It’s pretty clear to anyone with half a brain that Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez are an endgame couple. Fans might still be waiting on that elusive engagement announcement, but, having blended their families together and reportedly started house hunting, the music A-lister and baseball star have made it clear that they’re in it for the long run.
But, while J.Lo and A.Rod are thinking about a future together, the music legend has admitted that she feels fortunate that they don’t have more of a past. In a new interview, J.Lo revealed that she’s glad to have not met Alex any earlier in life, as they wouldn’t have had the same “successful relationship” that they share today.
With refreshing honesty, Jennifer told Grazia magazine that the couple, who met while both in their 40s, probably would have struggled to stay together when they were younger.
The Second Act star shared: “[Alex] has said it was too crazy, and I didn’t know him back then, so I am going to take his word for it. And I needed to bounce around a little bit and figure myself out.”
J.Lo, who has previously been married three times, explained that it’s only now, at 49, that she’s in the right frame of mind for happiness with Alex. “I wasn’t ready for the healthiest things, because I needed to figure out how to be healthy first—how to have self-worth, value, deal with my insecurities,” she said.
So really, Alex, you could say she's glad when you walk you hold her hand, she's happy that you know how to be a man, she's glad that you came into her life, she's so glad. Arguably the best song of 2002.
So, if you’re heading into the new year feeling 50 shades of miserable about past relationships and hopeless about a future one, focus on her words of wisdom and remember to channel J.Lo. In fact, remember to channel J.Lo anyway, whatever’s going on for you.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified Alex Rodriguez as a basketball player.
For more celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter.