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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez opened up about how their relationship started in their cover story for the December 2017 issue of Vanity Fair.

The singer run into him last year while having lunch in Beverly Hills. “I almost yelled out, ‘Alex,’ but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that,” she told the publication. “I could literally just have walked away. But I walk over and tap him on the shoulder and say, ‘Hey.’ I had just come from a promo for my show, Shades of Blue, so I’m dressed like my character, like a boy — Timberlands, jeans, curly short hair. He looks at me. I say, ‘It’s Jennifer.’ He says, ‘You look so beautiful.’”

“He was sitting there in his white shirt, very confident and manly, but then he was just so talkative!” Lopez recalled. “I think he thought I was going to be this loud person, but I’m not. I just listen. So he’s talking, talking about his plans, about how he had just retired from baseball, about how he saw himself getting married again, all these things you wouldn’t normally talk about on a first date. I don’t know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date.”

“Maybe we were seeing each other at night because of her work schedule? I went in uneasy, not knowing her situation,” Rodriguez confessed, adding that he thought it would be “incredibly productive” to have dinner with “one of the smartest, greatest women in the world” either way. “I thought it would be a win-win no matter what.”

“She told me around the third or fourth inning that she was single,” Rodriguez remembered. “I had to get up and go re-adjust my thoughts. I went to the bathroom and got enough courage to send her a text.”

“We are very much twins,” Rodriguez said of his girlfriend. “We’re both Leos; we’re both from New York; we’re both Latino and about 20 other things.”

“I understand him in a way that I don’t think anyone else could, and he understands me in a way that no one else could ever,” Lopez said. “In his 20s, he came into big success with the biggest baseball contract [at the time]. I had a No. 1 movie and a No. 1 album and made history. We both had ups and downs and challenges in our 30s, and by our 40s we’d both been through so much. And more importantly than anything, we had both done a lot of work on ourselves.”

“The most impressive thing to me was how he did pick himself up and take that opportunity to make himself a better person,” Lopez added, looking back on the struggles they had both had in their last. “The hardest times prove who you are. That’s what I love and admire the most about Alex. He doesn’t let anything beat him. He just comes back stronger.”

“We had to grow and discover ourselves first,” Lopez said. “A lot of people I’ve met in my life, they don’t appreciate what they’re doing and how amazing it is … not the greatness of the house, but the moment of sitting there with someone you love, with a family, with healthy kids.”

“We’re really good at reminding each other [to appreciate life],” Rodriguez said.

Read the whole piece at VanityFair.com

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