BEN AFFLECK VÀ JENNIFER GARNER

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

Bennifer was the It couple of the early aughts. Though the two ultimately went their separate ways in 2004, a recent vacation to lớn Montamãng cầu might indicate the resurrection of one of Hollywood"s favorite romances.

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Ahead, we take a stroll down memory lane & trachồng Ben and Jen"s relationship history, from how they met to the stunning pink kim cương that Affleông chồng proposed with và beyond.

2001: They meet.

The then rising Hollywood actors first met on the mix of Gigli, a rom-com that released in 2003. The movie ultimately flopped, but sparks flew between the leading costars.

At the time, J.Lo was still married lớn her second husbvà, dancer Cris Judd; she và Afflechồng went public with their relationship soon after her divorce from Judd. (Their divorce was finalized in 2003.)

In năm 2016, the actress reflected on the beginning of their relationship in an interview with People. "We didn"t try to have a public relationship," she said. "We just happened to lớn be together at the birth of the tabloids, & it was like "Oh my God." It was just a lot of pressure."

She also revealed her first impression of Affleck. "I felt like … "Okay, this is it,"" she said. " sometimes I feel lượt thích what you think people are và how you see them when you love sầu them is different than when they reveal later."


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In 2010, J.Lo spoke of the pressures that the truyền thông put on their relationship during a guest appearance on The Grasi Norton Show. "I love Ben, he"s a great guy, but it was a lot for both of us to lớn be under that type of siege for two years straight," she said. "We were on the cover of every magazine, every week, it was just a weird thing. … Our relationship, I think, did suffer because of that. That"s not the only reason … but I think it definitely played a part in the dynamic of our relationship."

November 2002: They get engaged.

J.Lo confirmed the happy news in an interview with Diane Sawyer. "It"s the most magnificent thing I"ve sầu ever seen," she said of the 6.1-carat pink đá quí from Harry Winston that Afflechồng gave sầu her. The rochồng reportedly cost Affleông chồng $2.5 million.


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September 2003: They postpone their wedding.

Days before the two were phối to lớn officially tie the knot, they released a joint statement announcing the ceremony"s postponement.

Due lớn the excessive truyền thông media attention surrounding our wedding, we have sầu decided khổng lồ postpone the date. When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate "decoy brides" at three different locations, we realized that something was awry. We began to lớn feel that the spirit of what should have sầu been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have sầu been a joyful & sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families & our friends.

January 2004: Bennifer is over.

On January 22, 2004, the two ended their engagement. J.Lo confirmed the sad news through her spokesperson.

"I am confirming the report that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to lớn Ben Affleông xã," the statement said at the time, per MTV. "At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy."

June 2004: J.Lo moves on.

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In June of 2004, the "Let"s Get Loud" singer married singer-songwriter và longtime friover Marc Anthony. The two welcomed twins, daughter Emme Muñiz và son Max Muñiz, in 2008. They separated in năm trước.

In her 2014 book, True Love, J.Lo reflected on the turbulent period between announcing her split from Affleông xã và marrying Anthony. "Ben and I split up at the moment when I thought we were committing to each other forever, it was my first real heartbreak, it felt like my heart had been torn out of my chest," she wrote, per Page Six. "I sought out comfort in another person, tried khổng lồ find someone who could make me feel loved and wanted in my loneliest hour. … Marc came bachồng inlớn my life three days after I should have sầu been at the altar saying "I do" to lớn another man."


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She added that their romance may have sầu been her attempt at a quiông chồng fix for her heartbreak. "Thinking baông xã, maybe deep down I knew that this was a Band-Aid on the cut, that my wound hadn"t been stitched or healed," she wrote. "But I pushed all that lớn the baông chồng of my mind. Because life takes unpredictable twists & turns, right? And you"ve sầu just got khổng lồ go with what you feel is best in the moment."

2005: Ben marries Jennifer Garner.

Affleông xã, too, soon moved on. He married Garner in 2005, và the new Hollywood couple welcomed three children together over the years: daughters Violet & Seraphimãng cầu Affleck, and son Samuel Affleck. The couple divorced in 2018.


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April 2021: Bennifer reunites.

After J.Lo ended her engagement to lớn Alex Rodriguez and Affleck split from Ana de Armas, the two were spotted hanging out again. Page Six reported on April 30 that the actor was photographed visiting her Los Angeles home multiple times.

"Security picks hyên up at a nearby location and drops hyên ổn off after spending a few hours at her house," said a source, who insisted on the platonic nature of Affleck"s visits. "They are friends," the insider continued, "they"ve never not been."

May 2021: J.Lo and Ben jet off khổng lồ Montamãng cầu together.

Nearly two decades after they called it quits, Lopez & Affleông chồng departed for a weeklong vacation to lớn Montana. This is reportedly following their appearances together at Lopez’s L.A. mansion the day of their departure in addition lớn Global Citizen"s Vax Live benefit concert, per People.

An insider confirmed the getaway to lớn E! News.

"They really care for each other & they picked up right where they left off," a source told E!

