Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez are hanging out again, 17 years after their breakup

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When the first reports of Jennifer Lopez and Alx Rodriguez’s split and broken engagement happened in mid-March, I remarked that Ben Affleck was looming over the conversation like a giant phoenix back tattoo. While J-Rod would end NOT splitting at that moment, they did break up in April and, by all accounts, it was messy and Jennifer was completely over it. As we also know, J.Lo can’t be single for two seconds. So, these past few weeks were the first time that both J.Lo and Ben Affleck have been single since THEIR split in early 2004. It was bound to happen – a reunion was practically in the stars, as foretold by the gossip gods. OG Bennifer, yet again.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have been spending time together in Los Angeles after her split from Alex Rodriguez, sources exclusively tell Page Six. The Oscar winner has been spotted multiple times going to J.Lo’s California home during the day, we hear, after having been picked up in a white Escalade SUV that allegedly belongs to Lopez and then taken to her nearby mansion. While the pair have not been spotted together, a source told Page Six, “Security picks him up at a nearby location and drops him off after spending a few hours at her house.”

Affleck, 48, has allegedly visited Lopez, 51, three times since she returned to Los Angeles from shooting her new film, “Shotgun Wedding,” in the Dominican Republic. But sources close to the stars tell us they are just friendly and have remained so over the years. An insider said: “They are friends … they’ve never not been.”

Page Six reported that Lopez was spotted out to dinner with Rodriguez on April 23 at the Hotel Bel-Air, the same spot where the exes went on their first date back in 2017. She owns a $28 million mansion nearby. Sources told us that Affleck was spotted at the same hotel a day before J.Lo saw A-Rod, on April 22, being dropped off by a white SUV — which later drove Lopez and a business associate to a business meeting. Days later, on April 28, Affleck was allegedly seen coming out of Lopez’s Bel Air home, sources said.

He was spotted again the next day, April 29, dropping his car at the Hotel Bel-Air in the morning and being picked up by the same white Escalade to go to J.Lo’s home. About 3½ hours later, the same white SUV dropped him back at the hotel’s valet, sources said. Affleck was photographed exiting the white SUV in a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, with a green backpack. He was also photographed leaving his car at the hotel.

[From Page Six]

First of all, the “sources” quoted in Page Six’s story are just the paparazzi tracking Jennifer and Ben’s movements. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that Jennifer – who loves all-white everything – has repeatedly sent her white Escalade out to pick up Affleck and that they are enjoying what I can only imagine is a Dunkin Donuts-themed rendezvous.

You can also tell that OG Bennifer is happening yet again because they went to People Magazine to sort-of deny it but not really. People Mag confirms that they’ve been “hanging out together” in LA and “They are friends. They have always been friends and they have seen each other through the years.” Nature is healing. GOSSIP is healing. This summer is going to be FUN.

This video is SO GOOD if you haven’t watched it recently. It actually really holds up!

BEN AFFLECK AND JENNIFER LOPEZ ON THE SET OF JERSEY GIRL NY

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Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, WENN.

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  1. terra says:

    My grandmother who doesn’t follow gossip anymore, but knows everything from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s – she managed high end salons/spas with ALL the best magazines – just gasped when I told her this.

    Thank you, Kaiser, for facilitating that moment for me. My day is off to a great start.

    However, the video may stand up, but the song was never any good to start with. Something being catchy doesn’t automatically mean it’s quality, which is something I wish young me had realized sooner.

    • Me says:

      It’s the whole thing—it’s all just so juicy (couture). My opinion, but I’ve always thought that Ben thinks he’s slumming when he’s with JLo—she’s not the right kind of white for him to respect. In his twisted mind, she really belongs in the ‘piece on the side’ compartment in his highly compartmentalized life. BUT, As much as he thinks he’s slumming (boot’s on the other leg, fella) and is rather ashamed of being with her (that’s on him, not her—he’s the frat boy douchebag here), he’s probably never more attracted to a woman than JLo. She is IT for him.

      • duchess of hazard says:

        BUT, As much as he thinks he’s slumming (boot’s on the other leg, fella) and is rather ashamed of being with her (that’s on him, not her—he’s the frat boy douchebag here), he’s probably never more attracted to a woman than JLo. She is IT for him.

        Wow. I’ve never thought about it this way before, but you’re right.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Crazy because as I was reading this I just kept thinking about how she’s too good for him.I think she’s gorgeous and he’s just okay.To me they are sort of like Chopra and Jonas-she’s fantastic and he looks like a little boy.

