Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Relationship Timeline

Before there was Marc Anthony and Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Garner and Ana de Armas, there was Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.

Bennifer was the It couple of the early aughts. Though the two went their separate ways in 2004, they have since resurrected one of Hollywood’s favorite romances, being spotted on multiple loved up outings and red carpet appearances together.

Ahead, we take a stroll down memory lane and track Ben and Jen’s relationship history, from how they met to the stunning pink diamond that Affleck proposed with in 2002 and beyond.

Early 2002

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck both met on the set of Gigli, which went awry at the box office, while their relationship went downhill. Jennifer Lopez was married to her second husband, Chris Judd, but Jennifer Lopez filed for divorce in June 2002 and it was finalized the following year.

Novmber 2002

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were engaged until November 2002. Proposed engagement to Ben Affleck with a 6-carat pink diamond ring.

Novmber 2002

The “Jenny From The Block” music video premiered on TRL after weeks of paparazzi pics from Seth. Ben Affleck worked and engaged in some heavy PDA with Jennifer Lopez.

2003

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck made the second film Jersey Girl to film together. This is another box office bomb.

September 2003

A few days before they were ready to say “I do”, Bennifer called off the wedding. They cited “excessive media attention” but stayed together.

January 2004

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck announced their breakup.

March 2016

Jennifer Lopez believed that tabloid attention majorly affected the relationship. “I think different thing, different time, who knows what could have happened, but there was a real love there,” she told Jess Cagle.

February 2020

Ben Affleck said Jennifer Lopez should have received Oscar nod for her work in Hustlers. He should have been nominated. That’s the real thing, he told New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes. I keep in touch with Lopez from time to time and have great respect for her. How awesome is it that he had the biggest hits of 50 years? that’s  f-king baller.

April 2021

Ben Affleck was seen in a white SUV, believed to be traveling to Jennifer Lopez.

May 2021

Less than two weeks after Us confirmed that the former couple had been spending time together again, the duo were spotted vacationing in Big Sky, Montana. “They looked very happy together,” an insider told Us of the trip. “It was just the two of them on vacation together. Big Sky is a special place to Ben.”

May 2021

After sparking romance speculation in April 2021, a source exclusively told Us in May that the exes have “always loved each other” and Lopez’s friends “won’t be surprised if they end up together.” A second source added that the duo had a “heart-to-heart” following their respective splits from Ana de Armas and Alex Rodriguez in 2021, which “reignited a spark between them.”

May 2021

A few days after Lopez was in California to visit Affleck, the Massachusetts native and Grammy nominee were spotted hanging out in Miami together. Photos obtained by Delhi Mail in May 2021 showed the director walking behind Lopez as the musician smiled during their Florida outing.

Jennifer Lopez and Without Break are both very happy with each other and are excited to see how far the relationship goes. “They’re totally dating and very happy together.”

June 2021

The love birds were meeting in Malibu when they attended Jennifer Lopez’s sister’s birthday dinner in Nobu. The two packed on the PDA as they closed their lips and stayed close all night.

July 2021

The Gigli costars got cozy in the Hamptons while celebrating 4th of July shortly after taking their kids on a fun-filled trip to Universal Studios in Hollywood. Days later, Lopez gushed that she’s “never been better” during an interview on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music radio show. “It’s the best time of my life,” she said.

July 2021

As their relationship progressed the pair was completely banned to start a future together and planned to move in together very soon. In the same month it was revealed that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were house hunting in Beverly Hills and Bel Air.

July 2021

There have been times in my life where I haven’t felt as happy as anyone else. And I think I’m good at hiding it from the public because I don’t think it’s their burden. Jennifer Lopez put them on her while promoting her single “Cambia El Paso” on Apple Music, saying she had been feeling “really, really good” in months. “Everything is just wonderful and I feel great. Everything is beautiful.

July 2021

The pair were spotted house-hunting in the chic Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of the homes they looked at was listed at $65 million and included a bowling alley, movie theater, gym and wine cellar. the duo packed on the PDA while looking at real estate.

