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Cynthia Rodriguez is speaking out publicly for the first time since filing for divorce on Monday from Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

She still loves her husband, Rodriguez told New York Post columnist Cindy Adams. But his alleged infidelities – Joslyn Morse, Candice Houlihan, possibly Alicia Marie, and so on – had simply caused her too much pain.

C-Rod, who is in Miami with her two small daughters while Alex remains in New York, revealed that her husband supported her leaving town when news of his alleged affair – of the heart, or otherwise – with Madonna.

“My husband knew I was going. He encouraged it,” says Cynthia Rodriguez.

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“I needed to get away. With clear-headed friends. To breathe. To think how I’m going to handle my kids. I just needed a little time.”

Scorned spouse Cynthia Rodriguez said that the couple’s three-year-old daughter, Natasha, has been asking for her father and saying, “I miss my daddy,” according to this morning’s New York Post.

The All-Star’s estranged wife also denied reports that she ran off to Paris with “pal” Lenny Kravitz and went on a $100,000 shopping spree just to punish her husband, leaving her girls, including 11-week-old baby Ella, at home.


“Not one word of those stories is true,” said Rodriguez.

“I never before in all my married life together ever went away without my husband or family. Not once in 13 years.”

“I did not spend one dollar shopping in Paris. I did not go to super-fancy expensive restaurants. I did not go to any spa. I didn’t do one thing.”

“I spent the most innocent four days with my children’s godparents, who are as close to us as family. My husband and I were already into our problems and I didn’t know where to go, what to do. I needed to clear my head.”

Cynthia Rodriguez added that her family is very upset by the split.

“Mine’s a close-knit family,” she said. “Never one divorce on my side. My parents, aunts, uncles are devastated.”

Alex Rodriguez, according to sources, became obsessed with Madonna in recent months, even referring to her as “my f*%king soulmate, dude.”