With Bennifer 2.0 in full swing, Page Six is breaking down the whole timeline of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s complicated relationship: How it began, why it ended, and what’s in retailer for them now.
Where it began
Lopez first met Affleck in 2001 on the set of their film “Gigli.” Though the movie was a vital and box-office failure upon its 2003 launch, the couple’s off-screen chemistry wound up successful.
Lopez was still married to her second husband Cris Judd on the time, however that didn’t cease romance rumors from effervescent up.
They’re getting hotter
Despite the drubbing “Gigli” took, Ben and Jen filmed their second film collectively, “Jersey Girl” — wherein Lopez performed Affleck’s character’s wife (who, by the way, died onscreen instantly) — from September to December 2002. This collaboration, nonetheless transient, notably occurred after …
J.Lo turns into out there
J.Lo legitimized her romantic relationship with Affleck when issues went south in her marriage to Judd.
She and the choreographer bought married in September 2001, however issues have been rocky for the couple all through their relationship and they known as it off in June 2002, finalizing their divorce in 2003.
Bennifer is born
One of Bennifer’s most iconic moments got here early, in Lopez’s unforgettable music video for “Jenny from the Block,” which premiered on MTV in November 2002, after being filmed in October of that 12 months.
The identical month the clip got here out, Affleck proposed to J.Lo, popping the query with a 6.1-carat pink diamond by Harry Winston that reportedly price $2.5 million.
Lopes initially revealed the joyful information throughout an interview with Diane Sawyer, calling the proposal “traditional, but also in a very spectacular way, as of course, Ben would do it.”
She added that Affleck was “brilliantly smart, loving, charming, and affectionate.”
And of the huge rock, she shared, “It’s the most magnificent thing I’ve ever seen.”
Massive rock rocks relationship
While issues heated up shortly for the pair, Lopez and Affleck determined to postpone their 2003 wedding ceremony.
“Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date,” the couple stated in a joint assertion. “When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realized that something was awry.”
The continued, “We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families, and our friends.”
Bennifer no extra
Calling off their engagement was a transparent signal that issues weren’t going effectively for the couple following the new ‘n’ heavy early days of their romance.
In 2004, Lopez and Affleck revealed that they have been formally calling off their engagement and ending their relationship.
“Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy,” a rep tersely told People at the time.
“I am not going to confirm anything about his personal life,” Affleck’s rep added. “We don’t want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It’s not happening from our side.”
Living their separate lives
Both stars moved on to different relationships pretty shortly, tying the knot with different celebs across the identical time.
Lopez went on to marry Marc Anthony in June 2004, with whom she had two youngsters: twins Emme and Max, born in 2008.
Meanwhile, Affleck tied the knot with Jennifer Garner in June 2005 and went on to welcome three youngsters with the actress: Violet, Seraphina, and Sam.
AffGar would final barely longer than AnthoPez, nonetheless, with the Latin music superstars splitting in 2014 and the big-screen couple following go well with in 2018.
The J-Rod saga begins … and ends
Then in 2019, the pair introduced that they have been officially engaged.
But Lopez known as off their engagement after rumors swirled that Rodriguez had been as much as no good with “Southern Charm” star Madison LeCroy.
Sparks fly for Bennifer once more
While the duo went their separate methods and began households, they nonetheless seemingly remained on good phrases.
Affleck praised Lopez’s work ethic in April 2021, telling InStyle, “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”
A 2000s throwback
And in June, we reported that their PDA left little doubt that the pair have been absolutely again collectively once more after pictures of Ben and Jen getting cozy on a date surfaced.
Taking issues sluggish
While it appeared like Lopez and Affleck jumped again into their relationship with lightning pace, their rekindling might have been coming for fairly a while, as Affleck reportedly sent love letters to J.Lo previous to her breakup from Rodriguez.
That romantic streak appears to have carried over into the second act of the couple, who have been “very affectionate” during a June dinner date in West Hollywood.
But as Page Six reported in June, whereas issues are getting severe for the couple, Lopez’s youngsters stay her first precedence.