Jennifer Lopez’s High School Sweetheart and “Devoted Father” Dies — How Long Were Jen and David, Her Ex Together?

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In sad news, Jennifer Lopez’s ex-boyfriend David Cruz has passed away at age 51. According to TMZ, David died on Saturday of heart disease. He and Jennifer were together at the start of her career.


David was Jennifer’s high school sweetheart, as she started dating him when she was 15 years old. They were together for around ten years, breaking up in the mid-’90s.

Jennifer Lopez’s Ex-Boyfriend David Cruz Dies

Although Jennifer and David broke up at the start of her career, she spoke fondly of him later on. In 2004, she reportedly said, “He’s a friend and he probably knows me better than anyone else.”

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Jennifer has yet to comment on the news of David’s death. However, his partner of 18 years, Isa, gave a touching statement to TMZ about him.

“He was kind and loving. He never held on to anything and was always very open. He was a devoted father, he helped raise his step-son who is now in the Marines. He loved the Yankees and Knicks. He loved going to the theatre with me. My favorite moment was family date night, because it wasn’t just special for me but for the kids as well. He always made sure to end things with an ‘I love you.'”

Our thoughts are with David’s loved ones at his difficult time.

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Jennifer’s Dating History

Since ending her relationship with David, Jennifer has gone on to date a number of famous men, including Diddy, Ben Affleck, and Casper Smart. In 2004, she married Marc Anthony. It was her third marriage, and the couple ended up having two children together before splitting in 2014.


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Jennifer is currently engaged to former baseball player Alex Rodriguez. The pair has been dating since 2017, and announced their engagement in March of last year. Jennifer recently posted an anniversary tribute to Alex, with footage of their engagement.

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