After two years of dating, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are engaged! The couple announced the news via Instagram earlier this month, with J.Lo posting a stunning shot of her emerald-cut diamond engagement ring.
The pair first met each other at a New York Yankees baseball game when Lopez was still married to Marc Anthony, her now ex-husband and the father to her children. The two met again 12 years later, turning their acquaintance into a full-blown romance.
Here, a definitive timeline of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship.
1999—Rodriguez gets Lopez’s autograph.
Rodriguez met Lopez and asked for her autograph. “#TBT to almost 20 years ago when a big time global pop superstar signed a pic for a young ball player,” he posted on Instagram. And two decades later, he still has it.
May 21, 2005—Lopez and Rodriguez meet again.
Lopez attended a Yankees game at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York with her then husband, Marc Anthony.
At the time, Lopez and Rodriguez were both married. Lopez and Anthony tied the knot in 2004 and went on to have two children, Maximillian David and Emme Maribel Muñiz. Rodriguez married his former spouse, Cynthia Scurtis, in 2002. The pair had two daughters, Natasha and Ella Rodriguez. Rodriguez divorced from Scurtis in 2008, while Lopez later divorced from Anthony in 2014.
March 8, 2017—Lopez and Rodriguez are confirmed to be dating.
A People report confirms that Lopez and Rodriguez are officially a couple: “She seems excited. He has been around her family, and she really likes that he is a dad. She is aware, though, that he is a ladies’ man too and is being cautious. For now, it’s just fun. She is single and enjoys dating.”
In April, Rodriguez appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to explain in detail how he and Lopez re-established contact. “Someone taps me on the shoulder, and I turn around and I do not recognize this person. And it’s Jennifer, but she’s dressed up as Harlee from Shades of Blue, and she’s in her jeans and her big boots. And it took me about four or five seconds. And she said, ‘It’s Jennifer! It’s Jennifer!’ I go, ‘Oh my God, Jennifer, you look beautiful.’ I was so embarrassed and then I got a little nervous, and I’m like, This is so goofy, we all know who Jennifer is and she’s everywhere. Then we basically had a small chit-chat…and she says, ‘You have my number, reach out.’ And I went home that night and reached out.“
Lopez appeared on the show later that month and said that she spotted Rodriguez while she was eating out at a restaurant for lunch. She told DeGeneres that she “was having lunch somewhere and I saw him as he passed by. Afterwards, I went outside, and for some reason I felt like tapping him on the shoulder.” After their chance encounter, Rodriguez decided to make the next move: “He texted me, said, ‘Let’s go out to dinner,’ and I said, ‘Okay.’ We had a nice dinner,” Lopez added.
April 8, 2017—Lopez posts her first couples’ picture on Instagram.
A month after the two are confirmed to be dating, Lopez posts a picture of herself watching a Yankees game in the comfort of a living room, her legs resting on what look to be Rodriguez’s.
April 23, 2017—Lopez begins posting Rodriguez on her account.
Lopez posts a clearer nod to her relationship with the baseball star, this time with a montage clip of her new beau’s most successful Yankees games.
May 1, 2017—Lopez and Rodriguez make their relationship Instagram official.
While on the way to the Met Gala, Lopez and Rodriguez take car selfies with each other and post them to their respective accounts. At the annual fashion event, the couple made their first official red carpet debut with each other.
June 19, 2017—Lopez and Rodriguez go on vacation together.
Lopez takes to Instagram to document snippets of her Paris “baecation” with Rodriguez. The couple look super happy in their pictures together.
July 23, 2017—Lopez and Rodriguez have a joint birthday party.
The couple that stays together birthdays together. Because their birthdays are so close to one another, the couple celebrates with one big birthday bash. Lopez’s birthday is on July 24, while Rodriguez’s birthday is on July 27. (They’re both Leos!)
October 18, 2017—Lopez and Rodriguez reportedly make plans to move in together.
People report that the couple are taking steps toward moving in together. “They will invest together in a new home when they find the perfect one. They are starting to make more financial decisions together,” a source says. “It’s nice for Jennifer to be with a man who has his own money and spends it wisely.”
October 21, 2017—Lopez and Rodriguez grace the cover of Vanity Fair together.
November 26, 2017—Lopez and Rodriguez spend their first Thanksgiving together.
And a month later, the couple spend their first Christmas together, surrounded by their family members.
February 14, 2018—The couple celebrates their first Valentine’s Day.
Both Rodriguez and Lopez post Snapchat videos of themselves together, using fun filters, and wish their followers a happy Valentine’s day.
Earlier that same month, Lopez opens up to Entertainment Tonight about how happy she is in her relationship. “We both are so happy about our lives right now and where we’re at professionally, as well as personally…things seem to be flowing in a really beautiful way. We both have a lot of support for each other and a lot of love for each other.”
March 15, 2018—Lopez reveals that she’s not in a rush to get married.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lopez discusses her current beliefs on marriage. (Lopez has been married three times.) “I do believe in marriage, and I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I’m not forcing anything right now,” she says. “It’s good, it’s healthy; we communicate well. We understand each other’s lives in a way that most other people couldn’t.”
