In just two short years, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez went from an “Are they or aren’t they?” item of gossip to one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples.
The second the pair stepped out together in public, it made perfect sense to their respective fan bases. While new love is always exciting and full of unforgettable moments, for these two, there was a higher priority they needed to work out before they could really settle into happiness: It was important for their children to be comfortable with the relationship.
The couple recently opened up to People about what it was like introducing their children to each other.
Jennifer shares 10-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony. Alex shares daughters Natasha, 14, and Ella, 10, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. All four kids have gotten along wonderfully, much to the joy of their parents. The glimpses of their time together show a beautiful, blended family that’s truly happy.
It’s hard to believe that Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have been together for only two years.
That might be because the couple, who first met in 2005, was able to keep the relationship under wraps for a little while — a rarity for two figures in the spotlight.
Despite romance rumors swirling around them, the two didn’t confirm they were dating until stepping out together at the Met Gala in May 2017.
All of the early glimpses of their relationship indicated that the pair was in it for real, but not without the support of the most important people in their lives.
It was just a few weeks after their public debut that Jennifer posted this photo of the two enjoying a fun pool day with their kids together.
Jennifer and Alex recently spoke to People about how introducing their two families went and how important it was to them both that their children were comfortable with their relationship.
Jennifer reportedly has primary custody of her children, 10-year-old twins Max and Emme.
Alex, who is father to 10-year-old Ella and 14-year-old Natasha, shares custody with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.
Having kids that are pretty close in age definitely helped the families get along. As Jennifer explained to People, “[It was] ‘I get a new bonus brother and sisters to hang out with all the time and it’s nice.'”
It’s also in the nature of children to be open to love, Jennifer believes. She said, “Kids are so beautiful and open to love and new friends.”
To their credit, they also make sure that their children have plenty of time with all the important people in their lives, even when that means spending time with exes.
The beautiful bond between their children helps their love continue to grow with the happiness it brings. Alex told People, “Our kids have become best friends and that keeps us both grounded and appreciative.”
With the holiday season upon us, the couple is excited to celebrate their blended family and how naturally they’ve come together as a unit. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better than the four of them getting along as they do,” Alex noted.
Jennifer and Alex have kept quiet about plans for the future, but it’s likely because the present is so sweet.