Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, or Bennifer as they are affectionately known by fans, have been one of the most talked-about celebrity couples of the past year. The pair, who first dated and got engaged in the early 2000s, reunited in 2021 after both ending their respective relationships. Since then, they have been inseparable, traveling the world together, spending time with each other’s families, and even getting married in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas.
But how did Bennifer come to be? And what makes them the ultimate Hollywood power couple? Here’s a timeline of their relationship, from their first meeting to their recent nuptials.
How They Met
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez met on the set of the romantic comedy “Gigli” in December 2001. At the time, Lopez was married to her second husband, dancer Cris Judd, while Affleck was dating actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The two became friends and bonded over their shared love of movies and music.
In April 2002, Affleck took out a full-page ad in trade publications to praise Lopez’s performance in “Gigli” and express his admiration for her. He wrote: “It has been nothing but an honor and a pleasure to work with you. I only wish I were lucky enough to be in all your movies.” He signed the ad with “With love, respect, and gratitude, Ben Affleck.”
A few months later, Lopez filed for divorce from Judd, citing irreconcilable differences. She and Affleck were soon spotted kissing by paparazzi, confirming their romance.
The First Engagement
In November 2002, Affleck proposed to Lopez with a stunning 6.1-carat pink diamond ring from Harry Winston. The ring reportedly cost $2.5 million and became one of the most iconic celebrity engagement rings of all time.
The couple also appeared as each other’s love interests in Lopez’s music video for “Jenny from the Block,” which addressed the media attention surrounding their relationship. In one scene, Affleck famously kissed Lopez’s famous booty on a yacht.
The following year, the couple made their red carpet debut at the 75th Annual Academy Awards, where they looked glamorous and happy.
However, things started to go downhill for Bennifer in 2003. Their movie “Gigli” was released in July and was widely panned by critics and audiences alike. It became one of the biggest box office flops in history and earned several Razzie Awards for worst film.
In September 2003, just days before their planned wedding in Santa Barbara, California, the couple announced that they had postponed their nuptials due to the excessive media attention. They said in a statement: “Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date. When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realized that something was awry. We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised.”
The couple tried to salvage their relationship by spending some time apart and working on different projects. They also starred in another movie together, “Jersey Girl,” which was released in March 2004. However, by January 2004, they had officially called off their engagement and parted ways.
After their breakup, both Lopez and Affleck moved on with other partners. Lopez married singer Marc Anthony in June 2004 and had twins with him in 2008. They divorced in 2014. Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner in June 2005 and had three children with her. They separated in 2015 and divorced in 2018.
Lopez went on to date former baseball player Alex Rodriguez from 2017 to 2021. They got engaged in March 2019 but never set a wedding date. Affleck dated producer Lindsay Shookus from 2017 to 2019 and actress Ana de Armas from 2020 to 2021.
In April 2021, Lopez and Rodriguez announced that they had ended their engagement and relationship after four years together. They said in a statement: “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so.”
Around the same time, Affleck was spotted visiting Lopez’s home in Los Angeles several times. In May 2021, they were seen vacationing together in Montana, where Affleck owns a home. They also attended the VAX LIVE concert in Los Angeles, where Lopez performed.
Since then, the couple has been inseparable, traveling to various destinations such as Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. They have also been spending time with each other’s children and families, and have been seen exchanging sweet gestures such as wearing matching outfits and jewelry.
The Second Engagement and Wedding
In July 2021, Lopez celebrated her 52nd birthday in St. Tropez with Affleck. She also made their relationship Instagram official by posting a photo of them kissing on a yacht. The same yacht, in fact, where Affleck had kissed her booty 18 years ago.
A few days later, Lopez was spotted wearing her pink diamond ring from Affleck again, sparking rumors that they had gotten engaged for the second time. However, neither of them confirmed or denied the speculation.
In August 2021, the couple attended the Venice Film Festival, where Affleck’s movie “The Last Duel” premiered. They made their red carpet debut as a couple again and looked stunning and smitten.
In September 2021, the couple surprised everyone by getting married in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas. According to a source close to Lopez, they flew to Vegas on a private jet, stood in line for a license with four other couples, and got married at the Little White Wedding Chapel by midnight. They exchanged their own vows and rings, and took pictures in a pink Cadillac convertible.
Lopez confirmed their wedding in her newsletter the next day, writing: “In the end it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined.” She also signed off as Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.
Why They Are the Ultimate Hollywood Power Couple
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are not only one of the most famous celebrity couples in the world, but also one of the most successful and influential. Both of them have had long and illustrious careers in entertainment, spanning multiple genres and mediums.
Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, dancer, producer, and entrepreneur. She has sold over 70 million records worldwide and has starred in several hit movies such as “Selena,” “Out of Sight,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Hustlers,” and more. She has also produced several TV shows and films, such as “World of Dance,” “Shades of Blue,” and “The Boy Next Door.” She has also launched her own clothing line, fragrance line, skincare line, and makeup line.
Affleck is an Oscar-winning actor, director, writer, and producer. He has starred in several acclaimed movies such as “Good Will Hunting,” “Argo,” “Gone Girl,” “The Town,” and more. He has also directed several critically acclaimed films such as “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” “Argo,” and “The Way Back.” He has also produced several movies and TV shows such as “Project Greenlight,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “City on a Hill,” and more.
Together, they have a combined net worth of over $700 million and have a huge fan base around the world. They are also known for their philanthropic work and activism for various causes such as education, health care, human rights, environmental issues, and more.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have proven that they are not only a perfect match for each other but also a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. They have overcome many challenges and obstacles in their personal and professional lives and have come out stronger than ever. They have also shown that true love can last through time and distance and that sometimes second chances are worth taking.