Why Jennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez Have Officially Split For Good

J-Rod is officially over.

The news comes about one month after the couple assured fans they were going strong following reports that their relationship was on the rocks. "We are working through some things," the duo declared to People on March 13, 2021. A source told the publication that they "never officially broke up," but spoke about it. "They hit a rough patch. But were not broken up," the source explained.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez began dating in 2017 and announced their engagement in 2019. They were never shy about showing their love for each other, often taking to social media to post about their extravagant lives together and divulging details about their romance in interviews. In 2018, Lopez told Today that Rodriguez offered her an "unconditional love" that she has never received. "He's brought something to my life that I've never had before, which is an unconditional support and love, kind of a matching of twin souls," she gushed. "That's a different thing for me — now I know what it's like to be with me. He works as much as I do, he's kind of as driven as I am." In January 2021, Rodriguez penned a touching tribute to his fiancé following her Inauguration Day performance, saying he felt "proud" and "privileged" to be there with her.

So, what has happened since then? Keep scrolling to learn why Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially split for good.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez no longer felt the romance

It seems that Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez still have lots of love for each other, but not in a romantic way. "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects," the couple said in a joint statement to Today on April 15, 2021. "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," they continued.

Lopez is mother to twins Max and Emme, while Rodriguez is father to daughters Natasha and Ella. The family seemingly blended well, considering Rodriguez's kids gushed over "stepsister" Emme's performance at the Super Bowl in February 2020 in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

While the breakup news is shocking, there were some signs that the relationship was nearing its end. Rodriguez was subject to cheating rumors in early 2021 after Southern Charm cast member Craig Conover alluded that Rodriguez hooked up with castmate Madison LeCroy. Plus, Lopez didn't seem too concerned about walking down the aisle after their wedding was postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. "There's definitely no rush," she told Andy Cohen on his radio show in December 2020.

Now, the couple is free to go their separate ways without the headache of a divorce.