"He loves Jennifer and says she makes him a better person and motivates him to work hard," a source revealed.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on January 11, 2022. It has since been updated.
You know it's true love when you want to help your partner tap into their full potential. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck rekindled their romance in 2021, and since then, they have been striving towards becoming absolutely the best version of themselves.
"Ben and Jen have both been busy working. Ben is just happy with life right now and it's been a while since his friends have seen him in such positive spirits. Jen helps bring out his best self,” a source tells ET Online.
"His career is going well, and he has so many projects lined up. He is really proud of The Last Duel and happy that Matt and him got to do it together. Jen is so supportive and is always pumping him up and saying how talented he is. He has been working out as well and feels great," the source continues. "He has always been funny, creative, smart and caring, but the difference lately is he is always smiling and happy. You can tell he just is so positive and appreciative of how great things are going right now.”
The source then spoke about how happy Affleck is to have Lopez by his side. “It took him ups and downs to get to this place. He loves Jennifer and says she makes him a better person and motivates him to work hard. He wants to take care of her, even though she doesn't need him to. That is just the type of guy he is."
Affleck, 50, and Lopez, 53, dubbed “Bennifer,” began dating in 2002, got engaged in 2003, but sadly called off the wedding. The famous pair officially split in 2004. However, in May 2021, they confirmed they were back together.
In December 2021, Affleck revealed to ET that it was negative media attention that ruined their relationship the first time around.
"I would say it was about 50 percent [of what destroyed our relationship]. The idea that people hate you and they hate you together and that being together is poison and ugly and toxic and the thing none of us want to be part of,” the Tender Bar actor said on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show. “And who the f**k would want to have them to dinner? And what the f**k are they doing together?’”
Speaking candidly about their initial split, Affleck admitted, "I got f**king hurt and angry and felt like a fool.” This explains why he was hesitant to get back together with Lopez. Also, he wanted to watch out for his three kids that he shares with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner. “Well, look, my responsibility to my children is the highest responsibility I have. So I won't do anything that's painful or destructive to them if I can help it,” he said.
All said and done Bennifer 2.0 is lively and thriving and here's hoping we get to hear some wedding bells soon!
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