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Jennifer Lopez Reveals How Her Romance With Alex Rodriguez Got Started

Lopez's twins, 9-year-olds Max and Emme, make their first appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

It all began with a tap on the shoulder.

As Jennifer Lopez recalled to Ellen DeGeneres Monday, the songstress and her "great guy," baseball star Alex Rodriguez, started dating thanks to a lunchtime run-in.

The host would not let Lopez spare any detail — she was eating a Cobb salad and tortilla soup when she spotted the athlete on his way out of a Los Angeles restaurant.

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"For some reason, I just felt like tapping him on the shoulder," Lopez said. They chatted for a bit and, realizing they were both living in the city of stars, decided they should hang out. Turns out — he already had her number for some platonic reason. A text later, they were having dinner.

"I don't remember what we had for dinner, but we had a nice dinner," she said, noting it was "just a dinner and a goodbye."

"Mama don't sleep over on the first date," she added.

Ellen invited Lopez's 9-year-old twins, Max and Emme, to greet the audience and hang out during the interview. While his sister Emme took a seat on her mom's lap, Max wasn't so keen on the spotlight and found his hiding spot in Ellen's side table.

"This is the quietest he's been in nine years," Lopez quipped.

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