Jennifer Lopez, AKA J.Lo, has found her true love in baseball star Alex Rodriguez. Their fairytale romance thrilled fans, with the pair getting engaged in March 2019 on a beach in the Bahamas. J.Lo has been in the public eye for over 30 years, and her relationship has been well documented. You have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince, and we took a trip down memory lane to revisit J.Lo’s past relationships, marriages, and flings.
In 1984, Jennifer Lopez began her first real relationship with David Cruz. J.Lo knew Cruz already, as the pair both grew up in the same New York neighborhood, The Bronx. The pair started seeing each other when they were just 15.
J.Lo and David Cruz had a long and loving relationship that lasted 10 years, but the childhood sweethearts broke up in 1994. Lopez’ star had already started to rise in the early 90s, and she appeared as a backup dancer for New Kids On The Block.
He Knows Me Best
Not much is known about David Cruz’ life and career these days. The pair split when J.Lo relocated to Los Angeles, and Cruz is said to have stayed in his home neighborhood of the Bronx. He continued to live a regular life, a world away from the fame and glamor that J.Lo was headed for.
J.Lo and Cruz do keep in touch though, with J.Lo saying in 2004, “He’s a friend and he probably knows me better than anyone else”.
Between 1993 and 1994, Jennifer Lopez briefly dated Chris Paciello. Paciello comes from Brooklyn, New York and has been linked to many famous women over the years including Madonna, Naomi Campbell, and Sofia Vergara.ADVERTISEMENT
J.Lo wasn’t serious with Paciello, and that was probably for the best, as not long after their flirtation fizzled out he was implicated and charged with a federal crime as a getaway driver in a murder case. Paciello served 7 years behind bars for his part in the crime.
A Positive Future
Paciello has turned his back on his previously shady lifestyle and has most recently opened a new restaurant called Bianca in the Delano Hotel in South Beach, Miami.
He told the press, “I regret the mistakes I made in the past. I am working hard to make a positive impact and to build a new life for myself in Miami. I am grateful to the many people here who have welcomed me back with open arms, and look forward to a positive future.”
Jennifer Lopez was rumored to be getting pretty close to actor Wesley Snipes in 1995. The pair were co-stars in the movie Money Train, a buddy cop movie about the New York subway, and attended many events arm in arm at the time attracting questions from the press.
Sources close to J.Lo said although Snipes was very keen on her at the time, she just wasn’t interested in dating someone 7 years her senior when she was in her early 20s.
Wes Snipes got over his crush on J.Lo, finding love and eventually getting married in 2003 to a painter named Nakyung Park. The couple has four children together.
Snipes has had great success as an actor, starring in 2 films a year on average since 1986. He recently starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the critically acclaimed 2019 movie Dolemite Is My Name. Snipes has been nominated by numerous awarding bodies as Best Supporting Actor for his role as D’Urville Martin.
J.Lo met Ojani Noa when he was a waiter at a Miami restaurant and fell head over heels. They were married in 1997, but J.Lo soon realized it wasn’t meant to be and they divorced within a year!
Even after they divorced, J.Lo tried to help Noa out. When she opened her Cuban restaurant Madre’s in Los Angeles in 2002, she did him a favor by letting him run the place. But he let her down once more and she had to fire him after 6 months.
Noa has given J.Lo all kinds of problems over the years, first flirting with the idea of writing a book about their relationship, which would have gone against their confidentiality agreement, and then trying to commission a film about his life!
He even tried to sell personal footage from their honeymoon, which is just downright disrespectful! Attempting to try and capitalize on someone else’s success is a low blow, and Jen was totally right to show him the door.
The last that was heard of Ojani Noa was when he appeared on the Million Dollar Matchmaker in 2016. He listed his profession as a Cuban actor, although the only movie part he’s had was in 2002’s Rappin’ n’ Rhyming.
According to the interview for the show, Noa “hasn’t been able to get over the first love of his life, ex-wife Jennifer Lopez.” It would appear that Noa is still trying to ride to fame on J.Lo’s coattails. Boy, bye!
