Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez cover Vanity Fair, they’re really doing this

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I will forever love Jennifer Lopez for many reasons, and one of those reasons is that she is consistently one of the most dumb-in-love women in the world. There’s a shamelessness to her dumb-in-love thing at this point, like we know her relationship is going to implode and it’s going to be shambolic and harsh and most people would feel embarrassment about how they behaved and how love-drunk they were. But J.Lo is never really ashamed, which is how she gets away with it (and why she keeps making the same mistakes over and over). All of which to say, J.Lo and her boyfriend of eight months are now doing Vanity Fair covers together. They sat there and did the cover interview together too, because they are love-drunk and incapable of NOT being extra. Still, there’s joy to be found, if you’re in the right mood. You can read the full cover story here. Some highlights:

Meeting each other again: It was last winter as she was having lunch in Beverly Hills that she saw Rodriguez walk by. “I almost yelled out ‘Alex,’ but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that,” she says. When she went outside, he was still there, facing away from her. “I could literally just have walked away,” she says. “But I walk over and tap him on the shoulder and say ‘Hey.’ I had just come from a promo for my show, Shades of Blue [in which she plays N.Y.P.D. detective Harlee Santos], so I’m dressed like my character, like a boy—Timberlands, jeans, curly short hair. He looks at me. I say, ‘It’s Jennifer.’ He says, ‘You look so beautiful.’ ”

Their first date: We talk about their first date, when they met for dinner at the Hotel Bel Air. “He was sitting there in his white shirt, very confident and manly, but then he was just so talkative!” she says. “I think he thought I was going to be this loud person, but I’m not. I just listen. 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. I don’t know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date. Then I knew he was nervous because he asked me if I wanted a drink. I said, ‘No, I don’t drink,’ and he asked if I minded if he had one. He was nervous, and it was really cute.”

His take on their first date: “I didn’t know if it was a date,” Rodriguez says. “Maybe we were seeing each other at night because of her work schedule. I went in uneasy, not knowing her situation. It would be incredibly productive for me to sit with one of the smartest, greatest women in the world, especially for a guy like me who is coming through tough times, rehabbing himself, re-establishing himself to folks out there. I thought it would be a win-win no matter what. She told me around the third or fourth inning that she was single. I had to get up and go re-adjust my thoughts. I went to the bathroom and got enough courage to send her a text.”

THEY ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THEIR FIRST DATE: “So I’m sitting there and he’s walking back, and I get a text,” Lopez continues. “It says . . . ” She looks significantly at Rodriguez. “You can tell her!” he says. “ ‘You look sexy AF,’ ” she tells me. They both laugh. “And then it took a turn,” Lopez says. “The fire alarm went off, and we had to evacuate.” I laugh, thinking she’s being metaphorical. “No, really,” she says. “The fire alarm went off!”

[From Vanity Fair]

Come on, it’s J.Lo. Of course she’s going to sit there with her boyfriend and tell every intimate story about their dates and romance and love. Of course she’s going to make it sound like this is the first time she’s ever felt this way! She actually made a reference to Ben Affleck too, talking about the Gigli Era of her life and how she felt “eviscerated…I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.” Except that she married Marc Anthony like two seconds after she split with Affleck, but whatever! And I remember when Affleck and J.Lo did their joint interviews too and it was just as glorious. Chica never learns.

I’ll give her this though – A-Rod seems just as blissed-out and love-drunk as Jennifer. He’s crazy-obsessed with her. They’re totally getting married. Maybe this one will last (SPOILER: IT WILL NOT LAST).

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  1. Tiffany27 says:

    They actually seem perfect for each other tbh.

    • Jayna says:

      They are for ten years. I give it a good ten years.

    • Millenial says:

      I went in expecting to roll my eyes and be grossed out…. but, that was actually really cute. Good for them.

      • Lilly says:

        I think so too, The similarity and come from nothing is bonding. I wish them the best and admire, in many, the ability to not get cynical and try again with an open heart.

    • PIa says:

      Have you seen the video, there is actually a sense of comfort between them. That somewhat surprised me.

      • KLO says:

        @PIa very interesting of you to point that out. I can see why you would say that.

        I watched the video in hopes that I would agree. I respectfully disagree though. She looks to be on her “perfect pleasing girlfriend” act like she always is (I have seen that one since Bennifer) and he is just a player who has been with TONS of famous beautiful women and has a natural confidence about him. I see no chemistry BETWEEN them.
        To me they look like actors who have done a movie together and are now posing for the “romantic” promo photos.

