of each other," said one source who worked with Rodriguez. "When Alex works for ESPN [calling baseball games]Jennifer goes … and sits quietly in the booth because she likes to see him. They have that kind of relationship. Likewise, when she made her [concert residency] in Vegas, he would fly in "He was on almost all shows. The level of support is unbelievable." Just hours after their proposal, the couple were hit by ex-Yankee José Canseco's accusations that Rodriguez cheated on Lopez with former King Jessica.
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" When you become engaged and that night, you have some lunatic who tweets that shit, it must be hard to handle, "said a Rodriguez insider." But Alex and Jennifer are strong enough to understand who they are. People have tried to knock them down, but you can't fake love. "
Although the couple had met each other shortly many years ago, Lopez has said that the timing was just right when they started dancing in early 2017. " Both fully admit that if they had [gotten together] 10 years ago, it just wouldn't have worked, "said the long-standing A-Rod friend." They were just different people since then. "(At that time, Lopez was still married to his third husband and father for her twins, singer Marc Anthony, Rodriguez was still with his former wife, Cynthia Scurtis, with whom he shares two daughters.)
When they joined, it was a clear change in the pace of Rodriguez, who has dated a lot of Independent women – typically around their own age or older – before Madonna, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz and tech executive Anne Wojcicki. "Alex has always had great, very well-known girlfriends," said a friend of the couple. one of the guys who should be the alpha – he won't be me st famous guy in the room. "
But the athlete who loves to talk to fans on Manhattan streets never had to deal with a safety detail before joining Lopez, 49.
" Jennifer always has security, regardless where she goes – she must, "said the couple's friend. "Maybe she is far more famous than Alex. If you lost him in the middle of London, people wouldn't really know him! They know him now to be with Jennifer."
At Grammy's red carpet in February Rodriguez was discovered to snap photos of Lopez. A few weeks later, he let her have the candle at the Oscars – to the point that she had to call him back to stand up for photographers after he had walked away.
"He often wives that people think he is Jennifer's safety and trying to get him out of the picture! He says & # 39; I'm just the guy who holds the bag! & # 39; "said the couple's friend. "But they compliment each other so well."
Lopez revealed how she was the one who made a move when she hit Rodriguez in Beverly Hills in 2016.
"I almost shouted" Alex "but I'm the most modest person when it comes to things like that, "she told Vanity Fair.
Singer and actress overcame her nerves, hit him on the shoulder and said, "Hey." Rodriguez called her later this afternoon and they made a date for dinner. Still, he wasn't quite sure if it was a date or just a friendly meeting.
"Perhaps we saw each other at night because of her work plan," he told Vanity Fair of his thoughts. "I was worried and didn't know her situation."
During dinner, "He was nervous and it was really sweet." Lopez recalled to VF.
It was only after Lopez suggested she was single that Rodriguez made his move: apologizing for a trip to the toilet and sending her a text about how sexy she looked.
In August 2017, it was clear that the couple played to keep. Participants at the billionaire Ron Perelmans annual summer base, Apollo in the Hamptons, told Posten how the newly anointed J-Rod freed himself from the other A-list guests.
J.Lo romance comes at an interesting time of reinvention for Rodriguez.
While playing with the Yanks for 12 years, he was considered a great – but also so worried and of course. The incipient and three-hour US League MVP was suspended for the 2014 season to violate Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Rodriguez said he used the drugs to cope with chronic back pain and out of a desire to increase his batting statistics and expressed regret.
"How stupid can you be?" he admitted to "Undeniable" interviewer Joe Buck. "This thing cost me over $ 40 million. And it cost me my reputation and it may have cost me the Hall of Fame and a number of other things."
According to A-Rod's long-standing friend, "Alex has been on a roller coaster which most people have been on. He has been as down as you can and he fought back – it was a fight. Most people don't know how down he really was [during his suspension from MLB]. 19659002] "Alex has taken his fair share of the press in the press," added the long-standing friend, but thanks to a new career at ESPN and Fox – as well as the way romance with Lopez seems to have eased him up – "in the past two years people have looked at him differently. "Meanwhile, the world has long been obsessed with Lopez's love life, goes back to one of the first portmanteau relationships – Bennifer, her tabloid romance with actor Ben Affleck from 2002-2004 – as well her high-profile marriage to Anthony less than six months later split from affleck (Jennifer and Marc divorced in 2014.)
Before that, she was married to backup dancer Cris Judd from 2001 to 2003. A decade later, Judd told us weekly: "I cannot give you the answer as to why her relationship doesn't work. think [the issue is that it is] work. [The question is,] whether you want to work on it or not. "
But sources say Lopez is determined to put the work into her relationship with Rodriguez. One of the easiest parts of it so far has mixed their two families: his daughters Ella, 10 and Natasha, 14, and her 11-year-old twins Max and Emme.
"I was so loving to his children and he was so loving and accepting of mine, and they immediately embraced each other," Lopez People told. "[It was] & # 39; I'm getting a new bonus brother and sisters hanging out with all the time, and that's great. & # 39;"
In fact, the couples were their friends pushing the proposal.
Insiders add that there are no plans yet when or where the wedding will take place, but that there should probably be a serious reorientation of the busy duos schedules.
In addition to Rodriguez's broadcast career, Lopez is working on "100 projects as usual," said the couple's friend, including the lead in and producing the NBC show "Dance of the World".
There are no hard feelings about one or the other too busy. So the couple's girlfriend, "They both understand their worlds."
Or as the old Rodriguez friend says, "He's met his fight."