Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez finally split for good last week, after having a “soft breakup” a month earlier. I feel like J.Lo has been at peace with the breakup? It’s seemed that way in the gossip press – not a lot of post-split drama, and Alex is so clearly pining for her. That’s the way Jen prefers to leave a relationship, with the guy understanding that he f–ked up and she won’t take him back. Those are her favorite exes. Now Jen’s team has gone to People Magazine to put a bow on the split and talk about how Alex made her miserable.
Jennifer dumped Alex: Multiple sources confirm in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, that it was Lopez, 51, who ultimately broke up with Rodriguez, 45. “She insisted on it. There are too many issues that are unresolved,” says a friend of Lopez, who has been filming her upcoming comedy Shotgun Wedding in the Dominican Republic over the past few months.
She didn’t trust him & she was miserable: In the end, the sources say, Lopez could no longer fully “trust” Rodriguez, who flew to visit her in the Dominican Republic days after they publicly acknowledged on March 15 they were working through long simmering issues. “She has been pretty miserable,” says the friend, “and didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex.”
The lockdown exacerbated their issues: “They both liked spending more time together as a family, but it was difficult to keep that special spark when they saw each other every day,” another insider says of the couple, who were forced to cancel two wedding ceremonies because of the ongoing pandemic.
Alex’s cheating: Then, when Lopez headed to the Dominican Republic for work, rumors Rodriguez had a wandering eye added strain. While sources say infidelity wasn’t the cause of their breakup, “whether or not he has cheated doesn’t matter,” says a music source. “She won’t tolerate the fear of it in the air between them.”
Separating their families & businesses: While the onetime power duo, dubbed J-Rod, also have several business ventures together and share properties in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, “they’re especially sad for the kids since they are all so close,” says the Lopez friend. “It’s not a good situation but inevitable.”
Teflon Jen will be fine: “Jennifer has been in these difficult situations before. She is not one to sit around and cry,” says the friend. “Her kids make her the happiest. She is doing well.” Though ending things with Rodriguez wasn’t easy, Lopez feels at peace with her decision. “They will try to be friends, and there is respect there,” says a Miami source. “But they are definitely going their separate ways.”
She’s hanging out with Marc Anthony: She’s also found support in Anthony, 52, who recently brought Max and Emme to the Dominican Republic to spend quality time with their mom. “Jennifer and Marc have a great relationship,” says the friend. “Having him around while she has had to work abroad has been very comforting.”
I’m fine with all of this. I’m glad “sources” acknowledged Alex’s infidelity, and I tend to believe that is how Jennifer really feels too. She didn’t dump Alex *because* of the infidelities, but all of that got added to the pile of sh-t she hates about him. Plus, he was so indiscreet and gross. Anyway, I feel like Marc Anthony constantly boosts her ego. He’s been in love with her for decades, even when he’s been married to other women. Also: I appreciate the fact that Jennifer is now the kind of woman who dumps a guy because he makes her miserable, as opposed to staying with an unfaithful bastard just because she can’t be alone.
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