In 1998, J.Lo was still in the fall-out of the messy divorce with Noa when she was rumored to be embroiled in a love triangle that involved Mariah Carey and her ex-husband Tommy Mottola, a Sony Music producer.
Mariah and Tommy had a dramatic and messy divorce, and soon after he started paying a lot of attention to J.Lo. Tommy’s closeness to the singer was supposedly related to her talents as an artist, but onlookers said they seemed personally close.
Rumors Or Romance?
Mariah Carey was not pleased when she realized that Jennifer Lopez and her ex-husband Tommy Mottola were seeing each other regularly, although it wasn’t clear if their relationship had changed from a professional to a more intimate one.
The rumors of a possible romance between the music mogul and J.Lo were enough for Mariah Carey to leave Sony Music. She couldn’t bear to see Mottola was investing so much time and money into Jennifer’s career instead of hers.
Mottola found love in his third marriage to Thalía, a Mexican star and songstress who married the music executive in 2000. They have two children together. At Sony, Mottola was credited for relaunching the careers of celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Marc Anthony (more on him later!).
Mottola left Sony in 2003 and branched out into musical theatre and eventually TV, founding Mottola Media. The TV production department of Mottola Media is currently producing and developing many shows for cable and network television.
Between 1999 and 2001, there was a new celebrity power couple making the rounds: J.Lo and Sean Combs, then called Puff Daddy. Paparazzi loved following the couple, and the photo of the pair at the 2000 Grammys, when J.Lo wore THAT Versace gown, is iconic.
They went everywhere as a couple, from red carpets to music awards ceremonies, and were known for showing up in crazy coordinated outfits. There were plenty of public displays of affection too!
Too Much Drama
Drama struck when J.Lo and Puff Daddy were embroiled in a shooting in which three people were injured at a nightclub in Manhattan. They escaped unscathed, but their romance faded soon after. J.Lo didn’t need that kind of drama in her life!
Combs actually tried to deny they had broken up for a while, but his publicist decided to break the news to the press on Valentine’s Day 2001. She said that it was true that Puff Daddy had broken up with ‘his love’ and asked the press to respect the rapper’s privacy.
Combs rebranded himself as P.Diddy in 2005 and has had an illustrious musical and acting career that’s seen him win three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. He’s currently busy filming the new season of Making The Band for MTV.
Diddy broke things off with his long term girlfriend of 11 years, singer and dancer Cassie Ventura. He has 6 children, including twins, and is focusing on being a great father and supporting his children in their ambitions.
After her relationship with Combs ended, J.Lo developed a relationship with her former back-up dancer Cris Judd. They first laid eyes on each other on the set of her music video for “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” in 2000.
It was a whirlwind romance and the pair married in 2001. At first, things seemed to be going well, but cracks started to appear when the honeymoon was over and Judd had to start getting used to J.Lo’s hectic work schedule.
According to reports, Judd found the attention surrounding J.Lo very difficult to handle. The marriage went south very quickly and they divorced in 2002, just 9 months after they had married, citing irreconcilable differences.
J.Lo has since remarked that she was too young when she married Judd and didn’t know what she was getting into. She’s a powerful woman and needs someone who can match her energy, but it even seems in these photos that the pair weren’t a great match, with Lopez looking quite subdued.
I Just Wish Her The Best
Cris Judd said in a 2019 interview that he and J.Lo don’t keep in touch, but said, “I just wish her the best.” Judd found his own place in the entertainment world after the split and has appeared as a dancer in films like La La Land, Bringing Down The House, and Rock Of Ages.
Judd is currently working on shows for Nickelodeon and Netflix including the second season of Mr. Iglesias, and a reboot of the 90s show All That.
In 2002, tabloid culture was booming and there was only one word in everyone’s life: Bennifer. J.Lo and Ben Affleck were the hottest A-List couple and their relationship was reported in magazines daily.
