In their first year together, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have been all but inseparable: Together, they've covered magazines, blended their families, headed up charity efforts, and stepped out for regular date nights. The one thing they haven't done together, despite nearly constant rumors claiming otherwise, is get engaged. As J.Lo explained in the April 2018 issue of Harper's Bazaar, while marriage is definitely not out of the question for her and A-Rod, for now, they're happy taking things one day at a time.
"I do believe in marriage," Lopez told the magazine. (The 48-year-old has been divorced three times, and Rodriguez, 42, has been divorced.) "And I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I'm not forcing anything right now." She continued, "It's good, it's healthy; we communicate well. We understand each other's lives in a way that most other people couldn't. We both entered the public eye in our early 20s and overachieved right from the start. And that affects every dynamic in your life, from your family to your work to your relationships. We have a similar makeup."
Married or not, thanks to her relationship with Rodriguez and her incredibly successful career, Lopez said she's currently feeling happy and fulfilled for pretty much the first time in her life. "When I was younger, I spent a lot of time being half happy and half not happy," she said. But now, "I know who I am and what I want. I also know my strengths and weaknesses. It took me a long time to get to a point where I could say something nice about myself. I'm glad I can do that now."
The duo knew they had something special almost immediately. Just two months into their relationship—their anniversary is February 3, as J.Lo revealed during a performance on the night of their one-year milestone—Lopez and Rodriguez were reportedly already discussing the idea of marriage. "They've been talking about the future, and of course marriage has come up," a source told Us Weekly last April. "They aren't making wedding plans, but they have been talking about their lives."