A timeline of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s relationship

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

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attending the "Gigli" premiere in 2003.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attending the “Gigli” premiere in 2003.
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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

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez film a scene in "Jersey Girl" in 2002.
The duo starred in “Jersey Girl” collectively in 2002.
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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

Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd in 2001.
Lopez and Cris Judd, seen right here in 2001, ended their marriage in 2003.
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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

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in 2002.
Ben and Jen are seen at a film premiere in 2002
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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

The couple are seen on a pink carpet in 2003
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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

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attending the Academy Awards in March 2003.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attending the Academy Awards in March 2003.
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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

Jennifer Lopez is seen with Marc Anthony in 2011 (L) and Ben Affleck in photographed with Jennifer Garner in 2013.
Jennifer Lopez is seen with Marc Anthony in 2011 (L) and Ben Affleck in photographed with Jennifer Garner in 2013.

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

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in 2020.
Lopez and Rodriguez, seen right here in 2020, finally known as off their engagement.
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Lopez entered into one other whirlwind romance with Alex Rodriguez in 2017, transferring into a $15 million love nest with him after a 12 months of courting.

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.

In March 2021, Page Six exclusively reported that their engagement was off, and almost a month later they confirmed that they had ended things for good.

Meanwhile, Affleck was linked to a slew of women throughout J-Rod’s run, together with “Knives Out” star Ana De Armas until January 2021.

Sparks fly for Bennifer once more

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in 2003.
Affleck and Lopez, seen right here in 2003, nonetheless had respect for one another years later.
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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

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in Miami.
Lopez peeped in on Affleck whereas they vacationed in Miami collectively in May 2021
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Affleck and Lopez took the world by storm after they have been first noticed hanging out together again in LA in April 2021 and in Montana the following month.

Things continued to heat up for the duo and they have been quickly after noticed on a romantic getaway in Miami.

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

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Miami
They made the rounds in Miami collectively.
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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.

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