A-Rod and J.Lo Engaged After Two Years of Dating, Sparking Congratulations and Accusations

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It’s a New York fairy tale: A Dominican-American boy from Washington Heights who sits on the panel of Shark Tank proposes marriage to a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx who sits on the panel of her show World of Dance. We’re of course talking about former New York Yankees shortstop and third baseman Alex Rodriguez and world-famous dancer-actress-singer-producer Jennifer Lopez. The two announced their engagement to their social media followers over the weekend with a snapshot of a ginormous emerald-cut stone on J.Lo’s finger at dusk on a beach in the Bahamas, where they have been spending the past few days. The ring has already sparked dozens of J.Lo engagement ring slideshows across the media. This is Lopez’s fifth engagement.

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People Magazine spoke to a “source close to them” that suggested the engagement was a complete surprise. “Very few people knew Alex planned on proposing. It was very much a surprise for Jennifer,” but that she and her close circle of friends and family were “ecstatic.” Ellen DeGeneres, who had gifted Lopez a clock shortly after the couple passed their two-year anniversary, has been anticipating their engagement though and quickly offered to be her Maid of Honor over Instagram.  

Less than 24 hours elapsed before a saboteur came out of the woodwork, spoiling the happy headlines of the engagement with accusations of infidelity. Former MLB player Jose Canseco tweeted out on Sunday that he was watching J.Lo text A-Rod on her show World of Dance, and that “little does she know that he is cheating on her with my ex-wife Jessica poor girl she has no idea who he really is.” Canseco’s beef with Rodriguez dates back to over a decade ago when Canseco had originally accused him of having an affair with his wife-at-the-time Jessica Sekely. He specifically recalls being with Sekely at the time that she received a phone call from Rodriguez and has cited their purported affair as a reason why he outed Rodriguez for meeting with a steroid dealer, according to the Daily Beast.

Canseco continued to send out inflammatory tweets, calling A-Rod a “piece of shit,” challenging him to an MMA fight, and leaving Lopez his personal number so that they could talk about the truth, before ultimately insisting, “I am willing to take a polygraph to prove that what I’m saying about Alex Rodriguez is 100% accurate.”