July 2021

The “Dance Again” singer playfully dodged a question about whether she looks “happier” during an interview with Hoda Kotb. She replied she is “always happy when you see me” after the Today host commented on her appearance. When Kotb asked point-blank if she was “happier,” Lopez turned the discussion back to her new song with Lin-Manuel Miranda. “The song is out, five years since we’ve done it,” she said on the Today show appearance. “And I believe that that message of loving one another and coming together and love, is never more relevant than it is right now.”

July 2021

In the montage, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck get cozy in a black and white photo booth Snape.

July 2021

The two went to France to celebrate Jennifer Lopez’s 52nd birthday. They reached Nice by a plane and headed straight to the sea. They told the time in smuggling and kissing on a yacht off the coast of Monaco.

August 2021

After Jennifer Lopez’s daughter joined the couple for dinner at Craig’s in Los Angeles, Ben Affleck was seen supporting his girlfriend on the set of a new project.

August 2021

Ben Affleck’s daughters join Jennifer Lopez and her teenage twins at the Pantz Theater in Hollywood.

September 2021

The duo attended the Venice International Film Festival premiere of Affleck’s movie The Last Duel, marking their first red carpet appearance since rekindling their romance earlier in the year. Prior to the event, their last red carpet outing together was for the August 2003 premiere of Gigli.

September 2021

The two forge some family ties when they take Ben Affleck’s daughters, Seraphina and Violet, as well as Lopez’s twins, Emme and Max, to an outdoor movie in Los Angeles.

September 2021

Affleck gushed over his “strong” girlfriend as she was named Adweek’s 2021 Brand Visionary. “I am in awe of what Jennifer’s effect on the world is. At most, as an artist, I can make movies that move people. Jennifer has inspired a massive group of people to feel they have a seat at the table in this country. That is an effect few people throughout history have had, one I will never know and one I can only stand by and admire with respect,” he noted at the time.

October 2021

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez posed on the red carpet for the New York premiere of The Last Duel at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

December 2021

The couple masquerades as they go to the movies with their kids in Los Angeles on December 4.

December 2021

The couple spent the night together at the Los Angeles Lakers game, sitting on the edge of the court and sharing kisses in between plays. When Jumbo Tran aired a video of the happy couple engaged in some light PDA, they burst into joy again.

January 2022

“This is adorable from The Tender Bar,” the “On My Way” songstress gushed while opening a PR box from the Prime Video movie via Instagram Story. “There’s a great scene in a bowling alley with Ben and the little boy. Ben plays his uncle [and] they’re both amazing in the movie if you haven’t seen it, you should. This is awesome.”

February 2022

The Marry Me star said she and Affleck are trying to keep their relationship private because they remember the publicity circus of their early ’00s romance.

“I think what we learned from the last time is that love, when you are lucky enough to find it, is so sacred and special and you have to hold a little bit of that privately and that’s what we’ve learned,” Lopez said during an appearance on Today. “But we’re very happy, if that’s what you wondering about.”

March 2022

Affleck subtly appeared in Lopez’s “Marry Me” music video. While the actor’s face isn’t shown, eagle-eyed fans spotted his arm and neck in the final shot, cuddling Lopez in bed. In another scene, a portrait of Affleck is visible atop her piano.

April 2022

After Selling Sunset star Emma Hernan mentioned her alleged Raya exchange with Affleck during season 5 of the Netflix series, a rep for the actor told Us that the pair “never met.” Hernan later clarified to E!’s Daily Pop that the dating app messages were sent in 2019, though she said on the reality show that it happened “right before” Affleck and Lopez reunited. As the scene raised eyebrows, a source told Us that the fiancés “couldn’t be happier,” adding, “This isn’t affecting their relationship one bit.”

June 2022

While accepting the Generation Award at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Lopez concluded her speech with a sweet message for Affleck. “Ben and everybody at home, wait for me to have dinner. I will be home by 7!” she said.