      • Lily says:

        I beg to differ. I always suspected he never got over J-Lo. He self sabotaged that relationship, not because he thought he was slumming it, but because he thought she was too good for him and he didn’t deserve her. So he showed her how awful he really is.

        And he’s desperately wanted a Latina gf ever since (hello Ana De Armas), so he could go back to hanging out with Matt Damon and wife. But it’s too late, Matt prefers Chris and Elsa. The Good Will Hunting glory days are over.

      • Jayna says:

        Slumming? He was out of his head for her back then. Crazy for her and made it clear he was crazy for her: the massive ad, the huge pink diamond. What he couldn’t stand was her 24/7 entourage with her all the time, at her home, etc. She admitted this was a downfall of a couple of her relationships. He mentioned it also in an interview long after they were over. He was also over it because he let himself get too exposed in his love affair with her, with the paps obsession with them as the massive “it” couple, Ben becoming tabloid fodder, and his career became a laughingstock. Ben at the time completely blammed the paps, but as we can all see now, he has blame in his courting of the paps on his relationships.

      • Me says:

        My opinion, but Ben Affleck is much too much of a narcissist to ever think a woman is too good for him. I’m sure he uses that ‘I’m a f—k up, it’s not you it’s me’ schtick to get out of situations with women he doesn’t want to be in—like when a woman has needs or desires or expectations, but he is, at heart, a selfish, self-absorbed player.

        Yes, he is crazy, crazy, crazy about JLo and wants her like no other—and he’s still ashamed of how in thrall he is to a Puerto Rican girl. He is TWISTED and values a certain kind of whiteness. There are a lot of guys just like him—he’s really not unique in that regard.

      • Merricat says:

        I think you’re right, Me. I think he probably thinks of her as “exotic.” Boston boy from the “nice” side of town, that’s why he married Jen Garner, who couldn’t be whiter.

      • Moonie says:

        Yeah Ben considers her lower. Cos she is.

      • GrnieWnie says:

        Ben does speak decent Spanish fyi. And he and JLo were engaged. Not exactly a side piece.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      If your Grandmother ever wants to have cocktails and gossip chat with someone in Ireland with waaayy to much investment in gossip like this have her call me, she sounds like a hoot!

    • Jumpingthesnark says:

      Terra, your Grandma sounds wonderful!

    • minx says:

      Looking back, they were a striking couple. Present day….I could see them spending time together, why not? But she has to be married and there’s no way he’ll do that again.

      • Sid says:

        “But she has to be married and there’s no way he’ll do that again.”

        It’s always interesting to see what people’s must-haves are even when they already seem to have a lot. If I am middle-aged, beautiful, rich, have two lovely children, a good relationship with my immediate family, some close friends, and a solid career still, a “huzzband” would be the last thing that I would absolutely need. A nice boyfriend would be more than enough. I wouldn’t even want to risk my kids’ inheritances by making it legal with some dude. But yeah, everyone’s must-haves are different.

      • minx says:

        Sid, exactly. Also, both Ben and Jennifer are now parents which they weren’t the first time around. And Ben’s alcoholism is a priority, keeping sober is a full time job. I could see them hanging out but they’ve both had unsuccessful marriages…however, that doesn’t seem to stop JLo.

      • ElleV says:

        I generally agree with Sid, but when it comes to jlo specifically, I think she’d love to be engaged indefinitely without actually getting married

  2. Millennial says:

    Thank you, gossip gods.

    • LillyfromLillooet says:

      I’d like to thank:
      1. The Academy for somehow making this all relevant
      2. Seconding thank you to the gossip gods
      3. Where would we be without JLo stunting like this? Thank you girl!
      4. Thank you, Revenge—I personally am enjoying the notion that A Rod is miserable right now. I have never thought Jennifer was a dummy to go with him, I think he came on strong with a case that his c-list rando-ing around was going to stop now that he had the queen, the best. I think he really worked at breaking down her doubts.
      5. Thanks Ben for always being game for stunting like this. You can say all you want that you hate the attention but boy, you keep picking up the phone.

      • A commenter says:

        Yeah yeah yeah I’m really loving this trip down the early aughts gossip. Thanks Bennifer!

    • ElleV says:

      I know right? Like manna in the desert

  3. harla says:

    Why can’t he just drive his car to her house??

    • Veronika says:

      Not sober enough to drive?

      • Withtheamerican says:

        They all have drivers. I have no clue why she’d be sending her car, except as a Pap signal.

