I used to follow Ben Affleck’s love life closely in the late 90s and early ‘aughts (don’t ask) but I honestly do not remember that he used to date Kate Beckinsale. Maybe it’s because I never watched that horrible movie they starred in together, Pearl Harbor. It’s like I blocked out all memory of them as a couple and even these cute photos of Ben in his Sonny Crocket suit kissing on Kate are not bringing that back. To be fair (to me), The Daily Mail admits that they never confirmed that they were together and it was just assumed that they hooked up right around the time that Kate was splitting with Michael Sheen. Seeing these photos of Affleck pulling the same red carpet shenanigans with Beckinsale as he did with Jennifer Lopez make it clear to me that Lopez is not to blame for that period of his life. Ben loved to play up for the cameras and get press. Little did he know that, 15 years later, we would still be talking about it.
The Sun [via The Daily Mail] is claiming that newly single Kate Beckinsale is reaching out to Ben Affleck now that she’s single again, in the wake of her estranged husband dating a 20-something. (Affleck knows all about dating twenty somethings, but he does it on the side.) I doubt that this happened, Beckinsale seems smarter than this, but if so maybe it was just a quick email to catch up.
They were thought to have enjoyed a brief romance after starring alongside one another in Pearl Harbour back in 2001.
And it’s believed Kate Beckinsale has found solace in former flame Ben Affleck following her alleged marriage breakdown from husband Len Wiseman.
According to The Sun, friends of the pair still believe the actors share a ‘spark’ and are even going as far as to suggest the the two should begin dating again now that Ben has split from wife Jennifer Garner after ten years of marriage.
‘Kate used to be madly in love with Ben. He would make her giddy with excitement any time they were in the same room,’ a source told the publication.
And it’s claimed the Argo actor has been a welcome source of comfort for Kate after she and Len allegedly called time on their marriage in February.
‘She’s turned to him for support as a friend because they’ve stayed in touch during her difficult time,’ the insider added.
‘Some of their friends have suggested that they’re made for each other and give a proper relationship a go.’
Nevertheless, a second source told MailOnline on Saturday that Ben has been wrapped up with work lately and is currently prioritising his children.
And a represenative for Kate said: ‘This is absolutely untrue and no validity to this story.’
Neither Ben nor Kate ever confirmed a romance, though it’s claimed the two became close during the final throes of her relationship with long-term boyfriend Michael Sheen.
Any semblance of romance would have been short-lived however, as a year after wrapping up Pearl Harbour she was loved-up with
If this did happen, I bet Affleck was receptive. He’s admitted that he keeps up with his exes, like Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow, through email. He seems like the kind of guy who needs a lot of validation. Still, this sounds totally fake, the reps have denied it and I hope Beckinsale has other people to rely on for support.
Affleck and his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, were both seen outside the gym separately over the holidays. (We don’t have those pictures but you can see them here.) As for what Kate Beckinsale is up to, she’s been filming Underworld 5 in Prague. Luckily her estranged husband, Len Wiseman, is not directing the film. The two met on the set of the first Underworld movie, which came out in 2003. I can’t believe they’re still making those.