We positively did not count on the most recent early-’00s popular culture throwback to be a possible rekindling between famous exes Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, and but, right here we’re! The couple formerly known as “Bennifer” was a Hollywood staple within the early 2000s, and it has been so lengthy that you simply won’t even keep in mind how they met within the first place.
Lopez and Affleck first met in 2001 after they have been each forged in Gigli, a rom-com launched in 2003. Affleck starred as Larry Gigli, a low-level Los Angeles mobster with an inflated sense of his personal significance, reverse Lopez as Ricki, a lady employed by Larry’s boss to ensure he will get his newest job achieved proper. On the time they met, Lopez was nonetheless married to her second husband, dancer Cris Judd, however rumors about her chemistry along with her costar Affleck picked up fairly shortly. As soon as she and Judd publicly cut up, she and Affleck went public.
“I felt like . . . ‘Okay, this is it,'” Lopez informed Folks in 2016, reflecting on her and Affleck’s preliminary assembly. “I believe totally different time totally different factor, who is aware of what may’ve occurred, however there was a real love there.” She additionally recalled the pressures of being a high-profile celeb couple throughout that period. “We did not attempt to have a public relationship. We simply occurred to be collectively on the start of the tabloids, and it was like ‘Oh my God.’ It was simply loads of strain.”
Because it turned out, neither the couple nor the film they met on lasted the take a look at of time. After getting engaged in late 2002, Lopez and Affleck postponed their wedding a day earlier than the ceremony in September 2003, then broke up in January 2004. Gigli, in the meantime, was a large flop on the field workplace and has gone down in historical past as one of many worst motion pictures of all time (it sits at an extremely low 6 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). Lopez went on up to now longtime buddy Marc Anthony, who she married in 2004 and had twins with in 2008; their relationship led to 2011. Affleck, in the meantime, started relationship Jennifer Garner. They married in 2005 and had three kids collectively earlier than their divorce in 2017.