" spent several days with Ben out of town," another source added. "They have a strong connection. It"s all been quiông xã và intense, but Jennifer is happy."

"They have sầu been in touch here và there throughout the years," said an additional insider cđại bại to the singer. "Ben reached out to her to see how she was doing and they had dinner together a few times within this last month. It"s natural between them và the chemistry is unreal. They picked up where they last left off & are enjoying each other"s company right now."

May 2021: Both Lopez và Affleông xã "seem committed" to each other.

People reported that Lopez & Affleck are determined not to let distance affect their reunion and that Lopez seems khổng lồ be in a good place following her recent split from Alex Rodriguez. "Jennifer is doing well. She seems very happy and excited about her future," a source told the outlet.

According khổng lồ People, the singer flew out khổng lồ Los Angeles khổng lồ spend more time with her former fiancé. "Jennifer was just in Los Angeles for a couple of days," said the source. "She spent time with Ben. They have kept in touch every day since their Montana trip... It"s a tricky situation since they live so far from each other, but they both seem committed khổng lồ making things work."

Weeks later, Afflechồng also reportedly took a flight khổng lồ J.Lo’s residence in Miami khổng lồ spkết thúc more cozy, quality time with the actress. A separate source told E! that Affleck’s demonstrated investment toward their rekindling romance amid both stars" work obligations và coastal commutes has been nothing short of impressive lớn Lopez, even adding that such efforts by Affleck have sầu made her feel "giddy."

"It"s comforting khổng lồ her và she is smitten," said the insider. "They are giddy together và you can tell she"s really happy."

"Ben has been making the effort lớn make it work with their schedules. He"s really making a huge effort," the source also added. "J.Lo thinks Ben has really stepped up and loves this version of hyên ổn."

June 2021: The pair are reportedly already thinking about their future.

Lopez and Affleck are reportedly in it for the long haul. Per People, Bennifer are "slowly starting khổng lồ talk about the future."

"This is not a casual relationship," a source said. "They are taking it seriously và want it to lớn be long-lasting."

The pair are also determined khổng lồ make the long distance work. Affleông xã is currently based in Los Angeles, while Lopez often works out of Miangươi.

"They will continue khổng lồ travel baông chồng & forth between Los Angeles and Miamày," the source shared. "They are very happy together.

June 2021: The pair are "hopeful" their relationship will work this time around.

According khổng lồ Entertainment Tonight, Lopez và Affleông chồng are feeling positive about their choice khổng lồ romantically reunite.

"J.Lo & Ben are very much a couple và have sầu been telling friends that they"re together," a source told the outlet. "When they first reconnected, they had to see if the spark was still there because it had been a while. It was, so now they are both fully in it."

Apparently, the two have also talked through their past.

" talked about the past và why things didn"t work out," the sourced said. "They are both hopeful about their relationship this time around và putting the effort in. They have sầu both matured & are on the same page & it has been easy."

Unlike Lopez"s previous relationship with Rodriguez, this time around, the superstar is opting to keep her professional & personal life separate.

"J.Lo and A-Rod were always investing together and mixing business with their relationship và Ben is less inkhổng lồ that," the source added. "They are just genuinely enjoying each other"s company and having a great time. Jen is very supportive of Ben and his career, but she is also connected, successful and has her own life."

July 2021: Their families are getting along "great."

Lopez"s và Affleck"s families are beginning lớn bond more, according to E! News. Following weeks of rendezvouses between the pair, Affleông xã finally joined Lopez and her children at a family birthday party and the two brought their kids together for a trip lớn Universal Studgame ios. Over the July 4 weekover, Affleông xã also joined Lopez và her teenaged twins for some "low-key" time at her Hamptons home.

"J.Lo and Ben seemed khổng lồ enjoy being on the east coast and spending time at her beautiful home," a source told E! News. "It was a nice change of scene for them and a great time with friends và family."

July 2021: Ben và Jennifer may be moving in together soon.

Bennifer are moving full speed ahead in their romance. According to Entertainment Tonight, close friends of the pair said that they "wouldn"t be surprised" if the rekindled power couple "move in together và ultimately kết thúc up together."

"They"re spending all of their không lấy phí time together và making each other a priority. J.Lo falls hard and has certainly done the same with Ben again this time around," a source told ET. "Ben is a guy"s guy and does his own thing, which J.Lo loves. He has his own life & is famous in a different way than she is & is not trying lớn compete with her by any means. They just tư vấn and love sầu each other."

August 2021: Ben browses engagement rings with his mom and son.

In photographs obtained by Page Six, Affleông chồng was seen glancing at engagement rings while popping by a Tiffany và Co. jewelry store at a local shopping mall. Afflechồng was joined by his son, Samuel Affleông chồng, & his mother, Chris Boldt, for the shopping excursion. The actor"s outing comes after spending more time not just with Lopez, but their children, too, as they slowly work to lớn blkết thúc their families.

"Since Jennifer and Ben are in it for the long run, it"s just a natural step that they all spkết thúc time together with the kids," a source told People.


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