ARod vs JLo in the battle of the Saint-Tropez superyachts


They ended their engagement in April this year, explaining they realized they were ‘better as friends’ and looked ‘forward to remaining so,’ in a joint statement. 

But it would appear that exes Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are perhaps more concerned with outdoing one another when it comes to their mega-rich vacation plans, as they’re both currently chartering rival superyachts in Saint-Tropez. 

While A-Rod’s ex JLo, 52, was pictured canoodling with on-again Ben Affleck over the weekend, Alex, 45, was also seen cavorting with blonde NFL broadcaster Melanie Collins, on an equally impressive vessel and in the same coastal town on the French Riviera. 

EXCLUSIVE: Alex Rodriguez is pictured ahead of his 46th birthday with blonde sports broadcaster Melanie Collins (pictured left) and another female companion as they make their way to a fancy $32M cruise liner in Saint-Tropez 

Rodriguez – who turns 46 tomorrow – has been celebrating his birthday onboard the Ocean Paradise yacht, which has an eye-watering price tag of €27,000,000 ($31,860,810) that can hold a crew of 12 and 12 guests.

Yet that is no match for Valerie, the superyacht currently priced at €110,000,000 ($129,817,600) where yesterday, Ben and Jen were seen recreating steamy scenes from her 2002 music video Jenny from the Block. 

Jen’s vessel Valerie was built by Lürssen in 2011 and underwent an extensive refit in 2019, and can accommodate 17 guests in nine well-appointed cabins with space for a 27-strong crew.

Luxe living: Rodriguez - who turns 46 tomorrow - has been celebrating his birthday onboard the Ocean Paradise yacht, which has an eye-watering price tag of €27,000,000 ($31,860,810) that can hold a crew of 12 and 12 guests

Luxe living: Rodriguez – who turns 46 tomorrow – has been celebrating his birthday onboard the Ocean Paradise yacht, which has an eye-watering price tag of €27,000,000 ($31,860,810) that can hold a crew of 12 and 12 guests

Move over A-Rod: Valerie, the superyacht currently priced at €110,000,000 ($129,817,600) where yesterday, Ben and Jen were seen recreating steamy scenes from her 2002 music video Jenny from the Block

Move over A-Rod: Valerie, the superyacht currently priced at €110,000,000 ($129,817,600) where yesterday, Ben and Jen were seen recreating steamy scenes from her 2002 music video Jenny from the Block

Still, Alex appeared to be more than happy with his fancy cruiser, as he was accompanied by his NFL reporter blonde, who is apparently ‘just friends’ with. 

IG official: Ben, 48, and Jen, 52, have been packing on the PDA on their super-yacht

IG official: Ben, 48, and Jen, 52, have been packing on the PDA on their super-yacht 

According to PageSix, Alex ‘has been hanging with friends and family on the trip, including Eric and Jessie James Decker. Melanie is good friends with them. They’re all friends and she’ll be at his party,’ a source said. 

Aside from being linked to the likes of blonde Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy, A-Rod has remained single since his split with Jen, while her romance with ex Ben has gone into overdrive, moving at warp speed. 

After flying in to the French Riviera on a luxury private jet, likely a Bombardier Global 7500, at an estimated cost of around $200,000, Bennifer were quickly whisked away to their luxury $130M mega-yacht in the Mediterranean, where they were spotted exchanging kisses and tender embraces on the sun deck.

‘Fifty two!’ declared Lopez in an Instagram video, also celebrating a birthday, as she proudly flaunted her figure in a bikini and elegant flowing beach wrap as she strutted on the deck of the yacht.

It is not known who is paying for the trip, but Affleck is said to be worth $150M while JLo is around three times that at $400M. Meanwhile, A-Rod has a rumored net worth of $350M. 

Rodriguez and Lopez officially ended their four-year relationship in April, before she rekindled her romance with Affleck – whom she previously dated back in the early 2000s. 

Affleck and Lopez now appear to have fully rekindled their romance, after going ‘official’ in a photo from actress Leah Remini’s Instagram that showed them sweetly cuddling on July 15. 

Someone looks happy! The baseball megastar is having his own fun for his birthday, while in the same town as ex JLo

Someone looks happy! The baseball megastar is having his own fun for his birthday, while in the same town as ex JLo 

Getting the party started: Alex appeared to be more than happy with his fancy cruiser, as he was accompanied by his NFL reporter blonde, who is apparently 'just friends' with

Getting the party started: Alex appeared to be more than happy with his fancy cruiser, as he was accompanied by his NFL reporter blonde, who is apparently ‘just friends’ with

Lucky chap: A-Rod is set for a huge celebration onboard tomorrow with a group of friends including his attractive female companions

Lucky chap: A-Rod is set for a huge celebration onboard tomorrow with a group of friends including his attractive female companions 

Birthday boy: Although A-Rod has been instantly linked to sports broadcaster Melanie the relationship has been described as friendly

Just his type: The sports star is known having previously admired blonde women in his dating life

Birthday boy: Although A-Rod has been instantly linked to sports broadcaster Melanie (right) the relationship has been described as friendly 

Party time: Birthday boy to be A-Rod is flanked by his glamorous guest, male friends, and security

Party time: Birthday boy to be A-Rod is flanked by his glamorous guest, male friends, and security 

Earlier this week it was claimed by People that she is ‘madly in love’ with on-again beau Affleck and feels they will be together from now on. 

The couple have quickly fallen back in love after reuniting just months ago, with a source telling E! News that the celebrity couple is ‘fully committed to each other,’ although they’ve both agreed they aren’t in a rush to get married again.

Now making no secret of her rekindled romance with Affleck, the triple-threat entertainer also posted an Instagram photo showing her exchanging a passionate smooch with the two-time Oscar winner. 

The incredible yacht the loved-up couple will be staying on is the Valerie, currently on the market for $130M and being sold by Dynamiq Brokerage

The couple will be able to spend time together with seven bedrooms across six decks on which to enjoy the voyage. 

The theme of wellness runs throughout with a steam room and even a Hamman, said to be decorated with mosaics according to Boat International.  There are also massage rooms and spaces for beauty treatments. 

A gym with a panoramic view of the ocean opens out onto an outdoor space with room for dining and a fountain that lights up at night.  

Launched in 2011, the vessel has six decks all served by an elevator and has an onboard 20 foot-long pool and a Jacuzzi which is one of five outdoor spaces.

Boasting an onboard gym and spectacular outdoor dining area the boat was designed with London’s iconic hotel Claridge’s in mind.   

The main deck and lounge are designed for hosting and centered around a uniquely designed self-playing piano. The foredeck has enough room for a helicopter to land.

The upper decks contain a lounge, cinema together with several cabins.



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