The rise of the internet meant that this was the era when tabloid journalism and gossip columns were booming, and they could not leave the couple alone. They were followed around the country by reporters hungry for a story, and they couldn’t enjoy a meal anywhere without someone calling the press.
Very Different Lifestyles
Swept up in the moment, the early 2000s’ hottest couple got engaged in 2003. They ended up postponing the wedding due to excessive media attention and eventually called it off.
Affleck and J.Lo had very different lifestyles. In the early 2000s, he was a party boy who was predisposed to substance issues, something which runs in his family, while she was very career-focused. Their differences became more apparent after they had called off the wedding and they eventually split, though remained amicable.
He Has Found Peace
Affleck went on to become one of the best-known actors in the world, starring in more than 50 movies including Good Will Hunting, Pearl Harbor, and Argo. He married actress Jennifer Garner in 2005, but they split in 2018 after 13 years of marriage.
Affleck suffered from alcohol use disorders throughout his 20s and 30s, finally seeking treatment in 2017. He now champions sobriety and has found peace in a less-demanding schedule, as well as in his charity and humanitarian work.
J.Lo met singer Marc Anthony on the set of the music video for her 1999 song No Me Ames. Reportedly his first words to her were: “One day you’re going to be my wife.” Anthony’s wish came true and in 2004 they wed in Beverly Hills.
J.Lo and Anthony made their careers work for them, co-headling a tour together in 2007. In 2008, they had twins, a boy and a girl, and the photo of the family together became the most expensive celebrity photo ever taken!
Any Woman Can Sympathize
J.Lo and Marc Anthony were doing well at first, but their busy touring schedules started to put pressure on the marriage. J.Lo remarked “Once I did the tour. I really just wanted to shut it down, any woman can sympathize. It is a lot. I was ready just to sit.”
It seemed Marc wasn’t around as much as J.Lo needed either, which lead to their eventual split. They are on good terms nowadays and make sure the twins get to see them both together occasionally.
Unlucky In Love
Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last, and J.Lo and Anthony split in July 2011, with Lopez retaining primary physical custody of the two children. Marc Anthony has had a very successful singing career, selling out concerts worldwide. He holds the Guinness World Record for best-selling tropical/salsa artist and the most number-one albums on the Billboard Tropical Albums year-end charts.
Sadly, Anthony has so far been unlucky in love, divorcing from this fourth wife, model Shannon de Lima, in 2017.
Hollywood had their eye on Jennifer Lopez after her and Marc Anthony’s divorce, and it was rumored that she had found a replacement in Jason Statham. J.Lo and the tough British actor were seen cozying up together on several occasions in restaurants around Florida while filming the thriller movie Parker.
Jason Statham, who was officially dating Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, was quick to deny the rumors, stating that he and J.Lo were strictly business, although J.Lo gushed that she loved his accent.
On Great Terms
We’ll let Jason Statham off for not pursuing the incredible J.Lo, but only because of his romance with model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, which has now lasted for over 10 years. The couple had an adorable child together in 2017.
Jason has been busy appearing in a plethora of fast-paced action and thriller movies, where he usually does his own stunts! He and J.Lo occasionally run into each other at awards ceremonies and always seem like they are on great terms.
Shortly after her divorce from Marc Anthony, J.Lo was spotted on a date with actor Bradley Cooper at Manhattan restaurant Per Se, though claimed this was strictly business. The pair was also seen together in the front row together at Tommy Hilfiger’s New York Fashion Week.
They do look very good together, but apparently J.Lo had her hands full with the twins, as well as looking after her wildly successful acting and musical career, and wasn’t ready for a relationship.
Only A Passing Fling
The media had a field day when J.Lo and Bradley Cooper were spotted together once more, as he drove her away from a lunch date. Initially, they both cover their faces to hide from photographers, but Bradley gives up and seems quite proud to be spotted with the singer.
Clearly, J.Lo didn’t want to be photographed with him, which could imply that for her it was really only a passing fling. This was the last they were seen together.
A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper has had a couple of high profile relationships since J.Lo, including a marriage to Jennifer Esposito. He recently split with girlfriend Irina Shayk and is said to be working on his career and philanthropic efforts.
