'You Look Sexy AF': How Alex Rodriguez Wooed Jennifer Lopez on First Date -- Before a Fire Alarm Ruined It
Mario Testino
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's Romance in Pictures

J.Lo reads the bold text her MLB star boyfriend sent her on their first date, which was interrupted by a fire alarm.

If Jennifer Lopez didn't make the first move, she might not be living out a fairytale romance with Alex Rodriguez, her beau of almost one year.

"It was just one of those things where you feel compelled to do something you wouldn't normally do," Lopez told Vanity Fair for the magazine's December issue. "I could literally just have have walked away, but I walk over and tap him on the shoulder and say, 'Hey.'"

For those interested in the origin of the power couple -- including a very bold text from Rodriguez in the middle of their first date -- here are the best nuggets from the interview all about their relationship.

How They Reconciled After Meeting 12 Years Ago

Lopez and Rodriguez have been going strong since February, but it turns out the duo only started dating because Lopez made the first move.

The triple threat star was on her lunch break while filming a "Shades of Blue" promo in Beverly Hills and noticed Rodriguez walking by. She remembers wanting to yell out his name, but claims that she couldn't because she is the "shyest person when it comes to things like that." But once she finished up and walked outside, he was still standing there so she decided to take that as a sign, gain some confidence and make a move.

"I could literally just have walked away," Lopez said. "But I walk over and tap him on the shoulder and say, 'Hey.'"

Lopez met Rodriguez 12 years earlier when her husband at the time, Marc Anthony, threw out the first pitch at one of Rodriguez's games. Lopez said she was embarrassed to approach the retired slugger since she was still dressed as her "Shades of Blue" character with Timberlands, jeans and curly short hair.

"He looks at me. I say, 'It's Jennifer.' He says, 'You look so beautiful.'"

Their Confusing First Date, Rodriguez's Bold Text and a Poorly Timed Fire Alarm

Lopez met Rodriguez for dinner at the Hotel Bel Air, but she wasn't sure if he knew she wanted this to be their first date since he was acting a little strange.

"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," Lopez said. "I don't know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date. 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 said he thought they were probably just meeting for dinner because she's a busy woman, but he wasn't going to pass up the opportunity, either way.

"It would be incredibly productive for me to sit with one of the smartest, greatest women in the world, especially for a guy like me who is coming through tough times, rehabbing himself, re-establishing himself to folks out there. I thought I would be a win-win no matter what."

Around the third inning of their date, A-Rod realized that she was single and she was in fact interested in him. The athlete was a little taken back and excused himself to go to the bathroom to collect his thoughts, and eventually sent her a text.

"You look sexy AF," Lopez read.

"And then it took a turn," she continued. "The fire alarm went off, and we had to evacuate. No really, the fire alarm went off!"

Their Lives Are Strikingly Similar

One of the things that helped bond the duo from complete different industries is the similarity of finding strength through their previous demons and struggles.

"We are very much twins," Rodriguez said. "We're both Leos; we're both from New York; we're both Latino and about 20 other things."

"I understand him a way that I don't think anyone else could, and he understand me in a way that no one else could ever," Lopez added. "In his 20s, he came into big success with the biggest baseball contact [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."

Lopez explained that she was impressed with her boyfriend's decision to use his lowest point as a way of encouraging himself to become a better person.

"The hardest times to 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."

The couple believes timing was on their side since if they would have started dating when they first met on the baseball mount, their relationship would have failed.

"We had to grow and discover ourselves first," Lopez said.

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