How Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez First Met Is A Funny Story

When it comes to Hollywood power couples, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are just perfection. The sultry singer/actress and the baseball legend have been in and out of the same circles for years but only connected on a romantic level in 2016. Since then, the couple has shared the sweetest photographs and messages of one another, and they even did an incredible interview together for Vanity Fair in the fall of 2017.

Stil, there is one thing the stunning duo can’t seem to agree on, and that’s how they met. It turns out it’s a pretty funny story.

An intriguing first date

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

Rodriguez was apparently very talkative on their first date. | Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images

Though A-Rod and J.Lo had known each other in passing, their initial first date brought out a different side of the couple, especially Rodriguez. On their first date, the pair found themselves at dinner, though the former Yankee wasn’t actually sure it was a date at the time.

Lopez explained to Vanity Fair,

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.

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.

Next: Lopez’s relationship requirement 

The way to her heart

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the 'World of Dance Celebration', in Los Angeles, California, on September 19, 2017.

He knows answering her phone calls is a top priority. | Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/AFP/Getty Images

Obviously, with a Las Vegas residency, a couple of TV shows, motherhood, and a ton of other things on her plate, Lopez will only make time for someone who is serious about her. According to Rodriguez, there is one way to the “Jenny from the Block” songstress’ heart, and that is answering her phone calls.

On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he explained, “If she calls me and I don’t pick up, forget it. I’ve been in board meetings and (said), “Time out, board. You got to answer her call.”

Next: Taking their time 

Taking it one day at a time

Jennifer Lopez is wearing a blue dress next to Alex Rodriguez who is in a tux.

The two see a future together.| Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Rodriguez and Lopez are obviously enjoying one another. They are blending their families, attending events, and ignoring cheating rumors. However, they are not trying to rush things.

In 2017, a source close to the couple explained to US Weekly, “They’ve been talking about the future and, of course, marriage has come up. They aren’t making wedding plans, but they have been talking about their lives.”

Next: A big step towards forever 

Sealing the deal

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez participate in the phone bank during "One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief"

The two just purchased a luxurious Manhattan condo. | Evans Vestal Ward /Getty Images

Though Lopez and Rodriguez aren’t rushing down the aisle anytime soon, they are moving forward with their relationship. Variety is reporting the New York natives recently purchased a $17.5 million, 3-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom condo in Midtown Manhattan. Their unit takes up half of the 36th floor in the 96-story building.

According to Variety, the new residence includes “valet parking, an attended lobby with doorman and concierge services, a games parlor, a state-of-the-art screening room, a health club and spa with a building-wide indoor swimming pool, and a residents’ restaurant where three meals a day are served from an open kitchen under 15-foot-long chandeliers hung from a 30-foot ceiling.”

Sounds luxurious to us.

Next: A simple hello

Her version of their meet-cute

Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes After Party presented by FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier and Marie Claire at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Jennifer Lopez remembers their first meeting one way. | Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for FIJI Water

In the spring of 2017, Lopez appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and shared the encounter that sparked their smoldering romance. She recalled, “I was having a Cobb salad and some soup. I saw him walk by, and then afterward I went outside. But for some reason, I felt like tapping him on the shoulder and saying hi. I said, “Hi, Alex” and he said, “Hi, Jennifer.” That’s how we met.”

For Lopez, it seems like a pretty straightforward story, but according to Rodriguez, he was actually way more frazzled and distracted then he let on.

Next: His side of the story 

The luckiest day of his life

Alex Rodriguez speaks during a news conference

He recalls the moment a little differently. | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Though Rodriguez is an All-Star and a legend, like anyone, he was flustered when Lopez approached him. On an April 2018 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he shared his own version of events. In fact, Rodriguez recalled being frazzled and annoyed because he’d forgotten where he’d parked his car when Lopez tapped him on the shoulder.

He explained, “I do not recognize this person, and its Jennifer, but she’s dressed up as Harlee from Shades of Blue. And she’s in her jeans and her big boots, and it took me about four, five seconds and she said, “It’s Jennifer, It’s Jennifer!” “Oh my god, Jennifer. You look beautiful!”

Next: Obsessed

Still in the honeymoon stage

Actress Jennifer Lopez and former MLB player Alex Rodriguez attend the super welterweight boxing match

The couple is still going strong. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

No matter how they pair actually met, over a year later, they are still hot and heavy with one another, and they don’t seem to be cooling off anytime soon.

An insider recently told People, “They are definitely getting more serious. A-Rod flew to L.A. before the weekend to be with Jennifer. She was ecstatic to see him. When apart, they speak every day. It’s like they can’t get enough of each other.”

We’re obsessed.

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