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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, or, as Vanity Fair dubs them, “J-Rod,” are one of Hollywood’s hottest couples, but their dating history isn’t without its flukes. For the magazine’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith-esque November cover, which was photographed by Mario Testino, the pair opened up about their first date to writer Bethany McLean.
Rodriguez, who wasn’t even sure if they were on a date or just catching up, recalls excusing himself to use the restroom when he heard that Lopez was single. It was from the bathroom of Hotel Bel Air that he made his move. Recalls Lopez, “So I’m sitting there and he’s walking back, and I get a text…. It says… ‘You look sexy AF.’ ” Charming!
A conventional definition of smooth may have you believe that things would all be downhill from there, but lucky for Rodriguez, a “sexy AF” text was all it took to woo one of the most successful women in entertainment. Well, that and their commonalities: “We are very much twins,” Rodriguez said, using a familial analogy we wouldn’t usually suggest when describing a significant other. “We’re both Leos; we’re both from New York; we’re both Latino and about 20 other things.”
Other revealing quirks detailed in the profile include Rodriguez’s love of baseball metaphors — he recalls the timeline of their first date by innings (“she told me around the third or fourth inning that she was single”), and refers to overcoming personal challenges as “rounding first base” — and Lopez’s unique strategy for plowing through a difficult workout. At the crescendo of an extremely challenging kettlebell class, McLean writes that the 48-year-old coped by casually busting out in song.
Lopez and Rodriguez have had their fair share of headline-making relationships in the past (remember, of course, the original Bennifer and Rodriguez’s relationship with another icon, Madonna), but they believe this one will be the one that lasts. Adds Lopez, “I understand him in a way that I don’t think anyone else could.”
Out of two often surreal lives, @JLo and @ARod are managing to make one wonderfully real life. He says, “We are very much twins.” She says, “I understand him in a way that I don’t think anyone else could.” Read Vanity Fair’s latest cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by @MarioTestino.
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