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Is J Lo with Ben Affleck?

On January 22, 2004, the two ended their engagement. J.Lo confirmed the sad news through her spokesperson. "I am confirming the report that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck," the statement said at the time, per MTV. "At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy." HarpersBAZAAR.comJennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's Official Relationship Timeline

What happened with JLO and Ben Affleck?

The couple officially split in January 2004. At the time, Lopez's rep said, "Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy." Both attributed the demise of their relationship to all the media attention. USA TODAYIs Bennifer back? Here's a look at Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's relationship

Are Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck still friends?

Yes, exes Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have been hanging out — but no need to panic. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez at an L.A. Lakers game in May 2003. The two have reportedly stayed friends since their early 2004 breakup. Los Angeles TimesChill, folks: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are hanging out

Did JLO and Alex break up?

April 15, 2021: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez announce they've officially broken up. On April 15, just over a month after the initial reports of a split, Lopez and Rodriguez announced that they had, indeed, ended their relationship. MarieClaire.comJennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck: Everything We Know

The duo, who were previously engaged in the early 2000s, turned heads and dropped jaws after they were spotted spending some alone time in Montana last week.

Sources told E! News the friendly exes enjoyed a weeklong vacation at the Yellowstone Club, where it was "just the two of them." The Hustlers actress and Oscar winner traveled to the state following their appearances at the VAX LIVE concert special in Los Angeles on May 2.

Naturally, their getaway spread like wildfire and sent fans into a frenzy.

However, a source tells E! News there's one person who "doesn't want to be a part of the circus or media attention in any way." Ben Affleck's ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.

The former couple, who finalized their divorced in 2018, share three kids together—Violet, 15, Serafina, 12, and Samuel, 9.

"She's trying to live her life and raise her kids and the last thing she wants to be doing is be dealing with Ben's love life," the insider explains of the Yes Day actress. "Her focus is always on the kids' happiness and Ben being a good father."

It was just Sunday, May 9, that Ben paid tribute to his ex-wife with a sweet Mother's Day shout-out.

"So happy to share these kids with you," the Justice League actor captioned his post. "Luckiest parents in the world. Thanks for all the good you do. Happy Mother's Day. Love, their Dad."

The Daredevil actress might be staying out of her ex-husband's personal life, but a source close to J.Lo previously told E! News it hasn't been as easy for Alex Rodriguez. As fans know, it's been about a month since the retired MLB player and "Dinero" singer officially ended their four-year relationship and called off their engagement.

Per the insider, "A-Rod is shocked that J.Lo has moved on. He truly thought they would be able to make it work and reconnect."

"He has been reaching out to J.Lo trying to meet with her and she has been very short with him," the source shared. "She's not interested in rekindling anything with A-Rod and is done."

Another insider close to the J.Lo Beauty founder explained that she "wants to give it a shot with Ben."

"They never really had closure and she has always wondered what could have been. The timing was never right and they were in different places until now," the insider described, adding, "She finally has had the opportunity to spend time with him and see where this could lead...She wants to keep seeing him and is very happy."

Even before the duo briefly reunited in late April and jetted off to Montana, their off-the-charts chemistry was clear in an April interview with InStyle with Jennifer, where celebs like BFF Leah Remini, ex-husband Marc Anthony and even Michelle Obama also chimed in on the megastar.

When asked about that famous "J.Lo glow" the Batman V Superman actor quipped, "Why do you look the same as you did in 2003 and it kind of looks like I'm in my 40s… at best?" with J.Lo responding, "Ben is funny! He still looks pretty good, too."

Jokes aside, Ben complimented the Bronx native for her extraordinary ambition and ever-evolving career.

"I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out," he gushed. "The seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts."

"She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I've come across in this business," he continued. "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."

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Kevin Smith reminds the world he created the term 'Bennifer' amid work on 2004's Jersey Girl

Daily Mail 12 May, 2021 - 04:00am

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Kevin Smith took to Twitter on Monday amid news of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez rekindling their romance, reminding the public that he pointed the phrase Bennifer amid the making of his 2004 film Jersey Girl.

'"Bennifer" is trending,' said the Red Bank, New Jersey native, 50. 'It’s a name I first gave the kids during “Jersey Girl” pre-production, before the world found out they were dating.

