Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez were spotted having dinner over the weekend at the same restaurant where they enjoyed their first date in 2017 a week after officially confirming their split.
The hotel’s ritzy Wolfgang Puck restaurant – where entrees range from a $36 stuffed acorn squash to a $155 Wagyu steak – holds special significance from the pair as the site of their first date four years ago.
Lopez, 51, and Rodriguez, 45, confirmed they had called off their engagement on April 15 after weeks of denying the news.
‘We have realized we are better as friends … We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects,’ they said in a joint statement.
Eight days later they followed through with that promise to keep things friendly with their dinner on Friday.
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez were spotted having dinner on Friday at the same restaurant where they enjoyed their first date in 2017 a week after officially confirming their split. The couple are pictured together on the red carpet in January 2020
The former couple met up for a meal at the five-star Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles (pictured)
‘There still seemed to be love and respect there,’ a source who witnessed the dinner told Page Six.
The newspaper said Lopez, who just finished filming her latest movie Shotgun Wedding in the Dominican Republic, owns a $28million mansion near the Hotel Bel-Air.
The starlet gushed about the first time she met Rodriguez at the Hollywood hot-spot in a 2017 cover story for Vanity Fair.
‘I don’t know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date,’ she said.
‘Then I knew he was nervous because he asked me if I wanted a drink. I said: “No, I don’t drink,” and he asked if I minded if he had one. He was nervous, and it was really cute.’
Rodriguez chimed in: ‘I didn’t know if it was a date … Maybe we were seeing each other at night because of her work schedule.’
At one point in the evening Rodriguez stepped away from the table and texted Lopez: ‘You look sexy AF,’ the couple told Vanity Fair.
The night took an unexpected turn when ‘the fire alarm went off, and we had to evacuate,’ Lopez recounted.
Lopez and Rodriguez are pictured together in New York City early in their relationship in 2017
The interior of the Wolfgang Puck restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air is pictured above
After their less eventful dinner on Friday, Rodriguez flew back to Miami to celebrate his daughter Ella’s 13th birthday, according to his Instagram account.
The former MLB star posted several photos of himself with Ella, writing in the caption: ‘My little baby girl is 13… Where does the time go?’
He also shared a photo of a mirror with the words: ‘Today I’m choosing to accept the things I cannot change.’
Rodriguez is said to be in the middle of a deal to become co-owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He’s reportedly continuing to work on undisclosed projects with Lopez despite their split.
Lopez and Rodriguez’s split has also been difficult for their children, who had been living together at various points with the couple
Last week sources close to Lopez said she is ‘leaning’ on her ex-husband Marc Anthony – with whom she co-parents 13-year-old twins Max and Emme – in the wake of the break-up with Rodriguez.
‘Jennifer and Marc have a great relationship,’ a source told People of her close bond with her husband from 2004 to 2014. ‘Having him around while she has had to work abroad has been very comforting.’
Lopez took to Instagram on Saturday to share a throwback video of herself on the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, where she took home the Video Vanguard Award.
‘Energy for the weekend,’ she wrote in the caption in an apparent nod to the Oscars on Sunday.
Last week sources close to Lopez said she is ‘leaning’ on her ex-husband Marc Anthony (pictured together in 2005) in the wake of the break-up with Rodriguez
Lopez recently finished filming her latest movie Shotgun Wedding in the Dominican Republic with Josh Duhamel and Lenny Kravitz (pictured)
Lopez was reportedly wracked by trust issues with Rodriguez before she decided to end their relationship for good.
The 51-year-old actress was ‘miserable’ in the final days of their relationship and ‘didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex,’ People quoted a friend of hers on Wednesday.
Now the star wants to find a man she can trust, according to a Thursday report from UsWeekly.
‘J.Lo was always aware of the rumors of him cheating or him messaging other girls. You can say that for sure [that] played a part in why the engagement ended,’ the source said, referring to his alleged exchange with Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy, 30.
‘She wants someone who’s fully invested in her and someone she can trust when her partner is not around.’
Lopez was reportedly wracked by trust issues with Rodriguez before she decided to end their relationship for good. The couple are pictured together in February