Alex Rodriguez is backtracking on comments he made in a Sports Illustrated profile this month. The former Yankees was interviewed by the mag and when the new issue hit stands on Tuesday, a comment A-Rod made about billionaire Kylie Jenner was quickly highlighted. Now A-Rod is clarifying his remarks after Jenner called him out on Twitter.
In the SI profile, A-Rod discusses in depth his rise from the ashes of a drug scandal in the major leagues to his new spot at the top of the celebrity world thanks in large part to his relationship with fiancé Jennifer Lopez. But much like the baseball world, in celeb culture, the new generation doesn’t take too kindly to smack talk in the dugout.
While discussing his attendance at the Met Gala in May, Rodriguez went down the list of celebs he passed the bread rolls to, doing a lackluster job of identifying people. There’s Idris Elba (“The black guy from The Wire”) and Sabrina Dhowre (“his new wife”), Donatella Versace (“some famous singer next to me, I don’t know what her name is”), and Henry Golding (“an Asian gentleman from Rich Asians, the lead”). Two people A-Rod didn’t have trouble placing were Kendall and Kylie Jenner. We have a feeling his young daughters are to thank for that. According to Rodriguez, “Kylie was talking about Instagram and her lipstick, and how rich she is.”
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Here’s where things get dicey. Considering how much trouble Rodriguez had identifying some of the most famous people in the world, followed by his quip about Jenner, this seems like perhaps Rodriguez was wondering into classic Dad Joke territory with less-than-stellar results. The internet, and Kylie, did not find it funny. Quickly setting the record straight, the self-made billionaire and head of Kylie Cosmetics jumped on Twitter to remind Rodriguez of their actual conversation at the 2019 Met Gala, which was not about money, but about Game of Thrones. The North remembers, and so does Kylie Jenner.
The tricky thing with print interviews and Twitter is that it’s not always easy to tell tone. There’s a good chance that Jenner is also being lighthearted about the situation. But just in case, or possibly at the urging of his daughters who don’t want to be blacklisted from receiving early editions of Jenner’s next lip kit, Rodriguez responded directly to Jenner’s tweet admitting his mistake. Smart move, Arod.
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 26, 2019