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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s decade spanning love story

The couple first dated in the early 2000s and rekindled their romance in 2021.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez undoubtedly have one of Hollywood’s most fascinating love stories, marked by its dramatic ups and downs.

The couple first met in early 2002 on the set of the romantic comedy Gigli where their on-screen chemistry blossomed into a real-life romance.

Dubbed ‘Bennifer’ by the media, their relationship quickly became a tabloid sensation.

Ben and Jennifer got engaged in November 2002; Ben proposed with a stunning 6.1-carat pink diamond ring by Harry Winston that reportedly cost US$2.5 million.

But Bennifer’s high-profile relationship faced intense media scrutiny, which ultimately led to them postponing their September 2003 wedding.

“Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date. When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realised that something was awry,” the couple said at the time in a joint statement.

“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.”

By January 2004, Ben and Jennifer had called off their engagement, citing the intense media attention as a significant strain on their relationship.

Fast forward to nearly two decades later, and the world was stunned when rumours of a rekindled romance between Ben and JLo began to surface in early 2021.

By July 2021, the couple confirmed they indeed were together again and made their red carpet return at the Venice Film Festival in September 2021.

By April 2022, Ben and Jennifer were engaged again – this time round, Ben proposed with a 8.5-carat natural green diamond ring.

They finally tied the knot in a private ceremony in Las Vegas in July 2022, followed by a more extravagant celebration with family and friends in Georgia in August 2022.

Here’s everything you need to know about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez as well as their sweetest moments together…

Are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez a couple again?

Yes, as mentioned above, the couple rekindled their romance in 2021.

When was the last time Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were together?

As aforementioned, Ben and JLo were together in the early 2000s. The couple became engaged in late 2002 but ultimately called off the engagement in January 2004.

How many times has Jennifer Lopez been married?

Jennifer has been married four times. Her ex-husbands are Ojani Noa, Cris Judd and Marc Anthony, and her current husband is Ben Affleck.

How many kids does Ben Affleck have?

Ben shares three children – Violet, Fin [born Seraphina] and Samuel – with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner. JLo shares fraternal twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s sweetest moments:

01

For their one year wedding anniversary in August 2023, Jennifer shared this sweet snap.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

02

In honour of Father’s Day in 2023, Jennifer took to Instagram to write, “Daddy Appreciation Post… Happy Father’s Day Papa,” alongside several images of her and Ben.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

03

The couple attended the 65th Grammy Awards together. And later that evening, JLo shared some pictures from the event on Instagram. She captioned the post with: “Always the best time with my love, my husband.”

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

04

‘Bennifer’ looked absolutely smitten with each other when they attended the Ralph Lauren SS23 Runway Show in October 2022.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

05

The couple attended the premiere of The Last Duel in September 2021. During the red carpet, they shared this cute moment.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

06

After months of speculation, JLo confirmed she and Ben were dating again in July 2021 by posting this picture to Instagram.

07

In 2003, the then-engaged couple did pretty much everything together; from attending movie premieres…

08

…to watching basketball games.

09

Not to mention award shows. Here they are walking the red carpet hand in hand at the 75th Annual Academy Awards.

10

In December 2002, Jennifer and Ben attended the premiere of Maid in Manhattan together. This was one of their first ‘official’ outings together as a couple – although everyone knew they were together before this event, as multiple paparazzi shots of them kissing had leaked and the infamous Jenny from the Block music video (which Ben stars in) had been released in November 2002.

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