Alex Rodriguez on why it works with Jennifer Lopez, recalls when he stopped 'being a jerk' during his time off


Alex Rodriguez is giving us a glimpse into his relationship with Jennifer Lopez.

The 42-year-old former baseball pro opens up about rehabilitating his image and his foray into broadcasting in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and also talks about dating J Lo. Rodriguez says he and his superstar girlfriend have plenty in common, which is why the two are so suited for one another.

"We both appreciate where we are in our lives," he notes. "We appreciate being parents, and we're so similar; we're both kind of workaholics."

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Lopez FaceTimes Rodriguez during the interview, and the athlete also says they binge-watch TV together. The two appear to be a normal couple, though, of course, Lopez's star power can't be ignored. Rodriguez recalls their first official outing together -- the Met Gala -- in May.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Actress Jennifer Lopez and former MLB player Alex Rodriguez attend the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 12: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2017: hosted by Ronald O. Perelman at The Creeks on August 12, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen out and about together in Manhattan on August 25 , 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen on location for 'Shades of Blue' in Queens on August 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez seen leaving the Hunter's Point South Park after performing for a Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks Spectacular on June 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
Jennifer Lopez and Her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez walk through the park of Jardin des Tuileries and seen taking pictures with the Pyramide of Louvre in Paris, France, on June 18, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/Nurphoto)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez seen at the Macy's 4th of July Firework Show at Hunter's Point South Park on June 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: (L-R) Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are sighted on the 'Ile Saint Louis' near Notre-Dame-De-Paris cathedral on June 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: (L-R) Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are sighted near Notre-Dame-De-Paris cathedral on June 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: (L-R) Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are sighted near Notre-Dame-De-Paris cathedral on June 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: (L-R) Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are sighted on the 'Ile Saint Louis' near Notre-Dame-De-Paris cathedral on June 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez (L) and Benny Medina (C) visit The Louvre in Paris, France, on June 17, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez in Paris, France, on June 17, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez visit The Louvre in Paris, France, on June 17, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leave Carbone on May 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Jennifer lopez Alex Rodriguez seen out in Manhattan on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez (L) and actress Jennifer Lopez leave the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
NEW YORK - APRIL 24: Jennifer Lopez and new boyfriend Alex Rodriguez seen leaving 'The Sea Grill' at Rockefeller after lunch together on April 24, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are seen in Midtown on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are seen in Midtown on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leaving Prime 112 Steakhouse aftre dinner on April 18, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leave the Solow Building on April 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez leave Marea restaurant on March 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Actress Jennifer Lopez shakes hans with Alex Rodriguez before a subway series game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York on Saturday May 21, 2005. The Mets beat the Yankees 7-1. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/WireImage)
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"There was a great deal of paparazzi," he recalls. "They were telling me to get the hell out of the way so they could get a good shot of Jennifer."

Rodriguez reflects on his scandal-plagued baseball career in the interview, and gets candid about dealing with his not exactly likable image at the time. The father of two takes full responsibility.

"It starts with being accountable," he shares. "When people can see that you're genuine, that's when they pay attention. You have to own your sh**."

He calls 2014 -- when he was hit with the longest suspension in baseball history for using performance-enhancing drugs -- the year he hit rock bottom.

"There were nights in Miami when I was close to tapping out," he admits.

Rodriguez says he was able to bounce back when baseball was taken away from him by seeing a psychoanalyst, keeping a journal and spending time with his daughters, 12-year-old Natasha and 9-year-old Ella. He also released a handwritten apology letter to fans.

"It's probably too soon for me to say this, but maybe in 10 years I'll be able to say that the '14 sabbatical' was one of the best things that happened in my life," he now reflects. "I'll say this: That year off I just had to f**king change and stop being a jerk."

NEWS: Alex Rodriguez Posts Sweet Birthday Tribute to 'Amazing' Girlfriend Jennifer Lopez

These days, it appears things couldn't be going any better for Rodriguez. He and Lopez recently celebrated their birthdays together with an epic bash, and their families are also getting along well. On Sunday, Lopez shared a heartwarming picture of Rodriguez cuddling with his daughters as well as her own kids -- 9-year-old twins Max and Emme -- whom she shares with her ex-husband, Marc Anthony.

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