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    The Complete 19-Year Bennifer Saga

    It’s a 19-year-old Hollywood love tale. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez renewed their romance in Montana during the last week, now that the stars have aligned and they are both single at the same time… again. Between 2002 and 2004, their tenure lasted for less than two years.

    Glamourous romance fuelled the early tabloid culture, established the norm for ship names, and then vanished as quickly as it started. In a year, they were married to different people, taking up space in celebrity headlines. They’ve returned back to their pre-Y2K habits.

    ‘Co-stars’ and ‘Acquaintances’

    Jennifer Lopez and Hollywood’s golden kid, Ben Affleck, met on the set of Gigli in early 2002, when Lopez was still married to Cris Judd, her second husband. Where else does Ben Affleck meet his girlfriends at this stage of his career? Raya does not yet exist.

    Affleck took out a full-page advertisement in trade publications in April 2002 to praise J.Lo, which does not exactly scream “bestie vibes exclusively.” It says, in part, “It has been an honor and a joy to work with you.” “I just hope I’m lucky enough to appear in all of your movies.”

    “With sincere affection, respect, and thanks, Ben Affleck.”

    July 24, 2002: Jennifer and Ben are seen kissing and hugging during a  party for the Leo celebrities, one of the first public appearances in their relationship with the tabloids.

    July 26, 2002: After a month of separation, J.Lo files for divorce from spouse No. 2 (but that’s a tale for a prequel timeline).

    People magazine paid $75,000 for nine photographs of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck traveling in a Bentley convertible, including one in which they are in a “lip-lock.”

    November 5, 2002: MTV’s TRL debuts the music video for “Jenny From the Block,” a Y2K mood board featuring Jennifer Lopez that combines her origins and her new movie-star lifestyle. Ben is renowned for leaning over and kissing her buttocks while sunbathing on a boat, and nobody here can really blame him.

    FROM THE BLOCK, BENNY

    It is said that kissing the booty is worth a $27 million insurance policy.

    Many things are on many of our bucket lists, and Affleck admitted in 2008 that the music video was his “worst regret” about the relationship.See, while the song is a megabop establishing J.Lo’s street cred, the video is about the public’s obsession with the couple, as told through the literal lens of the paparazzi following them from lunch to the yacht to the gas station and home, hoping to capture intimate moments between Jenny from the block and Boston’s hometown hero. However, worshiping J.Lo’s behind was an entirely unique performance decision. As the video became viral in the early 2000s, exposing themselves to remarks about their overexposure eventually backfired. And we’re left with a sad but seductive prophesy of their hyperpublic demise, which J.Lo attempted to prevent from airing on MTV and VH1 in 2004.

    Engaged!

    November 2002: They were engaged in November. Ben proposed to Jen at his mother’s home in Boston within months of their separation. “It’s simply a blanket, a rose petal quilt, that covers the whole house,” Lopez recalled in an ABC exclusive interview with Diane.

    Sawyer, informing them of their engagement. “There are so many candles, vases, and flowers.

    Affleck denies acting on his emotions prior to J.Lo and Judd’s separation in March 2003. “That is absolutely false,” he told Vanity Fair. “It violates the basic principles in which I believe and live: honesty, accomplishing things with which I can live.

    rather than being humiliated by-doing honorable acts.”The pair never disclosed when they met, but they often stressed their innocence.

    Affleck allegedly made a visit to a Vancouver strip club where he was working on a film called Paycheck on July 17, 2003, just hours after their intimate Dateline interview aired. According to The National Enquirer, he cheated on her with at least one woman and the incident may have been taped. Soon thereafter, rumors surfaced that Lopez had ceased wearing her million-dollar ring. “What they wrote in the press is not what occurred, so it doesn’t matter,” she would later tell W magazine in an October interview.

    August 1, 2003: Gigli is a box-office and critical flop, with $7.7 million worldwide against a budget of $75.6 million – and so are the feelings between the putative “It” pair at the premiere, fuelling concerns that the relationship is dying down.

    September 13, 2003: The day before the highly anticipated wedding – America’s equivalent of a royal wedding before Kim Kardashian made it a regular event – Bennifer issued a joint statement through a representative announcing the wedding had been postponed.

    We have chosen to reschedule our wedding date due to the overwhelming media coverage. When we considered hiring three distinct ‘decoy brides’ in three different places, we realized something was wrong. We began to have the sense that the spirit of what should have been the best day of our lives has been tainted. We felt that what should have been a joyous and holy day for us, our families, and friends might be ruined.

    Despite rumors, a wedding for 400 people in Santa Barbara, California, did not take place on September 14, 2003.

    23 January 2004: The Chicago Tribune’s headline says, “Dumped.” Jennifer Lopez ended the debate (and her romance) definitively in a statement to the Associated Press:

    “I am confirming that Jennifer Lopez has called off her engagement to Ben Affleck,” a spokesperson said. “At this trying time, we respectfully request that you respect her privacy.” That did not transpire.

    Unengaged!

    Jersey Girl, Bennifer’s second attempt at stardom, premiered on March 26, 2004.It was directed by Kevin Smith, the guy who now claims to have given them the moniker “Bennifer.”

    Though the relationship is mainly known for collapsing and burning, I can’t be the only 2000s youngster who was horrified by Gertie (Lopez) dying after childbirth. And then they inquire as to why millennials are not reproducing.

    J.Lo married Marc Anthony on June 5, 2004, after their collaboration on “No Me Ames” in 1999. “We believed that this was the path that everything was intended to take, that we were destined to meet,” Lopez writes in her 2014 memoir, True Love.

    “All of the anguish and suffering associated with my recent split couldn’t have been in vain, could it? Perhaps I needed to experience something terrible in order to meet the person I was supposed to be with all along. “

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner made their public debut on October 23, 2004.

    At the World Series, Bennifer: The Sequel. They met on the set of Pearl Harbor in 2000, although Affleck subsequently said that they fell in love in 2002, when both were in previous relationships. (Again, it is another day’s chronology.)

    Back on the Block, Bennifer

    30 April 2021: The world sees Bennifer for the first time in 17 years, when Affleck is spotted leaving and entering her Los Angeles home. They’ve become sexier and wealthier over that period, while the internet has become more effective at exposing celebrities. What could possibly go wrong?

    What’s the problem? To begin, their reunion includes a large disclaimer that they are friends.

    “They have never been absent,” a source told “Page Six.”

    May 2, 2021: Ben and Jen spend a week in Montana, returning to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 8, according to sources. “It’s natural between them, and the chemistry is unbelievable,” a J.Lo insider confirmed to E!, adding that he reached out to her. “They seized they have picked up where they left off and are now enjoying each other’s company.” We are all, aren’t we?

    19 May 2021: Jennifer is still overjoyed with how things are progressing, a source said to People, adding that she and Bennifer are “making plans to see each other” and are “in contact daily” when Lopez returns to Miami. And the cycle begins again!

    May 23, 2021: According to TMZ, Ben Affleck arrives in Miami wearing far too many layers and is subsequently spotted enjoying a cigarette on the balcony of the same beachfront home as Jennifer Lopez. On his wrist seemed to be the watch he wore in the early days of “Jenny From the Block.” Is this correct?

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