This Is What’s Really Going on Between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
Since her split from ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez has been leaning on some of her famous friends for support. One person she’s been spending a lot of time with lately is her ex, Ben Affleck.
Recently, the two have been spotted out together on multiple occasions, prompting fans to wonder what’s really going on between them. Are Lopez and Affleck dating again, or are they just friends? Here’s everything we know so far.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were previously engaged
Lopez and Affleck first met in 2002 on the set of the film Gigli. In 2016, the Maid In Manhattan star recalled meeting Affleck for the first time, sharing that it was basically love at first sight.
“I felt like … ‘Okay, this is it,'” she told People. “[But] sometimes I feel like what you think people are and how you see them when you love them is different than when they reveal later.”
Not long after they met, Affleck and Lopez got engaged, which the “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” singer revealed during a November 2002 interview with Diana Sawyer.
In 2003, Lopez and Affleck went public with their romance — after Lopez divorced her second husband, Cris Judd — and quickly became one of Hollywood’s most popular celebrity couples.
Though the actors were set to exchange vows in September 2003, they postponed the ceremony just one day before their scheduled date. In January 2004, it was reported that the couple had ended their relationship, which Lopez later called her “first big heartbreak.”
“Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy,” Lopez’s rep confirmed to People at the time. Meanwhile, Affleck’s rep said, “I am not going to confirm anything about his personal life. We don’t want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It’s not happening from our side.”
Ben Affleck has been hanging out with Jennifer Lopez amid her split from Alex Rodgriguez
Though Lopez and Affleck have maintained a platonic relationship since their breakup, many are beginning to speculate that the pair are in the midst of rekindling their romance after they were recently spotted hanging out together.
On Apr. 30, 2021, Page Six reported that the exes were spending time together after the Pearl Harbor star was spotted multiple times getting dropped off at J.Lo’s California mansion by a white Escalade SUV that reportedly belongs to her.
The pair’s hangouts come a few days after Lopez called off her two-year engagement to retired MBL player Alex Rodriguez.
Though it was rumored that the two called it quits earlier this year due to Rodriguez having allegedly cheated on Lopez with Southern Charm’s Madison LeCroy, the couple later said in a joint statement that they were “working through some things.”
Unfortunately, their attempts to work on their issues fell through the cracks because Lopez eventually pulled their plug on their relationship.
“We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects,” the pair said in a joint statement to TODAY on Apr. 15. “We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are just friends
After reportedly spending a lot of time together over the past few days, fans really want to know: Are Lopez and Affleck looking to rekindle their romance now that they’re both single?
While the exes do have a history together and have expressed admiration for one another over the years, it turns out that they are nothing more than just great pals.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Affleck and Lopez “are friends and have a cordial, good relationship.”
“At this point they only have a friendship,” a source tells the outlet. “They both admire each other professionally, respect one another and feel comfortable with each other.”
Though many would love to see Bennifer get back together, it sounds like things between them are strictly platonic at the moment.