        Please prove me wrong.

  2. Nicole says:

    We’ve seen this song and dance before. Does VF really be have no other options for the cover?!

  3. Lucy2 says:

    I just looked it up- she married Marc about 5 months after splitting with Ben. !
    These 2 are too much. It’s nice they’re happy, but they are way too public too soon.

  4. Jerusha says:

    I don’t care about the cover story, but I can hardly wait to get my issue. I love how Graydon Carter and Vanity Fair have loathed trump for years. At least three articles in this issue eviscerating him-wheeeeee!

    • lucy2 says:

      “Pees” in a pod. Bwahahaha!

    • Pedro45 says:

      @Jerusha, “Short-fingered vulgarian” from Graydon’s old Spy magazine is still my favorite Trump nickname.

      • Ankhel says:

        It’s got it all. Telling Trump he’s not one of us (elitism is okay in that one context!), pointing out that physical oddity he’s insecure about. The best part is of course how much it got to him…

  5. Serene Wolf says:

    Love IS glorious! Jennifer is in tune with the universe – you gotta love and keep loving like you’ve never loved before.❤

  6. Beth says:

    She seems to get happy, excited, and fall in love very quickly with all the guys she’s dated or married, then moves on and does it again as soon as the relationship ends

  7. Squiggisbig says:

    He seems like a very strong contender for ex husband number 4!

    • Rosalee says:

      I always give him a pass because my nephew looks like him…but my nephew is just a tad prettier, thinner and a hockey player..people stop him all the time and say..has anyone ever told you you look just like..

      • Suzanne says:

        I’ve lost track of how many times my son has called to say there was another “Garth Brooks siting”…meaning someone had again stopped him to ask if he’s ever told he looks like Garth. People stop him all the time…the latest being a woman on a hospital gurney…being wheeled past him in the ER waiting room. She nodded and he overheard her say “he looks like that country singer Garth.” A few minutes later she was wheeled back thru and he nodded and said “Yes, I’m told that all the time.” They both laughed.

  8. Electric Tuba says:

    Oh please. Hold my purse while I puke in it.

    • Cine says:

      I’m with ya. She found her match in a man who is as obsessed with his looks as is she. Cheeses Jennifer….

  9. Alix says:

    “You look sexy AF”, texted from the men’s room on a first date. Hard pass, thanks.

    That said, Lopez looks gorgeous on that cover. But why is A-Rod’s face giving me Garry Shandling vibes???

    • Electric Tuba says:

      Oooooh hush! Lol Gary was way more sexy than A Wrong! 🤓 I still watch both of his shows on Plex but I’ve only sat through one Yankees game (cause the Mets were Home team at Citi Field and I had comped tickets😇)

    • detritus says:

      Right? hurk.
      Even the greeting, ‘It’s Jennifer’, ‘You look so beautiful’.
      I mean, I guess we know what this relationship is based on. Her being hot and listening, and him liking hot women and his own voice.

      That said, complementary weirdness? I’m still kind of rooting for them.

      and loling on the Shandling. I’ve been searching for who he reminds me of, and thats it?

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Exactly- that was a booty call.

      The paragraph labeled, “His take on the first date” says plenty. Opportunity knocked.

      • KLO says:

        You know what. They are both in their 40s and have seen and done a lot. It seems a lot more honest to just be upfront about the sex thing and not pretend like youre a shy 16-year old. Maybe I will change my mind once I get to that age myself.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      Right? Oh dear god. Booty call.

    • KBB says:

      Ick is my only reaction to that text.

  10. Birdie says:

    J-Rod! Oh Jennifer.

  11. Monsy says:

    Even if it doesn’t last, they are happy, so good for them. I’m so relieved she didn’t marry Casper Smart.

  12. Who ARE these people? says:

    Seems more like merger than romance, but at least he appreciates her business acumen.

    • Snazzy says:

      Yes I feel like this may actually work because of the business potential of being a power couple … let’s see!

  13. Nev says:


  14. Blackbetty says:

    Meh. I still prefer Bennifer

  15. Tig says:

    She reminds me of Liz Taylor (minus the amazing jewelry)- just in love with love. You have to be a smitten kitten to share the first date/texting nonsense. She looks great on the cover.

  16. Tiffany says:

    Elizabeth Taylor lite is getting engaged y’all.

    I really think these two will be getting married. I don’t think Alex is trying to change her and accepts all of Jennifer and her awesome outrageousness. And on the financial side, they are both equal.

  17. marc kile says:

    2 self centered d-bags NEXT!!!!!