Cooper directed, wrote, produced, and acted in the movie A Star Is Born, featuring Lady Gaga, which has cemented his place as not only a superb actor but a formidable director too. Maybe 2020 will be the year that Cooper finds his true love!
The rumor mills were turning once more, as Jennifer Lopez was spotted getting close to Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro. The pair starred alongside each other in the 2012 movie What To Expect When You’re Expecting. At the time, Santoro said “Chemistry happens. Just the fact that we both have a Latin background we could relate to each other.”
Neither J.Lo nor Santoro has confirmed or denied the coupling, but if it did really happen then it was only a brief fling.
Too Many PDAs!
According to the Huffington Post, when J.Lo and Rodrigo Santoro were filming What To Expect When You’re Expecting, director Kirk Jones had to tell them to keep their hands off each other. Apparently, there were too many PDAs on set.
The movie was shot mere months after J.Lo’s split from Marc Anthony, so it’s possible that she was just allowing herself some harmless flirtation (with a very willing co-conspirator!) before moving on to searching for her next serious relationship.
E!s Sexiest Man Alive
Santoro married his long-term girlfriend, fellow Brazilian actress Mel Fronckowiak, in 2013 and they remain happily married! On May 22, 2017, they welcomed their first child, a little girl named Nina.
Voted 16th on E!s Sexiest Man Alive list in 2008, Santoro has continued to work in film, charting up a long list of appearances in Brazilian movies, as well as international films such as Love Actually, I Love You Philip Morris, and 300.
Jennifer Lopez got together with Casper Smart, one of her backup dancers, in 2011. The media was quite derogatory about the pair as she was 18 years older than him, but the couple proved them wrong by staying together for over 5 years.
The couple called it a day when the relationship came to a natural end. A source told People, “It wasn’t anything dramatic and they were on good terms. They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together.”
Spending Every Day Together
Apparently, the attraction between J.Lo and Casper Smart was just flirting in the beginning, but it soon grew into something more when they realized there was a connection. Very quickly, they were spending every day together and he was escorting J.Lo on red carpets.
Looking back on their relationship, Smart said that he had been very young in terms of experience, and that “neither of us thought it would be more than a fun time. But at the moment, everything just clicked.”
Casper Smart, now 32, has found love in a new relationship with Johnny Manziel’s ex-wife Bre Tiesi. The couple shared photos together on social media in early 2020 and looked very cozy. Smart lives in California and has focused on his career in TV.
Recent reports suggest that J.Lo had been the one to call off the relationship with Smart because of cheating allegations. J.Lo deserves a man who can treat her right, so if that’s the case then the girl has done well!
Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn AKA Future
Fans of Jennifer Lopez on Twitter were curious to know what the deal was between her and rapper Future, AKA Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, when the singer shared a photo of the two of them looking very cozy together in the studio back in 2013!ADVERTISEMENT
J.Lo was forced to deny rumors to the press, saying the relationship was strictly professional. In fact, Future had written a song for J.Lo’s upcoming album, as well as producing many tracks for her.
A Household Name
Future became a household name the year after the photo of him and J.Lo, when his trio of mixtapes named Monster, Beast Mode, and 56 Nights received critical acclaim. By 2019, he had already released his 7th full-length studio album and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.
Future has had a wild love life, fathering 6 children with different women, one of which was with singer Chiara to whom he was engaged for a while in 2013.
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. AKA T.I.
In 2014, J.Lo was seen looking very cozy to another rapper, T.I. AKA Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. The pair were seen dancing closely and taking photos together in a club in New York.
J.Lo said it was all a misunderstanding. T.I. had finished a concert back in the Bronx and had headed over to her birthday party straight after, so it was all innocent. J.Lo even did T.I a solid by letting him appear on her A.K.A album that gained him a lot of press.
Rumors continued to circulate about J.Lo and T.I. right up until she got together with A-Rod. One magazine said of J.Lo, “…the 44-year-old has been telling friends that her new romance [with T.I] has been a ‘godsend.”
