The couple first called off their wedding in 2004, two years after they first started dating.
It seems like the second time is the charm when it comes to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. The two of them have recently announced their engagement, nearly two decades after they first called it off!
The lovebirds rekindled their romance after parting ways back in 2004, just days after moving their wedding because of the media pressure on them. According to Us Weekly, Lopez, 52, confirmed the happy news via her On the JLo newsletter on April 8, 2022.
In a video message meant for her fans, an emotional Lopez showed off her huge, green diamond engagement ring, saying, “You’re perfect.” She also teased the “major announcement” with a video on Twitter. “So I have a really exciting and special story to share…” the singer told her followers, along with a diamond ring emoji on her Twitter handle.
The beautiful engagement ring is 8.5 carats with a natural green diamond center stone.
But even before news of their engagement went public, a source revealed that the pair were already thinking about their dream nuptials. “Both Ben and Jen want their wedding to be an elaborate statement of their love story for their friends and family,” the insider said in December 2021. “They really want [everyone] to have a good time. They want it to be intimate, but immaculate.”
The Hustlers star and the Oscar winner originally began their relationship in January 2002 after meeting on the set of the ill-fated movie Gigli. The couple got engaged in November of that year but called off their wedding, planned for September 2003, because of “excessive media attention.” Four months later, they officially broke up.
In June 2004, Lopez got married to Marc Anthony, with whom she shares twins Max and Emme, 14. However, the two of them split in 2011 and their divorce was finalized in 2014. Affleck, meanwhile, moved on with Jennifer Garner. The two got married in 2005 but their wedding didn't last either, as they separated in 2015. The two daughters Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and son Samuel, 10.
The couple, lovingly known as Bennifer, sparked rumors of rekindling their romance after they were first spotted hanging out together in Los Angeles shortly after Lopez’s split from fiancé Alex Rodriguez. Just about a month after, a source shared that they were “full-on dating and very happy together.”
In July 2021, an insider added that the pair were “both thrilled” by “how seamlessly” they’d fit back into each other’s lives following their reunion.
“The past few months have been a real whirlwind,” the source added at the time. “They’re well aware some cynics still look at it as a big flashy attention grab and roll their eyes at the speed of it all, but it doesn’t faze them one iota. They’re fully committed to taking the next steps and spending the rest of their lives together.”
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