A Timeline of Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck's Relationship

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A Timeline of Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck's Relationship

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Published in Photos · 19 June 2021
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December 2001: The On-Set Meet-Cute

A meet-cute is the scene in a movie where two soon-to-be lovebirds meet for the first time. But for these two A-listers, their meet-cute actually happened while on the set of the comedy film Gigli, which came out in 2003.
At the time, J. Lo was married to her second husband and backup dancer Cris Judd, but they split up in June 2002.
"The harder they resist it ... the stronger it becomes," the official Gigli trailer narrates. But maybe it's been a foreshadowing of how these two co-stars would fare in real life.

"I felt like … 'OK, this is it,'" Lopez told People in 2016 about when she first met Affleck, adding how entering into a high-profile relationship during the rise of tabloids added "a lot of pressure." But she told HuffPost Live in 2015 that working on Gigli was her "lowest point."

"It was a very badly reviewed film. I was in a high-profile relationship at the time that fell apart in a really bad way, and so the kind of mix of those two things -- the tabloid press had just come into existence at the time, so I was like a poster child for that moment," she recalled.
But would she have done it all over again? "No regrets. I would do it all over again I think. I really would. Even the relationship part," Lopez admitted.

September 2002: The Birth of "Bennifer"

They co-starred in the 2004 comedy-drama flick Jersey Girl as husband and wife, and director Kevin Smith has since claimed credit for the couple's nickname heard 'round the world: "Bennifer," a portmanteau of their first names.
"It's a name I first gave the kids during "Jersey Girl" pre-production, before the world found out they were dating," he tweeted in May 2021 at the start of the "Bennifer 2.0" era. "I'd later drop the name in an interview with the @nytimes. Shortly thereafter, it appeared in the article and then entered the vernacular."

November 2002: The "Jenny From the Block" Video

J. Lo decided to take their highly publicized relationship in front of cameras once more for her "Jenny From the Block" music video in support of her No. 3 Billboard Hot 100 hit.
From pumping gas to lying out on the yacht, Affleck and Lopez knew the paparazzi couldn't stay away and miss a potential money shot.

November 2002: The Engagement Reveal

In an interview special with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime, Lopez revealed Affleck had asked her to marry him, describing his proposal as "traditional, but also in a very spectacular way, as of course Ben would do it ... it was very, very beautiful."

He got down on one knee with a 6.1-carat pink diamond ring that reportedly cost $2.5 million, which the "Love Don't Cost a Thing" singer told Sawyer was "the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."

September 2003: Wedding Delayed

Affleck and Lopez were scheduled to say "I do" on Sept. 14, 2003, but just a few days before, they delayed their big day indefinitely because they felt it had been compromised by Hollywood media trying to get a slice.
"Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date," their official joint statement read. "When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate 'decoy brides' at three different locations, we realized that something was awry. 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."

January 2004: The Breakup

The two called off their engagement on Jan. 22, 2004. "I am confirming the report that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck," the singer-actress' representative said in a statement. "At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy."   Despite calling the end of "Bennifer" as "my first real heartbreak" in her 2014 book True Love, Lopez moved on to marry fellow Latin pop superstar Marc Anthony in June 2004, which she described as "a Band-Aid on the cut" of her previous split. The singers welcomed twins Max and Emme in 2008, but announced their split three years later, and finalized their divorce in 2014.   Affleck went on to marry Jennifer Garner in 2005, with whom he shares three children: daughters Violet and Seraphina, and son Samuel. They finalized their divorced in 2018.

April 2021: The Rumored Rekindled Romance

Just weeks after Lopez and former New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez called off their engagement, Benny was on her block.

Page Six reported on April 30 that the Oscar-winning actor had been spotted going to the Grammy-nominated singer's house in a white Escalade SUV that reportedly belongs to Lopez.

May 2021: The Montana Trip

Affleck, 48, whisked Lopez, 51, away on a getaway trip to Big Sky, Montana, which Daily Mail obtained photos of on May 10. The trip came 17 years after they broke off their engagement.

May 2021: The Miami Trip

From Montana to Miami, these two are showing once more how well they get along. "Bennifer," all smiles, was spotted in Florida on May 23 and hitting the same gym the next day.

June 2021

Social media was abuzz on June 14 when Page Six published new PDA-filled photos of Lopez and Affleck. The two were snapped kissing passionately while at a dinner with her family, celebrating her sister Lynda's birthday.

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