Yes, Bennifer is again, however mere mortals are additionally having romantic reunions with long-lost flames.
Things are mentioned to be heating up between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who have been engaged in 2002, after simply 4 months of courting, however break up in 2004. This month, they stepped out together, providing contemporary hope to romantics all over the place about the potential for reconnecting with “the One” years, and even a long time, after a breakup.
Maura Jurgrau actually is aware of it may possibly occur. In the early ’90s, the Upper East Sider was a carefree 20-something when she took a ship cruise with associates up the Hudson River and locked eyes with a stranger, Andrew Pearce.
“It was like a bolt of lightning,” mentioned Jurgrau, who was hooked up to a boyfriend on the time.
Still, she couldn’t shake the sparks she felt with the lovable Canada-based laptop graphics specialist.
“There was an incredible chemistry with Andrew that I couldn’t ignore,” Jurgrau, now 56 and a part-time member of the style design school at FIT, advised The Post.
And so, when the boyfriend was out of the image some months later, Jurgrau and Pearce launched into a whirlwind romance for a number of weeks till Pearce needed to return to Toronto.
The two went their separate methods. Jurgrau went on to have a son, now 14, with a associate. Pearce entered a decadelong marriage that resulted in 2010.
But they by no means forgot one another.
When a pal talked about Pearce in 2018, Jurgrau took a leap of religion and emailed him, uncertain he’d keep in mind her. His response: “Do I remember you?” They’ve been collectively ever since.
“When you’re young, you don’t exactly know who you are or what you want. I didn’t put enough effort into it,” mentioned Pearce, now 59, who works in animation. “You can always look back with regret, but I had to grow into the person I am, someone who can make a more mature decision about what’s important in a relationship.”
Jurgrau mentioned that they each needed to stay their lives earlier than they may actually admire their connection. “We both agree now that we needed to each go through the crazy stuff and grow up [and have other] relationships and big jobs.”
For Gary Don, 57, and Marina Mashkovich, 48, timing was every thing.
The Brooklyn couple have been married for about seven years however divorced amicably in 2012, after attending to sick dad and mom and coping with numerous life obstacles grew to become an excessive amount of.
Then, about two years in the past, Don bumped into his former spouse’s nephew on the road about two years in the past. After listening to she by no means remarried, he made main overtures to win her again.
“I started pursuing her,” Don, an entrepreneur, advised The Post.
After a month of telephone calls, Mashkovich, a nurse, agreed to exit along with her ex-husband and was immediately smitten once more.
“I wasn’t looking to get into a relationship, but when you have your soulmate, something can happen. I feel he’s part of me.”
The couple, who each stay in Brighton Beach, say they’ve a greater understanding of one another. “He appreciates me more than before, and he realizes I’m an independent person,” she mentioned.
Added Don: “I don’t take things for granted now. I’m more sensitive now about how she’s feeling.”
They’re planning a marriage for later this yr.
While she doesn’t suppose such relationship redos work for everybody, Manhattan matchmaker Bonnie Winston helps rekindled flames.
“I’m all for reconnecting — you’ve had time away from the person, so you’ve probably worked on yourself,” Winston mentioned. “Sometimes, the relationships that you have had in between can give you great insight.”
The sluggish route may be the surest highway for enduring love.
Rachel Flynn, a 44-year-old professor, and Nathan Johnson, a 46-year-old firefighter, had a summer time fling as school college students in 1997. Their fledgling relationship fizzled quick as soon as fall semester began up.
They initially stored involved as associates, however ultimately misplaced contact. Flynn, was dwelling in New York, whereas Johnson married and moved to San Diego, California.
Four years in the past, they each occurred to be in Chicago when Johnson, divorced at that time, logged onto Bumble and instantly noticed Flynn’s face.
They began texting and met in individual a short time later.
“We wanted to see if there was something more than friendship there,” Flynn advised The Post.
The couple married final yr, and now stay in Reno, Nevada.
“Our marriage — and how amazing it is — is only because of all those years and experiences [apart],” Flynn mentioned.
As for Jurgrau and Pearce, they nonetheless typically can’t imagine their unbelievable reunion.
“This wasn’t what I was expecting,” Pearce mentioned. “I thought I’d be single the rest of my life — but I found my sweetheart. I don’t plan to lose her twice.”