KEY POINTS

  • Alex Rodriguez said he had an "incredible life and partnership" with Jennifer Lopez
  • He shared that he "learned so much" and was "grateful" for the past five years
  • Rodriguez and Lopez called off their engagement in April after four years together

Alex Rodriguez is "grateful" for the "incredible" years he shared with ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez.

The 46-year-old former MLB player reflected on his relationship with Lopez in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight. Rodriguez shared that he is focusing on "all the positive" things in his life following the challenges and setbacks he's faced over the past year.

"I had five years of an incredible life and partnership and also with my daughters, we learned so much," he told ET.

Rodriguez added that he and his daughters — Natasha, 16, and Ella, 12 — now have the "opportunity to take that and move forward and say, 'You know what? We're so grateful for the last five years, how do we make the next five years better because of lessons learned?'"

The former New York Yankees star also revealed that he is "in a great place" at the moment.

"I'm so grateful for where God and and and the light has really put me, and I'm really looking forward. Mostly to see how my girls keep developing," he added.

Lopez and Rodriguez were engaged for two years and were together for a total of four years. After pushing back their supposed wedding last year due to the pandemic, they called off their engagement in April, saying in a statement that they realized they "are better as friends and look forward to remaining so."

Lopez has since moved on with Ben Affleck. Meanwhile, Rodriguez recently spent his 46th birthday surrounded by bikini-clad women while on a yacht tour in Europe.

He was also recently spotted with "NFL on CBS" broadcaster Melanie Collins in St. Tropez, France, but an unnamed source told Page Six that the two are just "friends."

Meanwhile, in his interview with ET, Rodriguez — who last year became the president and chairman of Presidente, the Dominican beer brand now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev — also discussed his efforts to help young entrepreneurs and spoke about the sports icon who served as his inspiration when he was young.

"[When] I think about rising in anything, I think about my childhood hero, Magic Johnson," he shared. "Magic showed me that you can be a Hall of Fame basketball player on the hardwood and you can be a Hall of Fame guy in the boardroom. And, because he was a man of color, I looked at him and said, 'Oh man, why not me?'"

Rodriguez said this was one of the reasons why he was looking forward to leading Presidente in its "campaign to endorse and promote young entrepreneurs to be their [own] Presidente." He added that he also hopes to open the doors for "other people of color, minorities, Latinos and women."

Rodriguez went on to say that he believes now is "the golden age for entrepreneurship" and that "anybody can make it."

"A young kid like me made it from Miami, because of baseball, and I was able to take that and do other things," he continued. "It also gives me a platform to do great things like this and help out the next generation of entrepreneurship."

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Actress Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are seen arriving to the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 3, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images