Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez Call Off Engagement

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After trying to work through their issues, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially broken up. 

The decision was announced on Thursday morning in a joint statement issued by the couple and shared with a publication. 

The statement shared:

“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. We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.” 

The breakup comes after the couple’s previous announcement that they were “working through some things.” This was the couple’s way of addressing the reports that they had ended their engagement back in March. 

Back then, a source close to the couple said that they “never officially broke up and talked about it but are still together.” The source also shares that the two have hit a rough patch but they have not decided to break up. 

Since Lopez, 51, is working in the Dominican Republic to film Shotgun Wedding, it’s tough for the couple to see each other and work through things. Rodriguez, 45, is in Miami. 

When news about the breakup first emerged in March, Rodriguez immediately flew to the Dominican Republic so he could spend time with his fiance. The two were said to be “doing everything they can to prioritize their relationship.”

A source shared that Rodriguez made a big effort to spend some time with Lopez since he wants her to be happy. When Rodriguez arrived, Lopez was “excited to see him in person.” 

After two years of dating, the couple got engaged in the Bahamas in March 2019. With the pandemic, Lopez had to postpone their wedding twice. 

In an interview with Elle, Lopez shared: “We postponed the wedding twice. We had planned what we really, really wanted to do, [but] I don’t know if we’ll be able to re-create that.” 

After canceling the wedding, the couple did not talk about it anymore. 

“There’s no rush. We want to do it right when we can do it.”