May 7, 2018—Lopez and Rodriguez attend their second Met Gala.
The couple look even more stunning together for their second Met Gala appearance, with Lopez in a crystal-encrusted Balmain gown and Rodriguez in a polished black suit and tie.
July 5, 2018—Lopez and Rodriguez spark engagement rumors.
While out at the beach, Lopez and Rodriguez pose for a pic as they lounge on the sand. Fans spot a silver ring on Lopez’s engagement finger, which sparks speculation that the pair are engaged to be married, but it turns out that the ring really is just a ring.
July 24–27, 2018—They post sweet birthday tributes to each other on Instagram.
August 20, 2018—Lopez and Rodriguez attend the VMAs together.
Lopez steps out on to the VMAs pink carpet with Rodriguez on her arm.
Towards the end of the award ceremony, Lopez accepts the Video Vanguard Award, which celebrates a musician’s career and accomplishments within the music industry. While onstage, Lopez uses a good portion of her acceptance speech to thank Rodriguez: “Alex. You are like my twin soul. We are like mirror images of each other. My life is sweeter and better with you in it, because you make me realize that every day, the sky is not the limit. The universe is infinite, and so is what we can accomplish together, with love and trust and understanding. There so much more to do and to experience, and there is nobody I would rather do it with, baby. You are my macho, and I love you.”
November 22, 2018—Lopez and Rodriguez show off their blended family.
For Thanksgiving, Rodriguez takes to Instagram to share an adorable picture of his and Lopez’s children all cuddled together in bed, everyone wearing a smile. “Thankful for mornings like this with the ones I love most. I am truly blessed,” he writes in the photo’s caption.
December 12, 2018—Lopez appears on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.
During her appearance on the late-night show, Lopez discusses her Video Vanguard Award acceptance, which leads to a discussion of her relationship with Rodriguez. “He’s come into my life and really contributed in such a way. He’s so supportive, he’s so loving,” she says, a little tearfully. “He’s one of these people, he’s like, ‘Shine, be the best.’ Some people try to dull you down, try to squish you down, and he’s so not like that. And it’s just so refreshing. It’s just such a beautiful thing. He’s just a very loving, generous spirit.”
December 25, 2018—Lopez and Rodriguez spend their second Christmas together.
Lopez and Rodriguez spend the holiday with each other and their kids while wearing matching Christmas pajamas.
February 3, 2019—Lopez and Rodriguez celebrate their two-year anniversary.
The pair share loving posts about the relationship milestone on their respective accounts.
A week later, the couple attend the Grammys together, followed by the Oscars on February 24.
March 9, 2018—Lopez and Rodriguez are officially engaged.
While on their beach vacation in the Bahamas, Rodriguez asks Lopez to marry him. Naturally, the two document the engagement on Instagram, where fans are treated to gorgeous shots of the proposal and the stunning diamond ring.
According to an Us Weekly source, Lopez’s diamond ring is reported to be about 15 carats and could be worth a whopping $1.4 million dollars. “A-Rod went with a very classic emerald-cut diamond which accentuates Jennifer’s fingers with its elongated shape. The diamond looks to be around 15 carats and is colorless with the highest clarity,” says Brandon Hill of Steve Quick Jeweler. “It’s set in a simple but elegant solitaire mounting, which will look beautiful with a wedding band next to it in the future.”
After the news of the engagement drops, a source tells People, “Jennifer is ecstatic and so are their families and friends. Very few people knew Alex planned on proposing. It was very much a surprise for Jennifer. It was just how Alex wanted it.”
March 10, 2019—Rodriguez is accused of cheating on Lopez.
Just a day after the couple announce their engagement, former Yankees baseball player Jose Canseco accuses Rodriguez of cheating on Lopez with his ex-wife in a series of tweets:
Lopez and Rodriguez do not comment on the allegations, but Canesco’s ex-wife Jessica does. She re-downloads Twitter to her phone specifically so she can publicly set the record straight, saying, “Those false accusations Jose is making are not true! I have known Alex for many years and haven’t even seen him for over 5. I certainly did not sleep with him. I am friendly with both him and Jennifer. As for Jose he can keep playing with his Alien friends.”
Canesco states that the last time she was with Rodriguez, she was accompanied by her boyfriend and they all went out to dinner.
March 20, 2019—Lopez and Rodriguez collaborate on a Quay Australia sunglasses line.
Lopez and Rodriguez partner up with Quay Australia to create their own his and hers sunglasses line. Lopez tells ELLE about the joint venture: “The main thing for us was making sure it captured both of our styles. It needed to be classic, but also glamorous and sexy because that’s kind of the field that we like to play in as far as fashion goes, and our life, by the way. We just wanted to have a strong sense of our self-expression and of who we really are. I think they really nailed that.”
March 22, 2019—Lopez and Rodriguez get the seal of approval from Barack and Michelle Obama.
Rodriguez takes to Instagram to share a hand-written note from the Obamas congratulating the couple on their engagement. The note reads: “Jennifer + Alex, Michelle and I just wanted to congratulate you on your engagement. After 26 years together, we can say that whatever challenges life may bring, sharing them with someone you love makes it all better. All the best.”