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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are not married nor are they even engaged, despite a report published one year ago today that furnished fake details about the baseball player's supposed proposal and the actress's alleged over-the-top wedding plans. At the time, Gossip Cop shot down the story with facts and on the record comments. Now, exactly 365 days later, it should be clear that we were 100 percent right and the In Touch story was completely untrue.

On June 28, 2017, the tabloid maintained Lopez and Rodriguez got engaged in France while on vacation in Paris. A so-called "source" was quoted as saying that after Rodriguez got down on bended knee and proposed, Lopez "burst into tears and said 'Yes!'" Glaringly then and still now, the magazine had no specifics about the date he supposedly popped with question on, whether or not he presented her with a diamond ring, or where in Paris he allegedly asks Lopez to marry him. Was it on the top of the Eiffel Tower or on one of the City of Lights' romantic bridges? And curiously, the publication never explained how it was the only outlet to have this information.

From there, the publication went into full tabloid mode, declaring their "fairy tale" wedding would cost approximately $3 million. After the same unnamed "source" stated, "Jennifer doesn't care that this is her fourth marriage," the purported insider asserted that Lopez wanted to make her impending wedding an "unforgettable day, no matter how much it costs." According to the magazine, the nuptials were to take place in France's Palace of Versailles, all their guests were to be "flown into Paris for a weekend of celebrations," the food and alcohol would cost at least half a million dollars, and after the ceremony, everyone would "be treated to a $150,000 fireworks display."

But the only thing that exploded was the tabloid's story. In the 12 months since Gossip Cop called out the publication for its fictitious report, the couple very obviously did not get married or even engaged. Actually, Lopez herself has addressed the phony rumors. In fact, just a little more than two weeks ago during Lopez's appearance on "Good Morning America," contrary to the magazine's claim that "Jennifer doesn't care that this is her fourth marriage," the singer-actress said, "We have to take our time." She further noted, "I've made plenty of mistakes in my past. We're mature now, we're grownups, and we're gonna take our time and we're going to do things at our own pace."

In a March cover story for Harper's Bazaar, Lopez also made clear in her interview, "I do believe in marriage. And I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I'm not forcing anything right now." However, talk of an engagement grew louder after the April release of her song, "El Anillo," which translates into English as "The Ring."

The lyrics include the lines, "You've given me so much that I've been thinking... When will I get the ring?" But Lopez explained on Beats 1 that while the single is about her and Rodriguez's romance, it's also about "everything that's going on with women" these days. As for an imminent engagement, Lopez reiterated, "We're good right now. I'm not trying to rush into anything, I've done that before, to no avail."

One year ago today, a mutual friend of Gossip Cop and the singer-actress assured us Lopez and Rodriguez had no wedding plans nor were engaged. Meanwhile, his rep laughed off the report, too. And the claim remains a joke.

It seems In Touch either manufactures its Lopez/Rodriguez stories or has terrible sources. In February, Gossip Cop busted the same outlet when it wrongly contended Lopez was "questioning her future" with Rodriguez. The tabloid even maintained they were on "the verge of flaming out." But as noted above, the superstar has repeatedly said she and the former Yankees player are "good" and in love. Gossip Cop will continue to bust stories about the famous couple, and we will rely on our impeccable insider, as well as their own words, instead of tabloids that are out of touch.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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