    • a0 says:

      Seems like they didn’t want paparazzi to figure out that his car was at her house. I’m sure paparazzi know their cars and registration plates

  4. Mia4s says:

    You know I was just thinking how recently gossip has been kind of “meh”. It’s either all Royals (which I’m only kind of paying attention to) and sad stuff about violent, abusive awfulness.

    And then this gift arrives.

    HAHAHAHA!!! Thank you for your service Bennifer!!

    • Lindy says:

      Saaaaaaame! I’m so bored of all things royal and just don’t care at all. Bennifer 2.0 is gossip fresh air in the best way! Though I really don’t want her to get back with Affleck. I’m always kinda rooting for her not to pick the jerks.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      ^^^This! Now we’ve got some good, juicy gossip. I do not care about royals, I think they’re all idiots. It’s always good to see a non-royal post, especially something like this.

    • minx says:

      Thank you! I’m bored with all the royals and avoid those posts. I just couldn’t care less, because nothing is ever going to change. This, though, is the kind of gossip I love.

      • cassandra says:

        I like the Royals, but not 8 posts a day worth. Between this and the Taika/Rita Ora thing it seems like all the celebs are getting ready to playyyyyyy this summer and I am here for it.

        I am also ready to wild out a bit this summer as well haha

      • Jules says:

        same!

      • Ange says:

        OMG Cassandra you are right on the money there; celebs are vaccinated and they’re on the loose.

    • Sid says:

      It’s true. And celebrity gossip just isn’t as fun with this younger generation of boring “stars.” Bring on the 00s gossip re-tread!

    • Becks says:

      Same! I’m so over the boring royal stuff, it’s always the same old story, ugh!
      Now this, I can get down with :)

      • Pusspants says:

        I wondered if I was the only one who thought the royal posts were boring. I don’t care at all about them & would prefer waaaay fewer royal posts and much more of this kind of gossip!

      • Jais says:

        Diverse gossip is good but I love the royal gossip too. Mostly because it’s important to have an alternate voice to the tabloid narrative and CB provides that. I try to read a lot of different places and honestly there’s a tinge of grossness on so much royal coverage that it’s heartbreaking. It honestly lifts my spirits to have a place that doesn’t follow the British BM and hate on HandM. So give me multiple posts about it. Post about other stuff too but unashamedly got no problem with the number of royal posts.

      • oliphant500 says:

        yes same, sometimes I come on this site for my daily dose of celeb nonsense and all I see are the gormless Windsors… more stories like this please!!!!

  5. Cat C says:

    I like them together then and I’m here for them now, in case it happens. I do recall hearing years ago they stayed in touch with emails and calls, so it seem inevitable they’d come together now.

  6. Snuffles says:

    I told y’all they would hook up again! I do believe they’ve been friendly over the years, so I would not be surprised if they took up again.

  7. Nev says:

    Gorgeous video!!!!

    • Gendaphool says:

      I second that. I’d forgotten how ridiculously hot Ben Affleck used to be. JLo has always been stunning

      • DeltaJuliet says:

        I’m glad you said that. I had to go back and watch the video and you’re right! He was HOT! I had totally forgotten.

  8. ThatgirlThere says:

    It was a simpler time, a wonderful gossip delight. We deserve this after 4 years of Drumpf and the racist Royals.

  9. Jen says:

    13 year old me would be so excited

    Jennifer seems to always be in a relationship and I don’t have any problems with that

  10. LeonsMomma says:

    I always knew they would get back together. They had a spark that I never saw in any of their other relationships.
    Anyhow, summer is going to be interesting!

  11. FYI says:

    I don’t believe her spin.

    There was also a story planted immediately after the break-up about how she’d been “leaning on” ex Mark Anthony, and how THEY’ve “always been friends” too. She just wants people to think she’s irresistible to men, that they all want her back, etc. etc. Alex cheated with younger women, and this is JLo’s way of soothing herself out of rejection — publicly. Gotta prop up that image.

    Also, that first pic is how they always looked in every photo. Her — absolutely delighted to be standing next to him. Him — indifferent at best. There’s that one photo of them kissing, while he’s looking (eyes open!) down the street, probably at someone else. No way does he care about her.

    • BABSORIG says:

      @FYI, Wow, tell us how you really feel about this, LOL.😄😄😄

    • SpankyB says:

      I always thought he looked uncomfortable around her. Maybe in their down time it was fine, but out doing public events it was too high maintenance and too extra. Look how maintained/manicured he looked when they were together. No scruffy beard, no sloppy dressing. That has to be exhausting if it’s not your thing.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Perfect way to put it.Up thread I said I think she’s too good for him and he knows it(paraphrasing)but that’s it-she’s all glam goddess and he’s like a regular guy who wants to go out wearing old jeans and a smelly Red Sox jersey or something like that.

