Cooper, 37, and Lopez, 42, met up Saturday night at New York City’s fancy Per Se.And while the couple might have chosen a less high-profile locale if they were thinking of linking up romantically, sources reported the dinner date was actually less of a “date”- the two reportedly hooked up to discuss a project.Shortly after their lunch, Lopez’s mother, Guadalupe Rodriguez, joined them for a stroll around New York.Guadalupe was skeptical at first: reported that Rodriguez asked Lopez to join him at a business meeting, citing her “business acumen.” Don’t be distracted by what A-Rod is doing from a business standpoint, which is apparently building something called ARod Corp atop a portfolio of real estate development, auto dealerships, high-end fitness centers, and logoed polos. This video of their exit reveals a large, multicolored 8 1/2 painted on one of the building’s ground-floor windows. Sportswear Holdings specializes in the leveraged buyout of fashion companies like Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors.Why would you wear wheat Timbs — the official shoe of the Bronx, per Desus and Mero — in 77-degree weather, if not to prove to the queen of the borough that you can keep up?We didn’t hear from J-Rod for a week or so after that, beyond this instance of Rodriguez laughing inappropriately intensely at dinner with Lopez.
All of which is to say: Find yourself a partner who looks at you the way Jennifer Lopez looks at Alex Rodriguez when he fails to cover her with an umbrella as they exit an Italian restaurant that will wreck your expense account.
The only thing that matters here is that “citing business acumen” is the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard. That numeral is the logo for Brasserie 8 1/2, a restaurant located in the Solow Building on West 57th Street. Lopez sells her Jennifer Lopez Collection at Kohl’s; she is extremely well positioned to give advice about a fashion venture.
Rodriguez owns urns produced by the fashion designer Rick Owens and recently brainstormed #ARod Corp hats and polos.
To this point, we’d seen the two only from a maximally voyeuristic distance: hazy pap shots, short-lived Instagram photos, separate images of them on the way to dinner together.
And then they went to Marea, the Central Park South Italian joint popular among hedge-funders.