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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.

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    J.Lo first met the former professional baseball player in 2005. They began dating in 2017 and were engaged two years later.

    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
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    "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects," they said in a joint statement originally shared with Today"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."

    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
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    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
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    Alex has two teenage daughters, Natasha and Ella.

    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.

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

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