They both bring to the table inimitable talents, international fame, wealth beyond belief—and very public relationship histories that are as storied, twisty-turny and tabloid-friendly as they come.
Interestingly, though they were almost never on the same page (albeit apart and while in other relationships), they've experienced similarly wavering levels of devotion and commitment over the years, depending on the situation; they were just famous ships in the night, one going through this while the other was going through that, and so on.1994An 18-year-old Rodriguez makes his major league debut at shortstop with the Seattle Mariners on July 8, 1994, the youngest position player in Mariners history.
They like to pay attention to the elaborately entwined sprawl of the place, making Carrie Mathison red-string connections between celebrities (and, probably, civilians), divining romances, feuds, etc.
But I can’t imagine having the sense to click over to the other window to see who is liking other people’s stuff. For so many people like me, Instagram is such a profound expression of self-punishment that it’s anathema to the whole experience that we would care what other people are doing on other people’s feeds. Rodriguez has a long history of dating movie stars (Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Charlotte Rampling—well, two of the three, anyway) and Lopez has a long history of dating younger men. Geographically I’m not sure how they’re making that work. Noa would come back to haunt Lopez years later; they wound up in court as she successfully managed to thwart his intention to release a tell-all book, which would have been a violation of the confidentiality agreement they had signed when they split up.Noa, who also claimed to have juicy video of the two shot on their honeymoon, would accuse Lopez of also being indiscreet in 2011, claiming her song "One Love" was about him."Took a shot, with the bad boy from the block / Picked my love right from the start / Mister wrong, he plays his part."Sounds familiar, but bad boys are a dime a dozen in song lyrics.1998A-Rod joins the rarefied 40-40 club, hitting 42 home runs and stealing 46 bases."This is not to take anything away from Cris or Ojani, who are wonderful people and who I loved very much—but I think it more had to do with me...being in such a crazy life and needing a sense of security."Affleck's different though, she says."What I knew that was different this time is that I was just more scared...Though her most memorable support system was whatever kept the wardrobe malfunctions away in her plunging-every-which-way Versace gown, Combs is with Lopez too at the 2000 Grammys on Feb. Still, he again leads the American League in home runs, with 52, and becomes the first player since 1932 with at least 50 homers and 200 hits in a season.The unfortunate excitement of 1999 rears its head when Combs goes on trial on weapons charges in March and Lopez is asked to testify. I went to the party because I was invited and I was in town."Waiting for Tonight" comes out as the album's third single in November and critics consider it to this day to perhaps be her best song. 27, Combs and Lopez were both at Club New York when gunfire broke out—they were both briefly taken into custody and Combs and rapper Shyne ended up facing weapon-related charges.Combs insisted he neither carried a gun nor owned a gun."That was one of the worst nights of my life," Lopez said on 2000Rodriguez is named Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America and becomes a free agent. 12, he signs a 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers worth 2 million, then the most lucrative contract in sports history. Lo this year, her Grammys moment propelling her into yet another stage of her career in which she tended to melt everything she touched, so legendary became her hotness.2001Apparently A-Rod regrets signing with the Rangers, wishing he'd signed with the Mets, but he doesn't reveal that until years later.the trunk of a car) with George Clooney, who plays the bank robber her federal agent is chasing.1999Despite being sidelined part of the season with injuries, Rodriguez becomes the youngest player at the time to hit 100 home runs, at 23 years and 309 days old.Lopez releases her debut single, "If You Had My Love," and while making her first album, (which drops June 1), she meets and starts dating Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs.