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Updated February 17th, 2024 at 16:41 IST

Jennifer Lopez Recalls Cancelling Wedding With Ben Affleck In 2003, Bennifer Getting Back Together

Jennifer Lopez has opened up on rekindling her romance with her now husband Ben Affleck after calling off her wedding with him once.

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck
Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck | Image:X
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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck recently tied the knot in 2022 after having briefly dated in 2003. The actor-singer couple was engaged to be wed back in 2003 but called off their wedding due to excessive media coverage. In 2022, the couple announced their marriage and eventually exchanged vows. In a new interview, the Get On The Floor hitmaker opened up about the past. 

Jennifer Lopex opens up on the initial split with Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez has opened up about a difficult time with her now-husband Ben Affleck, as reported by People. In a recent interview with Apple Music 1's Zane Lowe, the Hustlers actor discussed how she and Ben Affleck put off their first wedding in September 2003, nearly two decades before they married. "We didn't break up right at that moment, it happened over the series of the next few months," explained Lopez, who eventually split from Affleck in January 2004. "Because what it did was it cast doubt in me, and both of us, about what our relationship was and where it was going, I think."

"I knew in my heart that I wanted to be with him for the rest of my life, I knew that. But it didn't feel like we were going to make it," continued Lopez, whose new film This Is Me...Now: A Love Story premieres Friday on Prime Video. "And so, it scared me." Lopez, who met Affleck in 2002 while working on the film Gigli, claimed they weren't "mature enough" to figure out their relationship. "Even though he was in his late 20s, I was in my early 30s, it still, it wasn't ... we weren't ready to deal with, and look at each other and go, what we have is real, we need to buckle down, we need to do some work," she explained. "We just weren't there yet." Following their separation, Lopez married musician Marc Anthony, with whom she has 15-year-old twins Max and Emme. She and Anthony separated in 2011 after seven years of marriage, as per People.

Jennifer Lopez on rekindling romance with Ben Affleck 

The Argo director married Jennifer Garner in 2005. Violet, 18, Seraphina, 15, and Samuel, 11, were born to the couple before their separation in 2015. "We went, and we both tried, and found other people, and had beautiful children, and had other families, and then even had other relationships after that," Lopez said in her interview with Lowe. "It wasn't until both of us had done, I know for me, a lot of work, and got into a place where I was like, 'You know what? I'm totally good on my own. I'm chill, I love my life, I have this amazing career that I've built for myself, I have these amazing children ... I have great friends.' That's when he showed back up," she said.

She and Affleck rejoined as a couple in 2021 and married in a surprise Las Vegas ceremony the next year. This Is Me...Now had its Los Angeles debut on Tuesday night. Lopez became tearful when acknowledging Affleck before the screening. "There is the person who inspired this for me, who has inspired me my whole life. He just, he inspired an album 20 years ago and I know he hates that I'm doing this right now," she said, referring to Affleck and her 2002 album This Is Me...Then. "He's just like, 'Please shut up.' No! And I say no. I say, I love you and thank you for believing in me and helping me believe in myself," she said. "And helping me to grow every single day. Thank you for the family that we've created and our children and everything that you do for me."

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Published February 17th, 2024 at 16:41 IST

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