He continued, 'I’d later drop the name in an interview with the @nytimes. Shortly thereafter, it appeared in the article and then entered the vernacular.'

Trendsetter: Kevin Smith, 50, took to Twitter on Monday amid news of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez rekindling their romance, reminding the public that he pointed the phrase Bennifer amid the making of his 2004 film Jersey Girl

Smith directed the movie which starred Affleck as Ollie Trinke, Lopez as Gertrude Steiney and a cast featuring Liv Tyler, Damon's pal Matt Damon and the late George Carlin.

The director of films such as Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back spoke about the celeb portmanteau after Daily Mail published photos of the couple together on an excursion in Montana, some 17 years after they called off their engagement in January of 2004 after getting involved in July of 2002.

In photos of the couple, Affleck, 48, and Lopez, 51, were seated in an SUV with Affleck driving. The outing marked the second time in a week that It is the second time Affleck and Lopez had been seen together.

Affleck has past taken ex-wife Jennifer Garner, 49, and their three children, Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9, to the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana, where he reportedly owns a chalet.

 The veteran filmmaker looked in good spirits as he was snapped Monday in Austin, Texas

Flashback: Affleck played Ollie Trinke and Lopez played Gertrude Steiney in the movie 

Flashback: Smith directed the movie, which also featured Liv Tyler, Damon's pal Matt Damon and the late George Carlin 

An insider told E! News Monday that Lopez and Affleck went to the Yellowstone Club in Montana in a private jet for a weeklong excursion, coming in the wake of their respective splits from Alex Rodriguez and Ana de Armas earlier this year.

A Lopez insider told the outlet that she and Affleck 'have been in touch here and there throughout the years' ... as 'it's natural between them and the chemistry is unreal.'

'Ben reached out to her to see how she was doing and they had dinner together a few times within this last month ... they picked up where they last left off and are enjoying each other's company right now.'

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All the Ladies Ben Affleck Has Romanced, Including 2 Famous Jennifers

msnNOW 12 May, 2021 - 04:00am

Ben Affleck has had some highly publicized romances during his time in the spotlight, but his list of ex-lovers is actually pretty short. While it's clear he has a thing for Jennifers (he was engaged to one and married the other), he also has a habit of dating his costars. At the moment, Ben doesn't appear to be dating anyone, however, he has been spending a lot of time recently with his ex, Jennifer Lopez, following her split from Alex Rodriguez last month. They even took a trip to Montana together! Let's look back at the rest of his former flames over the years.

The short-film director was one of the first ladies to steal Ben's heart. The pair, who were high-school sweethearts, first met at summer camp and dated for about seven years before splitting in 1997, following the actor's rise to fame with Good Will Hunting.

After splitting from his high-school sweetheart, Ben started an A-list romance with Gwyneth. The two dated off and on from 1997 to late 2000 and even shared the screen together in Shakespeare in Love and Bounce, where they played love interests.

On the heels of his highly publicized split from J Lo, Ben fell for yet another one of his costars on the set of Daredevil. In 2005, the duo got married during a private ceremony in the Caribbean. They welcomed three children together, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, before announcing their separation in 2015. Nearly two years later, they officially filed for divorce, but have remained amicable exes as they coparent their children.

In July 2017, news broke that the Justice League actor was romancing Lindsay Shookus, a producer at Saturday Night Live. While their relationship seemed fairly new at first, Us Weekly reported that Ben had actually been seeing Lindsay on and off since 2015 while he was still married to Jennifer and she was married to former SNL colleague Kevin Miller. However, after their fair share of ups and downs, the couple split for good in April 2019.

Ben then began dating his Deep Water costar in the spring of 2020. They were together for nearly a year before they split in January 2021. According to People, Ana was the one who broke things off. "Their relationship was complicated," a source told the publication. "Ana doesn't want to be Los Angeles-based and Ben obviously has to, since his kids live in Los Angeles."

In 2002, Ben started dating the "Jenny from the Block" singer after meeting on the set of their movie Gigli. The pair, better known as their couple name Bennifer, became engaged a few months later in November when the actor popped the question with a $2.5 million diamond engagement ring. Less than a year later, their wedding was postponed because of "excessive media attention," which led to their breakup in January 2004.

Fast-forward to today, and Jen and Ben are hanging out again following Jen's split from Alex Rodriguez. The two were spotted spending time together in Montana in May, though the status of their relationship remains unclear.

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