Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez hit the Hamptons’ hottest party of the summer, Saturday’s Apollo in the Hamptons benefit, and canoodled through performances by Justin Timberlake and Mavis Staples, among others.
J.Lo, looking stunning in a short, glittering Zuhair Murad romper, cozied up to A-Rod, dancing and sharing regular kisses, as a host of stars took to the stage at the benefit for Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater.
Rodriguez told us as they left together around midnight, “We are really happy. Jennifer is a wonderful person.” She added that they’d enjoyed the event, but the highlight for her had been gospel singer Staples, who brought down the house with “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again.” The couple has been dating since February and has become inseparable.
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Others at the Apollo party included Pharrell Williams — who performed with Timberlake — as well as Gary Clark, Jr. and Alice Smith. Also there were Robert Downey Jr., Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky Stern, Rashida Jones and her boyfriend, Vampire Weekend lead singer Ezra Koenig. They were joined by Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, John McEnroe — whose wife, Patty Smyth, performed — and Apollo Theater CEO Jonelle Procope.
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Also there were power brokers such as Patriots owner Bob Kraft, Harvey Weinstein, Discovery Communications’ David Zaslav, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman, LionTree’s Aryeh Bourkoff, former Viacom boss Tom Freston, who was seen huddling with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.
Tickets for the exclusive bash cost up to $15,000, raising more than $5 million for the famed venue’s educational programs for kids.