All the feels and then some. Alex Rodriguez penned the sweetest note in honor of girlfriend Jennifer Lopez’s 49th birthday on Tuesday, July 24. The sports star is in the Bahamas with J.Lo and their kids to celebrate her big day.
“When we were kids, birthdays were exciting because it was all about the gifts we would be getting. A new bat, dance shoes, maybe a new CD (yes I’m old!). I see firsthand how that’s changed for Jennifer, and how she’s found joy in sharing with others,” he captioned a series of adorable pics of J-Lo on Instagram. “For someone who has been about giving everything she has 365 days a year—to our children, our families, the world—I hope today, we can give you all the happiness you deserve. I love you mucho Macha 13. ❤️.”
The couple, now known fittingly as “J-Rod,” started dating in March 2017 and have been inseparable ever since. In their cover story for the December 2017 issue of Vanity Fair, the power couple recalled their first date and initial attraction.
The “Ain’t Your Mama” singer, 48, bumped into the former New York Yankees player, 42, while having lunch in Beverly Hills at the time. “I almost yelled out, ‘Alex,’ but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that,” J.Lo told the magazine. “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.'”
They soon had lunch together and the rest is history, with the duo sparking engagement rumors almost every other week.
J.Lo also took to Instagram to celebrate her birthday, tagging a photo of herself looking amazing in a bikini while holding champagne alongside A-Rod and their kids “Current birthday situation... yup.”
Happy birthday, J.Lo!