The “Jenny From The Block” singer started casually dating the retired baseball player in February 2017.
Though the two didn’t confirm their romance right away, once they did, they basically couldn’t stop gushing about their feelings for one another.
In a March 31, 2017, appearance on The View, Alex acknowledged that he and Jennifer were dating.
“We’re having a great time. She’s an amazing, amazing girl, and one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met — and also an incredible mother,” he revealed.
The relationship only got more serious as their kids met just a few months into their romance.
A source told People back in April that Jennifer’s twins, Max and Emme (shared with her ex-husband Marc Anthony), and Alex’s daughters, Natasha and Ella, had spent time together and gotten along well.
The singer even shared a photo of her boyfriend hanging out with all four of the kids back in July, after the two celebrated their back-to-back birthdays.
It’s possible that Alex’s daughters love Jennifer even more than the former Yankee does!
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 1, 2017, the host asked the 42-year-old retired baseball star who had been most excited to find out about the relationship.
“Honestly? My daughters. They think they went to heaven,” he replied. “Now they’re hanging out with Jennifer backstage. They’re dancing. They’re singing with her[…] Now they call three, four, five times[…] they’re looking around[…] where’s Jennifer?”
Jennifer similarly sang her boyfriend’s praises in an interview with HOLA! USA earlier this year: “I feel like I can say that [I’m in a good relationship] for the first time — I don’t know — maybe ever. And not that I didn’t have great relationships, full of love and adventure, but this is the first relationship I’ve been where I feel like we really make each other better.”
It’s no wonder that engagement rumors have been swirling about these two for weeks — and their recent, adorable Vanity Fair interview only added fuel to that fire.
One particularly sweet moment in the interview found the pair reminiscing about their “uneasy” first date — which, as it turns out, Alex wasn’t even sure was a date!
“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, reestablishing himself to folks out there,” the former baseball player explained. “I thought it would be a win-win no matter what.”
Alex admitted he felt “uneasy” going into their meet-up, “not knowing her situation” (whether she was single or not) ahead of time.
Jennifer, for her part, was surprised that Alex was so chatty.
“He was sitting there in his white shirt, very confident and manly, but then he was just so talkative! 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.”
It was clear to her that he was nervous, which Jennifer found “really cute.”
Finally, “around the third or fourth inning,” she jokes, the Shades of Blue star told him that she was single, which apparently really threw the former Yankee for a loop.
“I had to get up and go readjust my thoughts. I went to the bathroom and got enough courage to send her a text,” he recalled.
Jennifer was surprised to receive a text from Alex in the middle of their date, but even more surprised (and amused) by what it said.
After making sure Alex was OK with her telling what he’d texted, Jennifer laughingly revealed that his text to her had simply said, “You look sexy AF.”
At that point in the date, the fire alarm went off (literally, not metaphorically, the singer clarified), and the two needed to evacuate the restaurant.
Despite having a pretty unusual first date, the two clicked right off the bat. Now, Alex says they are “very much twins.”
“We’re both Leos; we’re both from New York; we’re both Latino and about 20 other things,” he explained.
Jennifer agreed: “I understand him in a way that I don’t think anyone else could, and he understands me in a way that no one else could ever.”
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