“T.I. thinks she’s the complete package,” gushed the source. “No one would be surprised if they became official sooner rather than later…They have a genuine connection.” J.Lo and T.I. decided not to comment on the rumors, but continued to post photos together on Instagram.
T.I has one of the longest lists of rap collaborations, appearing on tracks with huge stars such as Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake, and Chris Brown. He seems to attract celebrity feuds as well and has had highly publicized disagreements with many artists such as Ludacris, Lil’ Flip, and Shawty Lo.
According to the IRS, T.I owed $4.5 million in unpaid taxes from 2012 and 2013, so it’s definitely for the best that he and J.Lo were strictly friends!
Here’s a romance that J.Lo didn’t even try to hide! A steamy fling with one of her dancers, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Maksim danced with her at the AMAs in 2013, and the pair were spotted on several occasions looking flirty and holding each other close.
J.Lo set the record straight in a radio interview, however, saying, “Listen, I’m good right now. Let’s just say we just got out of a relationship, there needs to be time for reflection and alone time.” Yes, girl. You do you!
Super Cute Together
At the end of June 2014, J.Lo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were pictured together again, looking very comfortable at The Shrine nightclub in Connecticut after he attended one of her shows in the same city. That same month, Maksim attended J.Lo’s 45th birthday party in the Hamptons where they were ‘super cute’ during the intimate fete.
It’s worth noting that they have never publicly acknowledged if they were more than friends or not, but it wouldn’t be long before J.Lo met her ultimate match!
Dancing With The Stars
Ukrainian Maksim Chmerkovskiy is an incredible Latin dancer, so it would only be right that he found his perfect match in another dance professional. He connected with Peta Jane Murgatroyd, a New Zealand American performer when they both appeared on Dancing With The Stars and they married in 2017.
Maksim and Peta have a son named Shai Aleksander, and they continue to dance professionally while also breaking out in the theatre world, and with choreography and roles on Netflix shows.
Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham
Drake and J.Lo were the ultimate ‘are they aren’t they?’ couple of 2016. It all started when Drake was filmed drooling over Jen’s outfit at the Grammy Awards. He was spotted backstage at her concerts, and the selfies they shared together went viral.
In 2018, a source told People that “It was never very serious.” Apparently, the two singers like one another and “had fun together” but it was just a fling. Maybe Drake was talking about J.Lo when he sang Hotline Bling!
These Boys Aren’t So Bad
Fans thought they had caught J.Lo and Drake on a double date with comedians Kevin Hart and Kristen Chenoweth when Kristen posted this group photo on Instagram with the caption, “Love you Jennifer Lopez – these boys aren’t so bad either!”
Drake finally laid the rumors to rest in 2018 on his track “Diplomatic Immunity.” The Canadian rapper alluded to his relationship with Jenny saying, “2017 I lost a J. Lo., a Rotterdam trip had me on the front page though.”
Despite dating Rihanna on and off for 8 years, Drake wasn’t able to make it work with the singer. He had a child in 2017 with ex-girlfriend Sophie Brussaux, a French artist, but the romance didn’t last either.ADVERTISEMENT
Even if his relationships have fizzled, Drake’s career is jam-packed with enough interesting projects to keep his mind off relationships. He sells out concerts worldwide and has recently produced the new series of critically acclaimed TV series Top Boy for Netflix.
In 2017, Chris Brown had a serious crush on Jennifer Lopez and he wasn’t shy about it! In a radio interview with Angie Martinez, he said, “I actually went to the house to write the songs. I’m on straight business focus mode… but you just look at her and be like (makes heart eyes). You look good! Stop!”
J.Lo was already in a whirlwind romance with A-Rod by this point, but she was said to find Chris Brown’s comments very flattering.
Chris Brown’s crush on J.Lo is kind of cute. The singer said he became nervous to speak to J.Lo the first time they met. It sounded like a real schoolboy crush!