      • Merricat says:

        He’s not a regular guy and never has been. When he’s unkempt, it’s because he’s drinking.

      • Delilah says:

        Wasn’t there a whole interview in Vanity Fair or some other publication (please forgive the amnesia and crossing circuits) about how Ben said he felt gross and “suffocated” when in the Bennifer relationship? Exactly b/c of all the endless pap walks, etc. You can love someone but if being with them means constantly being “on” for appearances sake that would certainly take the bloom off the rose.

    • Detnow359 says:

      @FYI, I was coming here to say the same thing. Last week it was Marc Antony now Ben. It’s PR spin. She is embarrassed by the ARod cheating scandal and is trying to save face. She isn’t getting back with either.

      As far as their first go-around, the rumor was Ben’s mother didn’t approve of him being with a Puerto Rican. JLo also tried to change her image to win over the mother but it didn’t matter.

    • NewKay_ says:

      Omg FYI- I never thought of it like that. But this makes complete sense.

  12. duchess of hazard says:

    Well. New brooms sweep clean, but old brooms know the corners.

    They know each other’s corners. Hopefully with some distance and maturity it might be better this time around?

    Although JLo would have been better off single for a while, I am LIVING for this gossip!!!

  13. Dl says:

    Popcorn ready! What happened to the pink diamond?

  14. B says:

    Just rebound sex for both of them. I doubt it will turn into a full blown relationship due to their complicated lives, but I’m sure they’re having fun.

    • Erin says:

      You know. First thought I had, good for her! There’s all the things about how she can never be without a man, etc. Maybe.

      However, rebound sex with someone she had been with before and is comfortable with can be cathartic. Doesn’t mean she’s going to get in an entanglement.

  15. D says:

    Why would a 50+ year old woman with kids, who is gorgeous and successful in her own right, need to bring this guy back into her life. He is in a constant loop of self sabotage. Run far away.

    • FancyPants says:

      That’s what I think, too! While I think Jennifer might be good for him (she seems like a clean-living type person although obviously I have no proof of that) he is a hot mess and needs to take care of himself. He’s only going to be drama/problems for her and she has children in the equation this time.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        A serious relationship would be a lot harder on her,IMO-and then if he would relapse (hope and pray he does not)she’s into a serious problem if she’s engaged or living with him.All very hypothetical I know.

    • Myra says:

      While I enjoy the potential for fun gossip, I like her way too much to revel in the possibility of this pair up. Yes, she is a flawed individual but still, he has some very bad self-sabotaging habits. She is a grown women though, if this is what she wants, then I hope it works out. I’m always quietly rooting for her.

    • FYI says:

      “Why would a 50+ year old woman with kids, who is gorgeous and successful in her own right, need to bring this guy back into her life.”

      For the PUBLICITY. I seriously doubt they are together. It’s smoke and mirrors to get people talking about her, and so that she doesn’t look like the rejected one. It’s complete BS.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ FYI, that’s what I am getting. Plus, the dedication to specific details as to his comings and going’s to her house? It’s a publicity stunt to keep her image up and to not allow the general public to see her wounded or broken. And let’s face it, JLO and Ben are done and over.

    • ElleV says:

      Maybe the stars weren’t aligned then but they are now?

      My fav half remembered gossip was that jlo broke up with Ben the first time around because a Santeria practitioner warned her away from him (those stories about her and ritual sacrifice always wiffed to high heavens tho cause they were planted by a make up artist and her first husband’s new wife)

      Also, I feel like jlo maybe has mixed feelings around commitment and fidelity – like she’s initially really attracted to player types and values the freedom around that, but ultimately wants someone who is ride or die, so returning to someone who has those bad boy vibes but still pines for her all these years later scratches both itches.

    • TeamMeg says:

      “Why would a 50+ year old woman with kids, who is gorgeous and successful in her own right, need to bring this guy back into her life?” I have a three letter answer with an E in the middle. ;-) 🧯🔥

  16. Susan says:

    Okay to be clear, forgive me: they’re hooking up right?? Like no one buys they’re “friends” and they’re “hanging out,” right? I can’t translate some of this PR person speak. I *do* have male friends but, yeah, I don’t send car services for them and we usually hang at a restaurant or something. And also, I never banged them, and wasn’t engaged to them. LOL.

    • ElleV says:

      It’s definitely PR speak for hooking up. And I love they are also confirming that they maybe have been hooking up over the years which is really interesting.

