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JLo and ARod announce they ended their engagement and are ‘better as friends’

JENNIFER Lopez and Alex Rodriguez announced they ended their engagement and are "better as friends."

The celebrity couple had put their wedding plans on hold a month ago after rumors began to swirl that the baseball superstar was talking to other women.

In a statement to the Today Show, the former couple said: "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.

"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."

This sad news comes a few days after Jennifer, 51, was spotted without her engagement ring.

She had posted a series of photos on Instagram, as she took a break from filming in the Dominican Republic, where her bling was visibly missing.

Alongside the images, she wrote: "Keep calm and work on the weekend," before tagging her movie Shotgun Wedding.

Previously, former baseball player Alex "flew to the Dominican Republic" so that he could "spend some time" with JLo amid his cheating scandal.

They are working to save their relationship after rumors that he may have cheated with Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy, an allegation they have both denied.

JLo's friends revealed ARod is trying to win her back with flowers, calls and even promised to go to therapy.

But a source said the hitmaker still doesn't trust him, and ARod, 45, is pretending everything is okay between them.

The insider said: "He is sending flowers, calling, flying to see her, but she feels it doesn't make any sense to be together after hearing that he was talking to other women and discovering the NDAs he had women sign.

"She loves Alex, but she can't accept his cheating no matter what. He knows he has messed this up, and their future is crumbling.

"She's working right now and doesn't have time to deal with this."

Sadly, despite not trusting him fully, the last straw when the cheating allegations began to come out.

A source close to the singer told The Sun: "Jennifer feels she just can’t trust Alex and she doesn’t want to be embarrassed anymore.

"These latest cheating rumors are the final straw. Everyone knows she can do better and doesn’t deserve this."

While Madison, 31, has denied allegations of an affair, her Bravo costar Shep Rose claimed that she previously "bragged" about speaking to the athlete.

Amid all the chaos, it was also reported that ARod and JLo had originally planned to tie the knot in the town of Positano in Italy last summer.

The source told Page Six: “The wedding was planned for the beginning of June in Italy.

 "It was going to be a big multi-day affair, and then they planned another smaller event in the Hamptons in August. Both were canceled.”

Earlier this month, with rumors of a split in full force, JLo took to TikTok to clear things up, as during a montage of her greatest moments she showed headlines suggesting she's broken up with ARod and said, "You're dumb."

An insider previously told E! News that the pair's children - four in total - are close, saying: "The idea of untangling it all seems like such a massive undertaking that she doesn't want to exit the relationship too quickly."

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