Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez officially split: 'We are better as friends'

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  • Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially called it quits after four years together.
  • Rumours first surfaced that the couple had split back in March, but they denied the break-up saying they were "working through some things".
  • Now, releasing an official statement, the couple say: "We are better as friends and look forward to remaining so."

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez said on Thursday they're throwing in the towel, after weeks of rumours that their relationship was on the rocks.

"We have realised we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so," the pair calling off their two-year engagement said in a statement to CBS's the Today show.

"We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects," the statement said. 

"We wish the best for each other and one another's children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."

The singer and former baseball player were together for nearly four years and last year bought a $40 million home in Miami.

In March they had denied a flurry of reports declaring their break-up, saying they were "working through some things".

But when the Let's Get Loud singer - who has been on location in the Dominican Republic filming the movie Shotgun Wedding - posted a series of selfies sans enormous engagement ring, speculation surfaced anew.

Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez

JLo has three previous marriages, including to pop star and salsa sensation Marc Anthony, with whom she has twins.

She and A-Rod, who played professional baseball for more than two decades including for the New York Yankees, first went public with their relationship in May 2017 at the Met Gala.

In January 2021 they were spotted canoodling at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration, where JLo performed.

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