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Jennifer Lopez talks Alex Rodriguez, marriage, more with Harper’s Bazaar

Jennifer Lopez discusses her relationship with Alex Rodriguez

Jennifer Lopez discusses her relationship with Alex Rodriguez in the April issue of Harper's Bazaar. Credit: Harper’s Bazaar / Mariano Vivanco

A little over a year after starting a relationship with Alex Rodriguez, thrice-divorced singer-actress Jennifer Lopez says she’s not averse to remarrying.

“I do believe in marriage,” the Bronx-born Lopez, 48, says in the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “And I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I’m not forcing anything right now. It’s good, it’s healthy; we communicate well,” she says of her rapport with the retired Yankees third baseman, 42.

“We understand each other’s lives in a way that most other people couldn’t,” she continues. “We both entered the public eye in our early 20s and overachieved right from the start. And that affects every dynamic in your life, from your family to your work to your relationships. We have a similar makeup.”

They have even begun sounding alike, Lopez told the magazine. “He sports-metaphors me to death, and now I do it to everyone else,” she says, adding, “Baseball is just like life: All you want to do is hit a home run.”

The couple, who went public with their romance at the Met Gala last May, initially met in the mid-2000s at Shea Stadium, where Lopez’s husband at the time, singer Marc Anthony, was throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees-Mets game. Lopez and Rodriguez were photographed shaking hands. After meeting again in Beverly Hills in early 2017, they had a dinner date at the posh Hotel Bel-Air.

“So he’s talking, talking about his plans, about how he had just retired from baseball, about how he saw himself getting married again, all these things you wouldn’t normally talk about on a first date,” Lopez told Vanity Fair last year. “I don’t know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date. . . . He was nervous, and it was really cute.”

Lopez married waiter Ojani Noa in 1997 and dancer Chris Judd in 2001; both marriages ended in divorce. She was married to Grammy Award winner Anthony from 2004 until separating in 2011 and divorcing three years later. They share twins Max and Emme, 10, who were born on Long Island. She also has had high-profile relationships with rapper Sean Combs, actor Ben Affleck and dancer Casper Smart.

Rodriguez, now host of the CNBC show “Back in the Game,” has daughters Natasha, 13, and Ella, 9, with his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis, whom he married in 2002 and divorced in 2008.

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