JUST DAYS ago Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were basking in engagement bliss as she showed off her whopping £3.5m sparkler.
But just 48 hours after the romantic announcement on Instagram, the dream was shattered when the ex-baseball player was accused of cheating on the singer with his former team mate’s ex-wife.
His old New York Yankees team mate Jose Canseco claimed the baseball star had been recently seeing his ex-wife Jessica Sekely.
But she’s not the only woman Alex, 43 – known as A Rod – has been said to have had an affair with.
He’s had a string of famous exes – including Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson – but he’s also been accused of cheating with strippers, prostitutes “two at a time and twice a week” and models who have given colourful accounts of threesomes and dressing up in school girl outfits.
He’s also been linked to A-listers Madonna and Demi Moore while in existing relationships.
While he has always denied cheating accusations, this latest allegation doesn’t surprise Hollywood insiders.
A source tells Sun Online that three-times married J-Lo, 49, who has two children from her relationship with Marc Anthony and last year vowed never to wed again, was well aware of his reputation before she accepted the engagement ring.
They said: “He chased high profile women like Madonna and Kate Hudson in the hopes they could somehow tame him, somehow make him be loyal. But it never worked.”
“She knew about the rumours but he insisted to her that he had changed. Her friends warned her that a leopard never changes its spots, but she is a romantic. And he has been very sweet with her.
“But J-Lo is not an idiot, she knew when she took up with A-Rod that he had a reputation for cheating on his girlfriends.
“Still, deep down there are questions about whether he is really ready to settle down.”
Here we reveal the relationships that have landed ‘Stray-Rod’ in hot water before.
Cheats on wife with Madonna and strippers
As a rising baseball player, Alex met Cynthia Scurtis in a Miami gym in 1996 when she was a psychology student. They married in 2002.
But, it wasn’t long before cheating rumours plagued the star.
He was accused of having sex with a “mystery blonde” who was later identified as Toronto stripper and former Playboy model Joslyn Noel Morse.
In the same year, a Boston-based stripper-turned-hairdresser, Candice Houlihan, claimed she’d had a “two-night stand” with the player.
“A leopard doesn’t change his spots,” she said at the time, explaining that he approached her at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox.
“He introduced himself, asked me who I was and if I wanted to meet up for drinks later. I was like, ‘Hell, yeah!’” she said. They met up for tequila shots and cocktails before returning to his hotel room to have sex.
She said the pair hooked up again a few months later for other “sizzling nights of passion” when he was back in town.
During his marriage to Cynthia, he was also linked to fitness model and former Miss Bikini Universe, Alicia Marie, who claimed to the New York Daily News that they would hang out alone at each other’s apartments.
She said they shared a physical attraction to each other because “he admires people who work their bodies into perfection”.
Despite rumours, she insisted they were just friends and had never had sex.
Cynthia stood by him, but when their second daughter Ella arrived in 2008, the rumblings of extra-marital affairs once again emerged – this time with none other than Madonna.
The singer, then 49, had struck up an unlikely friendship with the 32-year-old sports star who was 17 years her junior, and they were accused of enjoying “late-night dalliances”.
“He told her to stay as long as you want,” a friend told New York Daily News.
And a friend claimed Alex and Madonna dated while she was married to director Guy Ritchie – between 2000 and 2008 – which she denied.
Cynthia, then 34, filed for divorce in 2008. “She has reached the end of her ability to tolerate his continued marital misconduct,” her lawyer Earle Lilly said.
His wife reportedly told friends he was obsessed with Madonna, who it was claimed had “brainwashed” him with the ancient Jewish religion Kabbalah, and to whom he is believed to have professed, “You are my true soul mate”.
The pop star denied they had had a fling, stating: “I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage.”
However, Cynthia wasn’t convinced and the couple called it quits for good in September 2008.
Shortly after, A-Rod and Madonna were rumoured to have been on a string of dates together.
Kate Hudson breaks up with him over Madonna and model
Alex began dating Kate Hudson, then 29, in 2009.
However, they soon started arguing over his continued close relationship to Madonna.
