In recent weeks, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez had moved quickly from “hanging out” to getting engaged. The couple is now married.

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Lopez’s representative earlier this year verified the engagement to Ben Affleck, and Jennifer even mentioned it in her newsletter. Their rekindled romance stunned and pleased fans around the world, who recalled their famed “Bennifer” relationship from 2002 to 2004 – as well as the unforgettable “Jenny from the Block” music video.

But the question remains: what happened 17 years ago that led to their breakup and cancellation of their wedding? 

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Lopez and Affleck began dating (for the first time) in 2001, after meeting on the set of the gangster comedy Gigli.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck split up barely three years later because they couldn’t envisage a future together with similar visions.

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According to a Page Six source:

“As hot and heavy as their relationship was, they were on very different paths at the end of it, Jennifer was ready to settle down and have kids, but Ben wasn’t keen on giving up his bachelor lifestyle just yet. In the end, she got tired of waiting for him to come around — even though it broke her heart to end things.”

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Breakups imply that two people wish to take different courses in life. Although, if Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s split was due to their wanting to settle down and start a family, it could have been a stinger for JLo to learn that Affleck began seeing one of his former co-stars, Jennifer Garner, shortly after they split up. Garner and Affleck eventually married in 2005 and had their first child the following year.

Their romance drew such widespread attention (and continues to do so) that their every move was scrutinised (as it does now). 

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Jennifer Lopez, who recently teamed up with Netflix for a new project, spoke to CBS Sunday Morning about the ‘Bennifer’ relationship in December of 2019.

Affleck “wanted to keep quiet and not be in the tabloids,” she said. She also mentioned “I remember like stacks of magazines, and we were on it like every week. It was scary. It was overwhelming for both of us.”

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Hopefully, history does not repeat itself in such away. Fans are ecstatic to see the two teams together once more. According to Page Six, even Jennifer Lopez’s mother has been sighted on the set of Affleck’s upcoming project. It would be a pity to have it fizzle out once more.