His ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez may have caused a stir with longtime boyfriend Ben Affleck this weekend, but that hasn’t stopped Alex Rodriguez from having some fun of his own.
When he took to the high seas on Tuesday to celebrate his 46th birthday, the sports star was spotted with NFL host Melanie Collins as they seemed to get very cozy together while riding a jet ski.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez avoided any awkward encounters with his ex as Jennifer, 52, and Ben, 48, arrived in Capri, Italy on Tuesday, clearing the coast for the former MLB star to celebrate his big day in peace.
Take that, Bennifer! ARod puts on a show on the high seas and gets VERY cozy with the beautiful blonde NFL host on his 46th birthday in St. Tropez
The ex-baseball player couldn’t wipe his grin from his face as he enjoyed a ride around the water with his companion Melanie, 35, behind him.
Some reports have suggested they are “just friends”, although it seems clear they enjoyed each other’s company for his birthday outing.
He was also pictured with NFL star Eric Decker, 34, and his wife, singer Jessie James Decker, 33, as they enjoyed a day of jet skiing on his birthday.
ARod and JLo have seemingly been in a battle of the superyachts in Saint-Tropez in recent days, after crossing paths on the French Riviera.
Fun in the sun: ARod was also pictured with NFL star Eric Decker, 34, and his wife, singer Jessie James Decker, 33, as they enjoyed a day of jet skiing on his birthday
Something to laugh about: While some reports suggest ARod and Melanie, 35, are ‘just friends’, the pair looks set to be famous
Rodriguez is celebrating his birthday tonight on his chartered Ocean Paradise yacht, which carries a dazzling price tag of €27,000,000 ($31,860,810) and can accommodate 12 guests and a further 12 crew members.
IG official: Ben, 48, and Jen, 52, packed on the PDA on their superyacht
But that’s no match for Valerie van Lopez, currently priced at €110 million ($129,817,600), where Affleck and Mrs. Lopez reenacted steamy scenes from her 2002 music video Jenny from the Block on Sundays.
Jen’s leased 85-metre vessel Valerie was built by Lürssen in 2011 and underwent an extensive refit in 2019. It accommodates 17 guests in nine well-appointed cabins with room for a 27-person crew.
The Valerie has seven bedrooms spread over six decks for you to enjoy the journey, and the wellness theme continues with a steam room and even a Hamman, said to be decorated with mosaics – according to Boat International. There are also massage rooms and beauty treatment rooms.
A fitness room with panoramic ocean views opens out to an outdoor area with space for dining and a fountain that lights up at night.
The ship was launched in 2011 and refurbished in 2019. It has six decks all served by an elevator and has a 20 foot long onboard pool and Jacuzzi, one of five outdoor areas. With its spectacular outdoor dining area, the boat was designed with London’s iconic Claridge’s hotel in mind.
The main deck and lounge are designed for hosting and centered around a uniquely designed self-playing piano.
The foredeck has enough space for a helicopter to land, while the upper decks contain a lounge, cinema and several cabins.
Move over A-Rod: Valerie, the superyacht currently priced at €110 million ($129,817,600) where yesterday Ben and Jen reenacted steamy scenes from her 2002 music video Jenny from the Block
Luxury living: Rodriguez – who turns 46 today – celebrates his birthday aboard the Ocean Paradise yacht, which has a dazzling price tag of €27,000,000 ($31,860,810) that can accommodate a crew of 12 and 12 guests
It has a top speed of 17 knots (about 20 mph), a cruising speed of 12.5 knots and a range of 6000 nautical miles, and costs €950,000 ($1,119,000) per week to charter. It is currently on the market for $130 million and is sold by Dynamiq Real Estate.
At ‘just’ 55 meters, Rodriguez’s chartered superyacht is overshadowed by his ex’s current ocean cruise vacation home, but it still boasts luxurious amenities to be jealous of.
The Ocean Paradise can accommodate 12 guests in six rooms, including a master suite with a balcony, and features an interior created by designer Mauro Izzo, inspired by Zen gardens.
Life in the fast lane: The former MLB star and the NFL sports broadcaster are pictured together on his birthday
Splashing around: Melanie, 35, seemed to be having the time of her life staying close to ARod for the outing
Everyone’s laughing here: While Bennifer is packing on the PDA, ARod has had his own fun
Glass walls form the interior layout and floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of the ocean.
The sundeck features a Jacuzzi, large indoor dining area, indoor and outdoor gym and dance floor.
According to an online description, the ship features “timeless styling, exquisite furnishings and opulent seating to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.”
Chartering the Ocean Paradise costs €265,000 ($312,000) a week, and with a cruising speed of 15.5 knots, Rodriguez would be able to outrun his ex’s yacht over long distances.
Luxury: Rodriguez and his friends are seen near the rented Ocean Paradise yacht, which has a dazzling price tag of €27,000,000 ($31,860,810) and can accommodate 12 guests and a further 12 crew members
While he is expected to have about 50 guests for his birthday celebrations, only a lucky few will stay the night on his Ocean Paradise yacht.
Lopez and Rodriguez ended their engagement in April this year, explaining in a joint statement that they were “better as friends” and that they looked forward to staying that way.
Still, Alex seemed more than happy with his posh cruiser, as he was joined by his NFL reporter blonde, who is apparently “just friends” with.
It’s his birthday! ARod shared this photo on Instagram, saying, “I am so thankful today not only for celebrating my big day with my incredible friends and family on this magical journey, but for all the well wishes, love and support from everyone. ‘
Feeling herself: The MLB star also posted this soft pic of herself dressed in all white
According to PageSix“Alex” hung out with friends and family during the trip, including Eric and Jessie James Decker. Melanie is good friends with them. They are all friends and she will be at his party,” a source said.
The source added that Melanie and the Deckers, as well as 50 other guests, expect to party tomorrow for A-Rod’s birthday.
Aside from being linked to blonde Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy, A-Rod has remained single since splitting with Jen, while her romance with ex Ben has gone into overdrive and developing at lightning speed.
Size Matters! Lopez’s 85-meter ship, the Valerie, loomed over her former flameboat, which is only 55 meters long
How they stack up: there was quite the difference between the two luxury ships
After flying to the French Riviera on a luxury private jet, probably a Bombardier Global 7500, at an estimated cost of about $200,000, Bennifer was quickly whisked away to their luxury $130 million mega yacht in the Mediterranean, where they were spotted while they exchanged kisses and tender hugs on the sundeck.
‘Fifty two!’ declared Lopez in an Instagram video, also celebrating a birthday, as she proudly showed off her figure in a bikini and elegant flowing beach wrap as she stepped onto the deck of the yacht.
It is unknown who will pay for the trip, but Affleck is said to be worth $150 million, while JLo is worth about three times that at $400 million. Meanwhile, A-Rod has an estimated net worth of $350 million.