  18. Sage says:

    I like J.Lo. She is in love with love, in love with drama, in love with attention. The world is her stage and everyone is watching😍

    • still_sarah says:

      I like Jennifer Lopez – as an actor, a singer, a dancer. But her love life is a joke that is no longer funny. I remember all the husbands, etc. and how each one was (at that time) the PERFECT man and so much more perfect than any of her previous boyfriends-fiancees-husbands. Same story every time, told to any magazine she could find. Chris Judd was perfect, Ben Affleck was perfect, Marc Anthony was perfect, Casper Smart was perfect until suddenly he wasn’t. And now Alex Rodrigues gets to be perfect for a while.

      • JG says:

        I actually thought Cris Judd was perfect. I still think if she wanted real stability and an intact family life, she would have stayed with him. But she prefers the drama and to be in love in public.

      • still_sarah says:

        @ JG : Yes, Chris Judd seemed like a nice guy. But that was two husbands ago!

        And yes, she seems to prefer the drama and publicity.

  19. LittlefishMom says:

    She is in love with being in love. She’s head over heels for everyone she’s involved with. I hope that he doesn’t hurt her. Not a fan of his.

  20. Pandabird says:

    Wait, he said they initially were only meeting at night and he wasn’t sure if she was single, but he was cool continuing to see her anyways? And he was coming out if rehab etc. His mentality is shady AF.

    • JG says:

      I took it as, he wasn’t coming out of rehab, he was rehabbing his image. He had been suspended from baseball for PEDs, he was never known as a drug user.

    • KBB says:

      Are you thinking he was in like drug/alcohol rehab? That’s not what he was talking about. “Rehabbing himself” just meant he was working on himself and working to change everyone’s perception of him after his steroids scandal.

  21. InVain says:

    I love me some J-Lo but they’re both in love with the idea of being a perfect match for each other. She’s a serial monogamist and he’s….not.

    Nothing says love like baring your thong-clad bottom for all to see while your smarmy lover half grabs at it. Bennifer 2.0.

    • roses says:

      I rolled my eyes so hard at that photo it wasn’t needed at all.

    • Erica_V says:

      I’m so glad that pic wasn’t included here. I don’t know why but it really bothers me. It just feels so unnecessary.

  22. Donna says:

    The Jennifer Lopez Playbook:
    Chapter One: You’ve found true love – again! Congratulations! How to sell your new guy to everyone, when you’ve said the same thing so many times before.

  23. tracking says:

    She has the worst taste in men, just the worst.

  24. Amide says:

    Hasn’t he cheated on her already??😩

  25. Canadiangirl says:

    Once she’s in love she dives right in and gives it her all. It’s not easy to let your guard down and be so open to love. Although I think she has terrible taste in men, I have to admire someone like her who really doesn’t care what anyone thinks and does what makes her happy and fully lives in the moment. If she can live with the ups and downs and failures when they happen, then more power to her. She always emerges happier the next time. She doesn’t even look at her past relationships as failures, she simply says they happened, she’s learned, and she moves on.

    • Jaii says:

      Everything you just said , I admire anyone who can live and love like this , right in the moment .

  26. Pedro45 says:

    I hate to admit this as a Red Sox fan but Alex is a really good baseball analyst on TV and Papi is…not.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yes he is. I walked away impressed. He takes that role seriously and it shows. I follow him on IG and he does a segment called Ask A Rod and the kids through all kinds of questions at him and he answers them like a pro. He is talking about the year suspension and what he did in that time and what he was working on ( taking business classes, figuring out life after baseball, etc) and so far it is working for him.

      • JG says:

        Pedro45 — Fair enough, I am just trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. We’ll see if they bring him back next year.

    • JG says:

      Alex is very good, but for Papi, English isn’t his first language, so that may trip him up somewhat. I love how Alex talked about how smart Carlos Correa is, and knew all about his HS academic success.

      • KBB says:

        He kept calling Bregman “Bergman” after one of the games, so I silenced him out after that.

      • Pedro45 says:

        @JG, I know it’s not his first language but it doesn’t seem like he wants to be serious about sharing his expertise. It’s not the language, it’s his attitude. He wants to be Big Papi, the personality. Good sports analysis is harder than it looks. I don’t think this is his field (no pun intended).

    • InVain says:

      As a life-long Yankee fan, I have my own issues with Alex. BUT, there is absolutely no denying that he loves baseball (maybe more than Jen) and he knows it very well. He gloriously messed up his career, but he does love the game and it shows in his analysis. He is smart, but his ego has always gotten in the way.

