Alex Rodriguez on Ex Cameron Diaz: She's 'One of the Greatest Human Beings I've Ever Met'
04/26/2012 AT 05:00 PM EDT
"I don't like talking about my relationships," the New York Yankee tells The Insider in a new interview, "but I will tell you about C.D. – she's probably one of the greatest human beings I've ever met, and just an amazing light."
The two had an on-again, off-again relationship, though a source confirmed to PEOPLE the two had split for good in September 2011.
At the time, Rodriguez had equally kind words for Diaz, telling PEOPLE, "I have a lot of love for Cameron. We'll always be friends."
And the two have subsequently moved on: Diaz has been linked with Diddy, while Rodriguez has been spotted smooching former wrestling diva Torrie Wilson.
As for people gossiping about his personal life – or his athletic abilities, for that matter – Rodriguez tells The Insider, he's not fazed.
"Ah, you know, it's New York," he says, "people are always going to have an opinion [with] pretty much anything you do, both on and off the field."