That same month, the performer reflected on the couple’s full circle connection. “It’s a beautiful moment,” Lopez told Entertainment Tonight about rekindling her romance with Affleck. “I feel like there’s a lot left for me. So, I’m very excited about it. I do think it’s just halftime.”

June 2022

“Happy Father’s Day to the most caring, loving, affectionate, consistent and selfless Daddy ever,” Lopez captioned an Instagram video of affectionate moments between her and Affleck in honor of the holiday.

The social media post also included a voiceover from the Marry Me actress, which said, “This is the best time of my life. I love my career, but nothing is more fulfilling to me than being able to build a family with someone who I love deeply and who is just as dedicated to family and to each other as we can be. And I’m feeling incredibly blessed.”

July 2022

Us confirmed on July 17 that the pair had obtained a marriage license on Saturday, July 16, before their walk down the aisle in Las Vegas. They tied the knot just after midnight at The Little White Chapel, nearly 20 years after their initial engagement.

“They both thought it was a fun and casual way to tie the knot,” an insider exclusively told Us at the time.

July 2022

The songstress released wedding photos hours after Us confirmed that the couple secretly got married in Las Vegas on July 17. The pair got hitched at The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas.

“We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” Lopez wrote in her “On the JLo” newsletter.

July 2022

The newlyweds jetted off to Paris less than one week after tying the knot.

August 2022

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez tied the knot for a second time on August 20 at his Georgia residence.

August 2022

The newlyweds jetted off to Lake Como, Italy, after exchanging vows in Georgia. They got cozy on a speed boat and kept their PDA to a minimum.

August 2022

Following their Georgia nuptials, the Maid in Manhattan star performed a new song for her hubby at the reception, complete with backup dancers and singers. The title of the track is unknown, but Lopez crooned the lyrics “can’t get enough” various times while Affleck look on in adoration.

September 2022

The Marry Me star shared details of the pair’s Georgia wedding festivities in the September edition of her “On the J.Lo” newsletter.

“It had rained at sunset every day that week. Everyone was worried about the heat, the aptly named ‘love bugs,’ the details, would the guests all arrive on time, etc. — not to mention the thunder and lightning that arrived almost on cue each day at the exact time the ceremony was supposed to start that Saturday,” Lopez wrote. “Oh, and all of us caught a stomach bug and were recuperating ‘til late in the week, that, and along with a few other unexpected setbacks, had all the makings of a doozie of a wedding weekend.

Despite the various concerns, the “Let’s Get Loud” singer revealed she “never had a doubt” the wedding would go off without a hitch. The “sun broke free” just minutes before the couple said “I do,” and Lopez referred to it as “one of the most perfect moments” of their lives.

“The sky was clear blue, and distant clouds of pure white held fast in the sky. As the sun set behind the live oaks draped in Spanish moss, a warm breeze swept over the lawn where our closest family and friends sat and, at long-last, I started my walk down the stairs that would become the aisle that would lead me toward the rest of my life. Ahhhhh … it was actually happening,” she gushed about the romantic ceremony.

The New York native also revealed the song that played during the first dance — “The Things We Handed Down” by Marc Cohn — and spoke about serenading her hubby at the reception, which took the Good Will Hunting star’s breath away.

“When he saw me appear at the top of the stairs that moment it both made absolute sense while seeming still impossibly hard to believe, like the best dream, where all you want is never to awaken,” Lopez noted. when I got close enough to see his face, it made the same wonderful sense to me. Some old wounds were healed that day and the weight of the past finally lifted off our shoulders. Full-circle — and not at all the way we planned it. Better.”

September 2022

The newlyweds looked ecstatically in love as they beat the California heat during the Malibu Chili Cook-off on Labor Day. Jennifer Lopez stunned in a flowing white linen dress, while Ben Affleck for his part wore a khaki Slacks this and a light blue button-down.

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