      • jetlagged says:

        As a Mariner fan, I bet my issues with Alex predate your issues with Alex. I always thought whatever good qualities he had were vastly overshadowed by his ego and ambition.

    • Galaxias says:

      It hurts me to agree with you. I’m an Astros fan so I’ve been watching all the World Series post games very intently and he’s much better than I expected him to be. Papi is exactly what @Pedro45 says: he’s there to be a personality, not an analyst. The other guys a doing their best to work around him and play along with his antics for laughs, but it’s tough going, you can tell.

      Back on the gossip side, Jennifer was sitting just off to the side, between the cameras and their set during Game 4 in Houston. They panned the camera over to her and she was not having it, hiding her face and everything.

  27. Harryg says:

    This is just a weird cover.

  28. Toniko says:

    That picture with him baring her butt is too much..

    • Dorothy K Zbornak says:

      That photo is so gross and tacky. It’s also a strange choice when they’re trying to show how they’re so in lurve.

  29. Jb says:

    Awesome spoiler!

  30. crazydaisy says:

    I wonder if they’ve had sex yet?

  31. Boxy Lady says:

    I like them together. There seems to be an extra level of comfort there as opposed to her other relationships. They are on the same level financially and fame-wise and they are both deeply involved in business investments. I hope they go the distance. I’m rooting for them. Alex, don’t mess this up! ☺

    ETA: Another reason I like them together is he doesn’t seem resentful about her success or fame in any way. He just seems supportive and that he’s lucky to be with her. That may be a change for her.

  32. NeoCleo says:

    She looks amazing as always. I’m not a fan, never have been, but I admire her work ethic–she really hustles and what a beautiful woman!

    • KLO says:


      Her looks (it takes a lot of work to stay looking like that) and work ethic have been infallible since day 1.

      I like her in romantic comedies.

  33. KBB says:

    I’d like to believe he has actually changed, but I’m just not quite convinced. She’s doing a great job to polish up his image though. I hope she doesn’t regret it. Time will tell, I guess.

    She’s getting some magazine covers and publicity, but he is still getting WAY more out of this relationship on a professional level.

  34. Bahare says:

    I’m sorry you guys. I am not unromantic but did anyone read what he said? It looks good to be with her basically because he wants to rehab his image from the biogenesis scandal and he has started a broadcast career on the fox sports channel for the World Series. I love mlb and what he knows about the game and his input is good. But seriously these two are reading different books let alone not on the same page. Fun is great with sex and romance but these people have children also who are a factor.

    • KBB says:

      It’s going to be a disaster. He reminds me a lot of Ben Affleck, actually. Just without the addiction issues. He’s constantly getting in his own way and making his life more difficult than it has to be.

  35. DiegoInSF says:

    She’s the ultimate star. I remember people thinking she was a flash in the pan in the early 2000s and look at her on the cover of VF 15 years later. Just like Elton John who said that no one would remember her song Jenny from the block in 10 years well, 15 years later and everyone can sing the chorus form memory!

    • KLO says:

      You are right. She has shined in the business for over 20 years and she is a living legend. That deserves respect.

      And she has constantly kept improving herself, too! Her live vocals are so much better when she started out. (they were always fine but she keeps surprising me in positive ways, that’s what I mean)

  36. smee says:

    Gonna get flamed, but I don’t care…..I don’t believe this relationship for one second. I think she’s part of the “rehabbing” he spoke of and she certainly needed to wash the stank of Casper off her with a decent relationship with a man. They’ve certainly got enough $ to buy a house, apt, go on vacations, go on dates, whatever to make it look legit and then it all get written off as business expenses. Then in a year or two, break-up time, and everybody is ready to carry on with their new rehabbed public persona.

    • KBB says:

      I think he’s dating her to rehab his image and she doesn’t realize it. She loves being in a power couple but she also loves falling in love and believing the hype around her relationships. She rarely sees things clearly in love.

      Maybe they’ve both fooled themselves into thinking this time it’s real, but they both have fatal flaws when it comes to relationships – he’s incapable of fidelity and she’s incapable of finding someone worthy of her devotion.

      ETA: She did have that “fling” with Drake just before Alex, so she’s obviously not above fake PR relationships. No one bought that one though, so maybe she’s just found a more convincing foil in Alex.

  37. Bella says:

    This may sound awful but if I were JLo I’d be worried about 1. STDs and 2. His cheating. She has a way of picking out the most untrustworthy-looking guys.

  38. Joh says:

    Her ass got ANOTHER cover?