Alex Rodriguez addresses Jennifer Lopez engagement rumors after gifting her with a ring

Alex Rodriguez is clearing up rumors that he's already proposed to girlfriend Jennifer Lopez.

The 43-year-old former baseball star appeared on the Today show on Wednesday, where Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford put him on the hot seat about a ring Lopez has been photographed wearing on that finger, sparking engagement rumors.

"I gave her the ring maybe four or five months ago," Rodriguez says. "I got her that ring. She loved it."

Rodriguez later notes that while the ring has "significance," the two are not actually engaged.

The couple has now been dating for almost a year and a half, and appear to have seamlessly blended their families. The former pro athlete says he and 49-year-old Lopez started dating at exactly the right time in their lives.

"If this happened while we were in our 20s, it would've never happened," he admits. "It was just too much craziness. I wasn't mature enough. We're both in our 40s, we're both from New York. We both come from Latino backgrounds, we both have two kids. We've both been through a lot and can really appreciate each other, both the good and the challenges."

It was announced on Monday that Lopez will be receiving the the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year's MTV Video Music Awards and will be performing. Rodriguez shared on Wednesday that the singer got "choked up" upon receiving the news that she'd be receiving the honor, especially since the award is named after Michael Jackson, whom she "idolizes."

"She's super excited. Let me tell you, she's been rehearsing all day and all night, and she's going to put on an incredible performance," Rodriguez says. 

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez arrive at NBC studios on May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen on the streets of Manhattan on May 07, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jennifer Lopez (L) and Alex Rodriguez attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City.� (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seen in Columbus Circle on their way to the 2018 Time 100 Gala on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 15: Former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and recording artist Jennifer Lopez kiss during the basketball game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Miami Hurricanes at The Watsco Center on January 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the Guess Spring 2018 Campaign Reveal starring Jennifer Lopez on January 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Guess, Inc.)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend the 'Project Destined' Yankees Shark Tank Presentations at Yankee Stadium on March 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are seen on March 08, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend 'Project Destined' Yankees Shark Tank Presentations at Yankee Stadium on March 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty 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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