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    Alex Rodriguez Said He's Focusing On His Kids And "Grateful" For His Former Relationship With Jennifer Lopez

    "I had five years of an incredible life and partnership."

    Before whispers of a possible romantic reunion between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck started to circulate, she and Alex Rodriguez confirmed they'd ended their relationship after about four years together.

    Jennifer and Alex announced their decision to break up this past April, after previously denying rumors published earlier by a handful of news outlets that suggested the pair was no longer together.

    Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are photographed at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

    Neither Alex nor Jennifer said much more about their split publicly — unless we count A-Rod's post-breakup Instagram post featuring photos of Jen and "Fix You" by Coldplay — after the statement was published.

    Alex Rodriguez is pictured outside in New York City in July of 2021

    But in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Alex offered some rare comments about how he and his kids are doing now, with the relationship a few months in hindsight.

    Alex Rodriguez is photographed walking in New York City in August of 2021

    Overall, he seems to be doing well. "I had five years of an incredible life and partnership and also with my daughters, we learned so much," Alex said. "And now we have the opportunity to take that and move forward and say, 'You know what? We're so grateful for the last five years, how do we make the next five years better because of lessons learned?'"

    A-Rod's latest interview comes about a month after Bennifer's Instagram debut, in the midst of ongoing attention paid to their rekindled partnership, and on the heels of J.Lo deleting all remaining photos of her ex from social media.

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are photographed on a boat in Amalfi, Italy

    What do you all think of A-Rod's reflections? Let me know in the comments below.