Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez: Chronology of a Romance Greater Than Hollywood Itself | Celebrities, Vips

As the rigors of the pandemic recede and a return to long-awaited normalcy begins to loom on the horizon, a couple of Hollywood stars seem determined to embody the widespread longing for things to go back to the way they were before. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have channeled it in the metaphorical and literal sense, recovering almost two decades later a romance as passionate as it is controversial and nurturing furtive kisses – now no longer so forbidden – to some headlines that corner with more and more enthusiasm stern reporting on the health crisis to re-entertain its readers with classic tales of Bronx princesses and marquee-faced gallants from the golden hills. The history of the iconic ‘Bennifer’ is as intricate, symbolic and cinematic as any franchise with the luster of the mecca of cinema and, given the promise of the bombardment of new news that they promise to star in, here is a comprehensive review of the episodes that have made up one of the most talked about and unusual romances of the last twenty years.

A Dangerous Relationship – Late 2001

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck met for the first time on the set of the romantic comedy Gigli (A Dangerous Relationship), “A monstrosity” for the film critic Ángel Fernández Santos and which is currently considered one of the worst films released in this century. Despite the failure of critics and the public for the reason for their meeting, the couple formed by two budding stars of music and cinema respectively, became the obsession of the tabloid press, to which they blamed the failure of their relationship. “People were fucking mean to her: sexist and racist. Every thing about her was written that if you write them now you would be fired, “Affleck alleged. “It so happened that we were together at the birth of the tabloids tabloids and it was too much pressure,” confirmed Lopez in 2016.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, photographed during the filming of ‘A Girl from Jersey’. Photo: Getty

J.Lo’s Birthday – July 2002

The surprise party held on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the New Yorker marked the official confirmation of the romance and the definitive separation of the singer from her second husband, the dancer Cris Judd. Two days after the event, and after less than a year of marriage, Judd and Lopez filed divorce papers in court alleging irreconcilable differences.

Jenny From The Block – Noviembre de 2002

“If there is one thing I regret, it is having made that video clip.” So expeditious was the protagonist of Pearl Harbor when he remembered his participation in the highly controversial video of Jenny From The Block, in which the couple tried to show – unsuccessfully – the intrusion of the paparazzi in their relationship. For the memory of pop culture there will be the moment when Affleck whips Lopez’s butt on the deck of a yacht, which cost the Oscar winner for El indomable Will Hunting lose several steps of respectability in Hollywood. “Not only did he make me sound like a smug fool, but he was also very unkind,” he evoked. Even Jennifer Lopez herself tried in 2004 that thematic networks such as MTV and VH1 did not re-broadcast the video.

The Compromise – November 2002

More than two million euros Ben Affleck spent on the spectacular ring composed of a 6.1-carat pink diamond with which he asked for the hand of his girlfriend at the time, designed for the occasion by jeweler Harry Winston. Lopez revealed it in a television interview with journalist Diane Sawyer and even Barbra Streisand herself stopped her at an Oscars party to congratulate her on the majesty of the piece.

The blockbuster hit – July 2003

Gigli (A Dangerous Relationship) reaches the rooms and becomes by the very fact in the joke par excellence in the Hollywood lies and the satirical sets of late night. Perhaps caused by the exhausting public exposure of those known as ‘Bennifer’ or, simply, by the poor quality of the film, the truth is that the failure is such that it does not even recover 10% in theaters of its total budget, damaging in the status of both stars seriously. In recent times, and even more so after the news of their reconciliation, media such as The Guardian, Vulture O GQ They have published different articles defending the undervalued benefits of what is considered one of the worst films ever made.

The interpreters attended the 2003 Oscars gala together. Photo: getty

The wedding is delayed – September 2003

Just two days before holding a link with 400 guests in Santa Barbara (California), ‘Bennifer’ issued a joint statement in which they confirmed the indefinite postponement of ‘yes, I want’, blaming the press for it. “When we started seriously considering hiring three decoy brides for three different locations, we realized something was wrong. We began to feel that the spirit of what should be the happiest day of our lives had been affected. We feel that what should have been a happy and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends ”, they alleged, without referring to the rumors of infidelity on the part of the actor. Also, their latest film collaboration together, A girl from Jersey it also delayed its premiere.

The End of the Relationship – January 2004

With another brief statement, this time signed only by the pop star and published by the MTV network, Jennifer Lopez confirmed the separation of what had been the most persecuted couple in the world for two years. In his biography, True Love, the Bronx described the breakup as her “first great heartbreak.” “It felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest.” A girl from Jersey It was released in theaters in March with a reception almost as cold as that of its predecessor, Gigli.

Jennifer and Ben rebuild their lives – Summer 2004

Lopez married singer Marc Anthony, with whom she had collaborated and starred in a brief romance years earlier, in June. Together they had twins Emme and Max, and they separated in 2014. As his ex-girlfriend walked down the aisle, Affleck was publicly seen alongside fellow actress Jennifer Garner, with whom he co-starred in the film. Daredevil. They said ‘yes, I do’ in 2005 and had three children (Violet, Seraphina and Samuel), until their divorce in 2018.

The Ravages of Confinement – Winter 2021

After jumping seventeen years in time, and in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck continue to be the regular cover of gossip magazines. The former is forced up to two times to delay his relationship with the baseball player and businessman Álex Rodríguez, while the one from Boston becomes the protagonist of the months of seclusion thanks to his usual dog walks with his girlfriend, the Spanish-Cuban actress. Ana de Armas, who provide content to some paparazzi with little news. But between January and March of this year, both Affleck and Lopez are single again.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez pose at the 2018 Met Gala. Photo: Getty

“They have never stopped being friends” – April 2021

With this statement, a strong close to the couple dispatches the three visits that the actor made to his former fiancée in his Los Angeles mansion, apparently, with the sole purpose of comforting each other after their last failed romances. Speculation about a possible reconciliation soared and its protagonists did not take long to give them wings.

‘Bennifer’ Lives – May 2021

Just days later, the two celebrities were caught together sharing a romantic getaway at a Montana resort, one of the most luxurious and private hotels in Yellowstone National Park. “Ben contacted her to see how she was doing and they have had dinner together a couple of times this last month. The chemistry between them is incredible. They have picked it up right where they left it and are enjoying the company, “he told E! an anonymous source close to the singer. Magazine People He also confirmed that the diva and the interpreter were going to try to make this new romantic attempt work and were already outlining their future as a couple.

The Confirmation Kiss – June 2021

It was the tabloid Page Six The one who published this past June 14 the exclusive images of the long-awaited kiss between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, seventeen years after the last acquaintance. The scene took place during a dinner at the Nobu restaurant in Malibu on the occasion of the 50th birthday of Linda, the singer’s little sister, and the star duo did not racan any public display of affection to ratify the beginning of the second part of their love story. As long as they do not decide to bring their talents back together on the big screen, their future is promising.