Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez confirm breakup: ‘We are better as friends’

A month of speculation put to rest
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
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Powerhouse celebrity couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have confirmed that they are no longer together.

In a statement to the "Today" Show, the pair said, "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 each other’s children."

The stars also said that out of respect for their families, "the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."

The announcement comes several weeks after rumors swirled about a possible split, with eagle-eyed social media users noting the conspicuous absence of Lopez's emerald-cut engagement ring in photos she shared on Instagram over the weekend.

Lopez and Rodriguez initially put the breakup rumors to rest last month, releasing a joint statement that said that, while the couple is “working through some things,” reports of them splitting “are inaccurate.”

The pair announced their engagement in 2019 after two years of dating. They were slated to marry in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had to postpone their nuptials. “There's no planning right now. You just have to kind of wait and see how this all plays out, and it's disappointing on one level,” shared Lopez in May.

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