Is It Time To Update Ben Affleck And Jennifer Lopez’s Relationship Timeline?

17 years after calling off their engagement, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are back.

Nearly 20 years after their romance took the world by storm, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are back making headlines. If you haven’t already heard the news, Bennifer may be making a comeback. It comes after Jennifer Lopez announced her split from her fiancé Alex Rodriguez after being together for four years.

This makes an interesting case to study Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s relationship timeline, how it all started and what happened in those 17 years apart.

December 2001

The pair first connected in 2001 on the set of their movie Gigli. While J.Lo was still married to her second husband, dancer Cris Judd in 2002, but was on the verge of a divorce, she recalled during a 2016 interview with People that she knew she had something special with Ben. “I felt like . . . ‘Okay, this is it,’” she said.

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November 2002

The surprise came in for fans during a November 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer. Jennifer announced her engagement to Ben and showed off her new 6-carat pink diamond ring. Speaking about the proposal, J.Lo told Diane it was “traditional, but also in a very spectacular way, as of course Ben would do it. It was very, very beautiful.”

That same month, Ben stars in J.Lo’s iconic Jenny from the Block video:

September 2003

September brought in another surprise for Bennifer fans. Just four days before they planned to say “I do” in Santa Barbara, the couple decided to postpone the big day. “Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date,” the couple confirmed in a statement. “When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realised 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. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families, and our friends.”

January 2004

In a shocking reveal, the couple confirmed their split with a simple statement from J.Lo’s rep that read, “I am confirming the report that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy.” The reason wasn’t provided.

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October 2008

While the breakup remained a mystery for years, during a 2008 appearance on the British TV show Live, Ben said that the constant media scrutiny put a strain on the relationship. “I think Jen and I made a mistake in that we fell in love, we were excited and maybe too accessible,” he explained. “I don’t think either of us anticipated the degree to which it would take on a world of its own.”

March 2016

After a gap of Almost seven-and-a-half years, Jennifer Lopez also believed that the tabloid attention majorly impacted their relationship.

February 2020

Everyone was left bummed when J.Lo didn’t receive an Oscar nod for her work in 2019’s Hustlers. That’s when Ben told the New York Times that J.Lo should have been nominated for Hustlers. “She’s the real thing. I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her. How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50? That’s f*****g baller,” he said.

April 2021

After J.Lo announced her split from A-Rod, Affleck was spotted in a white SUV, supposedly to visit Lopez.

May 2021

The duo was spotted vacationing in Big Sky, Montana. 

In all these years, Ben Affleck was married to Jennifer Garner between 2005- 2018, with whom he shares three children. Meanwhile, J.Lo was married to Marc Anthony for seven years, until the couple split in 2011. They have two children together.

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