Dating rumors surrounding Alex Rodriguez are on again after he was spotted hanging out with NFL reporter Melanie Collins just recently.

Ever since his split with ex-fiance Jennifer Lopez, a lot of tabloids were curious what would be the retired football player’s next move when it comes to his love life. Rodriguez was previously speculated to have been dating actress Katie Holmes and Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus.

While both claims have already been debunked, that doesn’t mean rumors will stop tailing him. Recently, the former New York Yankee was spotted with Collins, which has led to several speculations that the two were romantically linked.

Dating rumors surrounding the two first surfaced when they were seen together during Rodriguez’s most recent trip in Europe. The sighting immediately sparked speculations, especially when they were photographed sitting next to each other while having lunch in St. Tropez.

Now, this rumor was shut down when a source from Page Six asserted that Rodriguez and Collins were just friends and the lunch was a friendly get-together. It also appears as though they did not spend some alone time together as they were spotted with a larger group of friends.

The source further insisted that the two were just casual friends. Based on their interaction, there is no clear indication that they were romantically involved. In some snaps, they were seen chatting with other people – Collins with her friends while Rodriguez with other guests.

Even though Collins is also invited to Rodriguez’s 46th birthday party, that does not confirm that the two were indeed dating. For now, the professional football player seems to be enjoying his single life and he's focusing more on his two children and other ventures.

“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,” said the source.

In another report, Rodriguez seemed to be subtly supporting Lopez despite their breakup earlier this 2021. Shortly after the singer’s sister, Lynda Lopez, uploaded their selfie on her Instagram account, the retired Baseball shortstop pressed the like button.

The ex-couple has been together for four years before announcing their separation in April. A few months after that, Lopez was seen hanging out with her ex-beau, actor Ben Affleck. Since then, they were spotted on several occasions which seemingly confirmed they got back together.