A timeline of Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck’s relationship from scratch

Written By: Pragati Awasthi

Once again Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez romance is in full swing and no one can be happier than us! Nearly two decades ago, they came close while shooting a movie and went on to become one of Hollywood's power couples. 

As the world is seeing Bennifer 2.0 version, here we bring you the whole story of their romance from the year 2001 to 2021. 

The one where it all started

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez starred together for the first time in the movie 'Gigli'. Although the movie terribly failed at the box office, their relationship sparkled.

At that time, Lopez was married to her second husband, Cris Judd, but Lopez filed for divorce in June 2002 and it was finalised the following year.


End of her second maariage

Around March 2002, rumours surfaced that Lopez and Affleck are more than friends and the following year, Lopez filed for divorce from Judd. They had got married in September 2001, but things turned out differently for the couple throughout their relationship and they called it off in June 2002.


Bennifer happened

Being in media eyes for months, by the end of the year 2002, the couple were engaged.

After Lopez’s music video for 'Jenny from the Block', in November 2002, Affleck popped the question with a 6.1-carat pink diamond by Harry Winston that reportedly cost $2.5 million. Lopez disclosed the happy news in an interview with Sawyer calling the proposal “traditional, but also in a very spectacular way. 


Second movie together

Despite the failure of 'Gigli', the couple got together again and filmed their second movie, 'Jersey Girl' -- in the movie, Lopez played Affleck’s character’s wife who died onscreen immediately. The movie turned out another box office bomb.

The movie released in 2004 after the couple split. 


Academy red carpet

Considered as one of the Hollywood's power couples, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez rose the temperature when they walked the red carpet at the 75th Annual Academy Awards. 


Bennifer split

After a hush-hush year, in September 2003, days before their planned wedding, the couple decided to postpone it, citing ''excessive media attention''.

In 2004, months after on-again-off-again rumours about their wedding and relationship, Lopez and Affleck officially called off their engagement and ended their relationship.


Gone separate ways

After their split, Jennifer and Ben both moved on quickly and tied the knot with other celebs and had kids. 

In June 2004, Jennifer married friend and singer Marc Anthony, with whom she shares twins. Meanwhile, the 'Batman' star tied the knot with Jennifer Garner in June 2005 in a private ceremony. The couple shares three children together.

Anthony and Lopez divorced in 2014. Lasting longer, Garner and Affleck finalised their divorce in 2018.


Rodriguez entered JLo's life

The couple began dating in early 2017 and announced their engagement in March 2019. After two years of dating, the couple were scheduled to tie the knot in Italy in June 2020, but after the Coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, they had to put their wedding plans on hold.

After months of speculation, in April this year, the couple officially confirmed that they have parted ways. 
The 51-year-old singer and 45-year-old baseball player issued an official statement, reading: ''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''. 

''We wish the best for each other and one another's children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support,", they concluded. 


Affleck and Ana De Armas' whirlwind romance

In 2020, Affleck began dating Ana de Armas while filming the upcoming thriller 'Deep Water' in New Orleans. Nearly making headline for a year, the couple called it quits in January 2021. 

"Ben is no longer dating Ana," a source told People magazine. "She broke it off. Their relationship was complicated. Ana doesn't want to be Los Angeles based and Ben obviously has to since his kids live in Los Angeles." 


Bennifer 2.0

This year, Ben and Jennifer seem to have rekindled their relationship. The couple were quick to take the headlines when the reports of their reunion started swirling.

Affleck was first spotted going into Lopez's home in April, in the midst of her split with Alex Rodriguez.

A source at the time had told Page Six, "They are friends ... they've never not been." However, everything remained calm until the duo was spotted hanging out together and were pictured enjoying time together at her rental house. 


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