With Bennifer 2.0 in full swing, Page Six is breaking down the complete timeline of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s complicated relationship: How it started, why it ended and what’s in store for them now.
Where it all started
Lopez first met Affleck in 2001 on the set of their movie “Gigli.” Though the film was a critical and box-office failure upon its 2003 release, the couple’s off-screen chemistry wound up a hit.
Lopez was still married to her second husband Cris Judd at the time, but that didn’t stop romance rumors from bubbling up.
They’re getting warmer
Despite the drubbing “Gigli” took, Ben and Jen filmed their second movie together, “Jersey Girl” — in which Lopez played Affleck’s character’s wife (who, incidentally, died onscreen immediately) — from September to December 2002. This collaboration, however brief, notably occurred after …
J.Lo becomes available
J.Lo legitimized her romantic relationship with Affleck when things went south in her marriage to Judd.
She and the choreographer got married in September 2001, but things were rocky for the couple throughout their relationship and they called it off in June 2002, finalizing their divorce in 2003.
Bennifer is born
One of Bennifer’s most iconic moments came early, in Lopez’s unforgettable music video for “Jenny from the Block,” which premiered on MTV in November 2002, after being filmed in October of that year.
The same month the clip came out, Affleck proposed to J.Lo, popping the question with a 6.1-carat pink diamond by Harry Winston that reportedly cost $2.5 million.
Lopes initially revealed the happy news during an interview with Diane Sawyer, calling the proposal “traditional, but also in a very spectacular way, as of course, Ben would do it.”
She added that Affleck was “brilliantly smart, loving, charming, and affectionate.”
And of the massive rock, she shared, “It’s the most magnificent thing I’ve ever seen.”
Massive rock rocks relationship
While things heated up quickly for the pair, Lopez and Affleck decided to postpone their 2003 wedding.
“Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date,” the couple said in a joint statement. “When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realized that something was awry.”
They continued, “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.”
Bennifer no more
Calling off their engagement was a clear sign that things weren’t going well for the couple following the hot ‘n’ heavy early days of their romance.
In 2004, Lopez and Affleck revealed that they were officially calling off their engagement and ending their relationship.
“Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy,” a rep tersely told People at the time.
“I am not going to confirm anything about his personal life,” Affleck’s rep added. “We don’t want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It’s not happening from our side.”
Living their separate lives
Both stars moved on to other relationships fairly quickly, tying the knot with other celebs around the same time.
Lopez went on to marry Marc Anthony in June 2004, with whom she had two children: twins Emme and Max, born in 2008.
Meanwhile, Affleck tied the knot with Jennifer Garner in June 2005 and went on to welcome three kids with the actress: Violet, Seraphina, and Sam.
AffGar would last slightly longer than AnthoPez, however, with the Latin music superstars splitting in 2014 and the big-screen couple following suit in 2018.
The J-Rod saga starts … and ends
Lopez entered into another whirlwind romance with Alex Rodriguez in 2017, moving into a $15 million love nest with him after a year of dating.
Then in 2019, the pair announced that they were officially engaged.
But Lopez called off their engagement after rumors swirled that Rodriguez had been up to no good with “Southern Charm” star Madison LeCroy.
In March 2021, Page Six exclusively reported that their engagement was off, and nearly a month later they confirmed that they had ended things for good.
Meanwhile, Affleck was linked to a slew of women during J-Rod’s run, including “Knives Out” star Ana De Armas until January 2021.
Sparks fly for Bennifer again
While the duo went their separate ways and started families, they still seemingly remained on good terms.
Affleck praised Lopez’s work ethic in April 2021, telling InStyle, “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”
A 2000s throwback
Affleck and Lopez took the world by storm when they were first spotted hanging out together again in LA in April 2021 and in Montana the following month.
Things continued to heat up for the duo and they were soon after spotted on a romantic getaway in Miami.
And in June, we reported that their PDA left little doubt that the pair were fully back together again after photos of Ben and Jen getting cozy on a date surfaced.
Taking things slow
While it looked like Lopez and Affleck jumped back into their relationship with lightning speed, their rekindling may have been coming for quite some time, as Affleck reportedly sent love letters to J.Lo prior to her breakup from Rodriguez.
That romantic streak seems to have carried over into the second act of the couple, who were “very affectionate” during a June dinner date in West Hollywood.
But as Page Six reported in June, while things are getting serious for the couple, Lopez’s children remain her first priority.