Jennifer Lopez was reportedly wracked by trust issues with her fiancé Alex Rodriguez before she decided to end their relationship for good.
The 51-year-old actress was ‘miserable’ in the final days of their relationship and ‘didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex,’ People quoted a friend of hers on Wednesday.
Despite the difficult separation, Jennifer was still featured in a tribute video her ex Alex posted to Instagram on the same day celebrating his daughter Ella’s 13th birthday.
No trust: Jennifer Lopez, 51, was ‘miserable’ in her final days with Alex Rodriguez, 45, and broke up over ‘trust’ issues, People reported on Wednesday; seen in 2018 in NYC
According to Jennifer’s friend, she was in the driver’s seat when it came to ending the relationship, which they officially announced on April 15.
‘She insisted on it. There are are too many issues that are unresolved,’ they said.
Although Alex, 45, flew to the Dominican Republic — where she is filming the comedy Shotgun Wedding — to try to repair the fissures in their relationship, he couldn’t over her lack of ‘trust.’
‘She has been pretty miserable,’ her friend continued, ‘and didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex.’
‘She insisted [on the breakup]. There are are too many issues that are unresolved,’ a friend of Lopez said. ‘She has been pretty miserable,’ they added; seen in 2018 in NYC
Under the radar: Jennifer Lopez, 51, seemed to shade her ex Alex Rodriguez when she reportedly liked an Instagram post from Thursday calling out people who ‘manipulate’ their partners; seen together in 2018
The high-profile couple made a splash when they appeared together at the inauguration, but their loved-up demeanor belied problems that popped up after months of living in close proximity during the pandemic.
‘They both liked spending more time together as a family, but it was difficult to keep that special spark when they saw each other every day,’ another source said of the two.
It didn’t help that the Hustlers star was away in the Dominican Republic on her film set once rumors of A-Rod potential infidelities began to surface.
Although the cheating rumors were not the reason for the breakup, ‘whether or not he has cheated doesn’t matter,’ said an insider connected to Jennifer’s music career. ‘She won’t tolerate the fear of it in the air between them.’
Too much time together: Quarantine made it ‘difficult to keep that special spark when they saw each other every day,’ another source said; seen in 2018
Blended family: The split has also been difficult for their children, who had been living together at various points with the couple
The split has also been difficult for their children, who had been living together at various points with the couple.
Jennifer shares twins Emme and Max, 13, with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Alex has daughters Natasha, 16, and Ella, 13, with his ex Cynthia Scurtis.
‘They’re especially sad for the kids since they are all so close,’ Jennifer’s friend added. ‘It’s not a good situation but inevitable.’
Staying positive: ‘Jennifer has been in these difficult situations before. She is not one to sit around and cry,’ her friend continued. ‘Her kids make her the happiest. She is doing well’
Staying busy: Amid the breakup, Jennifer has been working steadily to film her comedy film Shotgun Wedding with Josh Duhamel in the Dominican Republic
Despite the difficulty of shaking up her personal life, the If You Had My Love singer is staying positive.
‘Jennifer has been in these difficult situations before. She is not one to sit around and cry,’ her friend continued. ‘Her kids make her the happiest. She is doing well.’
Her ex Marc has also been a great help in her tough times, which have cemented their co-parenting status.
‘Jennifer and Marc have a great relationship,’ her friend added. ‘Having him around while she has had to work abroad has been very comforting.’
Meanwhile, a Miami-based source familiar with the former couple says that Jennifer and Alex ‘will try to be friends’ and still have ‘respect’ for each other.
Amid the breakup, Jennifer has been working steadily to film her comedy film Shotgun Wedding with Josh Duhamel in the Dominican Republic.
She shared a set photo on Wednesday to her Insta Stories of herself in a busty beige dress as she posed with her masked producers Courtney Baxter and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
Better times: Alex included Jennifer in a sweet tribute video posted to Instagram on Wednesday for his daughter Ella’s 13th birthday
Memories: The clip featured plenty of cute family outings with her dad and sister Natasha, but Jennifer popped up twice in affectionate photos with the newly minted teenager
The former Yankee shortstop seemed to show off that respect when he included his ex in a sweet video he posted to Instagram on Wednesday in honor of his daughter Ella’s 13th birthday.
The clip featured plenty of cute family outings with her dad and sister Natasha, but Jennifer popped up twice in affectionate photos with the newly minted teenager.
The Out Of Sight star had Ella on her lap as she embraced her in a lovely black-and-white picture taken from a photoshoot.
Jennifer also was seen chatting with Ella while both sat on the floor and were casually dressed.
Loving parent: The Yankee star serenaded his daughter in his sweet caption
Big day: ‘I just can’t believe my Ella Bella turns 13 today. My baby girl is officially a teenager!!’ he wrote
In his caption, Alex wrote: ’13. Wow. That number has meant a lot to me over the years, but today, it’s even more special than ever.
‘I just can’t believe my Ella Bella turns 13 today. My baby girl is officially a teenager!!’ he continued.
‘Ella — everyday you amaze me more than I could have ever imagined. You are smart, mature, talented, caring, and funny. I am so proud of the young woman you are becoming and so lucky and grateful to be your dad. I love you so much ❤️.’
‘Happy magical 13th birthday sweetheart!’ added the baseball legend.
Family: Alex shares Ella and her 16-year-old sister Natasha with his ex Cynthia Scurtis