“Kate was mad with jealousy. She gave A-Rod three chances to stop contacting Madonna. How would you feel if your new boyfriend kept calling his ex?” a source claimed to a US magazine when he split with the then-30-year-old actress after less than a year.
“She said that if Madonna is what A-Rod wants then she can have him. It broke her heart to break up with him, but she didn’t have any choice.”
However, before Kate called time on their relationship, Alex is reported to have already started seeing a model from Florida, Elaine Spottswood, who is nine years younger than him. The pair are believed to have dated into 2010.
Threesomes and prostitutes leaving Cameron Diaz heartbroken
The star dated the A-list actress, now 46, from 2010 to 2011 – but within months of their relationship going public he was supposedly already straying.
He was said to have invited pairs of prostitutes for threesomes at his £22k-a-month rental apartment in New York – right by neighbours Sting and Denzel Washington – according to book House Of Outrageous Fortune by Michael Gross.
“He got hookers all the time. Usually two at a time, two times a week. One time he had two go up, they came down and left, and 10 minutes later, Cameron Diaz walks in,” a building worker told the New York Post.
After Alex and Cameron had been dating for a year, the player is alleged to have started cheating with Lauren Hunter, the ex-wife of a former football star, after they met in the exclusive Equinox gym in West Hollywood.
“I slept with him and then he went to the MTV Awards with Cameron,” the 34-year-old mum-of-three told the National Equirer. “She looked really sad.”
She added of her time as his mistress in 2011 that he is “very into threesomes” and “voyeurism,” and also likes “rough sex” and “schoolgirl uniforms”.
Lauren said of their 12-hour sex marathons: “He likes me to always wear heels and lingerie and outfits, dress up as a schoolgirl.”
She claimed that she was offered £15,000-a-month to have a threesome with him and his then long-term partner – who she didn’t name.
“Everything about him is passionate and loving and sweet, he’ll kiss your hair and cuddle,” she added.
“But sex is not soft and gentle, he’s rough. He is good in bed, and well endowed.”
Meanwhile, Cameron referenced her “heartbreak” after their split, saying: “When I was going through a bit of a heartbreak a little while ago, I said to a friend, ‘Wow, this really hurts!’”
While promoting her film The Other Woman in 2014, Cameron told OK!: “Everybody has been cheated on, everyone will be cheated on. I can’t fix that, I don’t know how, I don’t have any judgement on anybody, I don’t know how to fix the problem.”
Dinner with Demi Moore while dating Torrie Wilson
Alex started dating Torrie Wilson, the WWE wrestler and former Miss Galaxy, in late 2011.
However, he was spied on what was alleged to be a dinner date in Manhattan’s West Village with fellow actress – and Madonna’s good friend – Demi Moore in 2012, shortly after her split with Ashton Kutcher.
Torrie and Alex split for good in 2015 over his “flirtations” with other women, and closeness to his wife Cynthia.
“‘Alex and Torrie would fight over his flirtations with other women, and he wasn’t ready to settle down again,” a source told Page Six.
Flings while dating J-Lo
The former sports star’s former mistress Lauren also claimed he has been been cheating on Jennifer since the start of their relationship in early 2017 – at the same time as he announced his retirement from professional baseball.
“All the months up until they started seeing each other, maybe February or March, he was always inviting me places,” Lauren told the National Enquirer.
“A week before his relationship with J. Lo was announced, he was asking me to go to Miami. When I found out I texted him.”
She noted that he hadn’t even mentioned that he was seeing the star and when she asked him if the relationship was real over FaceTime “he just stuck his tongue out. When he made the face, that made me think it was fake”.
She added: “I don’t think he’s sexually attracted to her. In bed with J.Lo, he’s probably picturing me.”
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Around the same time, TMZ alleged that Alex had been contacted by a woman demanding £460,000 that he had previously dated – and who alleged there was a cross-over with J-Lo and who was threatening to release text messages from the time.
It was reported that J-Lo was standing with him throughout the allegations as she “empathises having gone through similar situations in her past”.
Now, the couple have been hit by fresh affair allegations – can Alex weather another cheating storm?