Chris said, “Hey look, I might have stiffened up a little bit back when I was at the little show. There were a lot of people there, and I was nervous. My palms were sweaty. I said hi. But I like you, and I want you.” Steamy stuff!
Best Selling Artist
Chris Brown’s career needs no introduction; the artist has sold over 100 million records worldwide making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Recently, Brown has been branching out with his fashion line, as well as creating street art under the moniker Konfused.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t found the woman to share his success with just yet. Here’s hoping he’s not still pining after J.Lo, because she is seriously loved up and looking happier than ever with A-Rod!
Armando Christian Pérez AKA Pitbull
Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull have certainly had some steamy moments in the past, both performing on stage together and alongside each other in music videos, but people shouldn’t jump to conclusions. According to both of them, the relationship is strictly platonic, and they turn up the heat strictly for performances.
These two are actually very close friends behind the scenes, and Pitbull regularly calls J-Lo his ‘angel’ in interviews. It seems he’s a pitbull by name, but a puppy by nature!
She Is Drop-Dead Gorgeous
Pitbull might be one of J.Lo’s biggest fans, and he’s happy to lay the compliments on her. He once said, “She absolutely is drop-dead gorgeous and powerful and sophisticated and militant and diligent and a hard worker and that is why Jennifer is Jennifer.”
Perhaps the reason why their raunchy friendship never developed into a full-blown relationship is that they wanted to keep their artistry and still be able to collaborate. Thanks to that attitude, they continue to drop great tracks together!
Pitbull is Miami’s finest! The singer is beloved by his local fans, and across the globe, earning him the nickname Mr. Worldwide. He still regularly performs with J.Lo as well as other big names such as Akon, Flo Rida, and Kesha.
Pitbull rakes in cash thanks to his savvy use of endorsements. He’s been featured in campaigns by Pepsi, Walmart, and Kodak. The last time we saw Pitbull he appeared in the 2020 Super Bowl advert, where J.Lo also performed. Friends forever!
J.Lo and soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo have been associated since he showed up at J.Lo’s birthday party in Las Vegas in 2016. They reportedly have a very close relationship which leads people to question if they were more than just friends.
Apparently, Ronaldo denied the rumors, although he said he loves spending time with the singer. She even invited him to appear as a surprise at her cousin’s birthday party, who is a huge soccer fan. It’s good to have famous friends!
World’s Most Charitable Sportsperson
Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays for Italian team Juventus, as well as Portugal’s national team. Ronaldo is a philanthropist and was named the world’s most charitable sportsperson in 2015 after donating £5 million to the relief effort after the earthquake in Nepal.
Ronaldo is in a strong relationship with Spanish model Georgina Rodríguez. Georgina gave birth to their daughter Alana Martina in November 2017 and regularly relocates with Ronaldo all over the world for his work commitments.
J.Lo met baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez, AKA A-Rod, in 2005 when she was together with Marc Anthony, but the pair didn’t reconnect until they bumped into each other at a restaurant in 2017. And the rest is history!
They fell for each other hard, with A-Rod gushing that J.Lo is ‘an amazing woman’ and ‘an incredible mother.’ The world knew it was serious when they started sharing photos of their children all hanging out together in 2017. Do we hear wedding bells?
Their Best Selves
J.Lo and A-Rod’s relationship has been perfect, and it’s exactly what J.Lo deserves. Her first cryptic post with him featured just their feet on the couch watching a baseball game. Then there was the first outing together at the Met Gala and the romantic holiday in France. It seems like they were both saving their best selves for each other.
When J.Lo wrote “…you make me feel like a teenager all over again,” her fans swooned and knew wedding bells were just around the corner.
A Proposal Fit For A Queen
Fans of A-Rod and J.Lo were over the moon when the couple announced their engagement in March 2019. A-Rod popped the question on a beach in the Bahamas as the sun went down; a proposal fit for the queen that is Jennifer Lopez!
They received congratulations from celebs all over the world. The engagement party happened in 2019, and now the world waits eagerly for the wedding, which will surely be the most beautiful and lavish celebration of this decade.