ALEX Rodriguez privately messaged married TV host Belinda Russell on Instagram following his split with ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez.
The former baseball player was shocked when he found out that the actress had seemingly moved on with her ex of 18 years ago, Ben Affleck.
On Friday, Belinda Russell, who works for Today Extra, revealed that Alex, 45, allegedly slid into her Instagram DM’s to compliment her TikTok videos.
The 42-year-old Australian TV host shared the moment with her co-host Richard Wilkins, saying: “I woke up this morning, checking the socials and in my requests there was a message from Alex Rodriguez.
“As in A-Rod. As in J.Lo’s ex,” she claimed.
According to the screengrab she shared with her co-host and producers, ARod had written: “Great feed!!”
His comment was a response to a video of her dancing in the studio.
“All I can say is…he likes great content, Dickie,” she joked.
“He just said great feed!”
Belinda, who shares three children with her husband Mark Calvert, made sure to let everyone know that it wasn’t a flirty comment.
“He just likes my videos,” she said.
“I’m very happily married.”
ARod sliding into Belinda’s DM’s comes after he was reported to be in a “world of pain” at the reunion between Ben and Jennifer, and lives in hope he’ll get back together with the singer.
An insider told US Weekly: “Alex is still very sore and in a world of pain.
“It’s the first time anyone can remember him being dumped like this, at least publicly.”
A-Rod’s hopes might have been dashed after JLo and Ben were reportedly reunited in Los Angeles this week after their Montana getaway.
The insider said: “Seeing her running straight back to Ben’s arms is a real kick in the teeth.
“There’s a part of him that still clings onto the hope that they’ll wind up together again but deep down he’s had to accept the harsh truth that she’s over him and moving on with Ben.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow but that’s his new reality.”
Sources added of JLo following her breakup from A-Rod: “Jennifer is doing well. She seems very happy and excited about her future.”
An insider told Us Weekly of JLo and Ben’s relationship status: “Right now they’re going with the flow and making plans to meet up as often as possible, but there’s still some discussing to do before they officially go public.”
The source went on: “It’s very clear they’ve fallen for each other again in a very intense way, but they don’t want to jinx anything by attaching labels or putting themselves under too much pressure.
“When the time is right and assuming things continue to evolve romantically between them, likely a month or two, they’ll probably go Instagram official or step out hand in hand at a restaurant somewhere.”
JLo and A-Rod ended their engagement last month, following cheating allegations with Southern Charm’s Madison LeCroy.
She and Ben, who met on the set of their movie Gigli, started dating in 2002 and quickly got engaged.
They postponed their wedding in September 2003, just three days before they were due to walk down the aisle, and split four months later.
JLo and her ex husband, Marc Anthony, share 13-year-old twins Max and Emme.
Meanwhile, Ben and his ex-wife Jennifer Garner share three children, Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, nine.
Alex and his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis, share daughters, Natasha, 16, and Ella, 13.
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