Jennifer Lopez Said Her Relationship With Ben Affleck Could Have Worked in a ‘Different Time’

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were one of the biggest couples of the 2000s. She was a fast-rising singer with hits like “Ain’t It Funny” and “Jenny from the Block” while he was a world-famous movie star. They appeared to have great chemistry and eventually became relationship goals to everyone. But after a whirlwind romance, the two split up.

Looking back, Lopez once said she thinks their relationship could have worked at a “different time.”

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez on the Oscars red carpet together in 2003
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez on the Oscars red carpet together in 2003 | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Inside Jennifer Lopez’s relationship with Ben Affleck

Lopez’s relationship with the Daredevil actor dates back to the early 2000s when they met on the set of their movie Gigli. She was still with her second husband, Cris Judd, at the time, but Lopez admitted to being drawn to Affleck. “I felt like … ‘Okay, this is it,’” she told People when discussing their first interaction.

Soon, she and Affleck became an item, known as Bennifer by fans. They got engaged in 2002 and planned to marry the following year. But by 2004, they’d called it off.

“I am confirming the report that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck,” a representative for Lopez said in a statement shared with MTV News. “At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy.”

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Jennifer Lopez said the timing of her relationship with Ben Affleck wasn’t right

Lopez has cited media attention and public pressure as the reason for their split. “We didn’t try to have a public relationship,” she told People. “We just happened to be together at the birth of the tabloids, and it was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was just a lot of pressure. I think different time, different thing, who knows what could’ve happened? But there was a genuine love there.”

Both of them would eventually move on to other people, but they occasionally kept in touch. As Affleck told the The New York Times in 2019: “She’s the real thing. I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her.”

Now, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are sparking romance rumors again

Now that Lopez and Affleck are single again, reports are emerging that the two have been hanging out. Sources told E! News that they allegedly even spent a week together in Montana in May. “They were alone,” said one insider. “Just the two of them.”

“They have been in touch here and there throughout the years,” a second source told the outlet. “Ben reached out to her to see how she was doing and they had dinner together a few times within this last month. It’s natural between them and the chemistry is unreal. They picked up where they last left off and are enjoying each other’s company right now.”

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Neither of them has commented on the reports, but E! News sources maintain that there are sparks in the air. Perhaps this really is the perfect time for them or maybe it’s not what it seems.