  17. magdalena says:

    I hope so. Honestly, Jennifer ane her healthy lifestyle would be very good for Ben.

  18. DuchessL says:

    I think at their age they are so much smarter than this. I dont believe it one second. This is Ben trying to create buzz and jennifer getting arod completely wiped off the news with this story. They know what they’re doing

    • AnneSurely says:

      Agree. I think ARod turned out to be the cliched sleazy, cheating pro baller and JLo wants to remind everyone that she is not the high end version of Khloe Kardashian. Ben Affleck still has some intellectual Hollywood sparkle and the media papers the internet wall to wall with gorgeous pictures of her from nearly 20 years ago.

      • ElleV says:

        Jennifer is also a savvy business woman and she’s gotta know Bennifer 2.0 would be FIRE

  19. Lauren says:

    I welcome some good Bennifer distraction. Hollywood gossip has been pretty meh recently.

  20. J ferber says:

    He’s no good for her or any woman. She looks younger and better now than back in the day. Money and photoshop.

    • Chaine says:

      She looks amazing then and now and wow you can see how bad his looks have degraded from the old pics!

  21. Eleonor says:

    The video was funny!
    And Good God JLo abs have always been to die for.

  22. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    OG Bennifer gossip was sooooo good and fun until he started self-sabotaging and cheating. They seemed to truly love each other but he became insecure because (and thought himself a poseur) after everyone called him out for playing the PR game with JLo. Before his self-sabotage, they were great together. Hopefully, things are better this time around because they were hot together! I’m excited about the fun gossip this summer!

  23. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Matt Damon must be distraught about this gossip. Will he be telling people that Ben is misunderstood all over again and blaming Jlo? Let me save Matt the time, we understand Ben perfectly he is a cheat, who cheated with strippers days before he was to marry JLo and then he ended their engagement, and then he was the guy that banged his kids nanny and humiliated his wife in a slow car crash manner for years. JLo is too good Ben, there are some raccoons in a trash can behind a Hooters restaurant that are too good for Ben. Apparently I am salty today.

    • Lily says:

      I completely forgot about nanny gate.

      How does this dude keep getting so many second chances in his private and work life? He’s messy AF. He’s a drunk. He gambles. He cheats. He’s unreliable.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      I’ll join you, Zapp. Jennifer is too good for him.

    • Veronika says:

      No, I love what you said about Matt Damon!
      👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
      He’s an idiot.

    • cassandra says:

      Yeah it’s one thing to think that a man who was a cheater in his 20’s might settle down in his 30’s…..but Ben’s proven himself a cheater his whole life. I think he probably cheated on de Armas too which is why she dropped him so quickly and thoroughly.

      Hopefully Jlo’s just enjoying some steamy rebound sex. At this point bringing another playboy/serial cheater into her and her kids’ live is pretty irresponsible

    • ElleV says:

      TRUTH

  24. ce says:

    Thank goodness we might have something fun to think about this summer. I hope she treats him like the f*ckboi he is. Also ” Ben Affleck was looming over the conversation like a giant phoenix back tattoo” HAHAHAHAAH

  25. Lucy2 says:

    It’s funny, I was never under the impression that they were friendly or had any contact, other than him weirdly talking about her in interviews years and years later.
    J Lo’s terrible taste in men continues, I guess.

    • a0 says:

      Nah, they’ve always been friendly and talked about emailing and keeping in touch.

  26. TheOriginalMia says:

    Not OG Bennifer in the year 2021. Is there no one else to hook up with, Jennifer? The man blamed you for his career not being successful. Have some self-respect.

    • Jules says:

      yea it’s so bad it’s good. He cheated on her and treated her horribly, yet people are rooting for them to get back. He will get a boost and she will continue to look pathetic. She is addicted to drama and cheaters, apparently.

      • Jegede says:

        @Jules- So true.

        He very publicly cheated on her, called off the wedding and then announced that the whole ‘Bennifer’ episode made him want to puke in retrospect.

        Charming. Who goes back to that?🤨🤨

    • D says:

      THANK YOU! I mean, if you want a fun distraction there are so many guys in the world to pick who are younger, hotter, fitter and don’t have all the baggage. I just don’t get it.

  27. MsIam says:

    Is Diddy (or whatever he’s calling himself) single too? Why not go all the way back? Whatever.

  28. ThinkAboutIt says:

    Finally, fun gossip again! I was thinking “so sick of reading ad nauseum about the royals, I miss Eddie, Brandi, LeAnn gossip”….and Bam! Bennifer 2.0!

  29. nicegirl says:

    I have never clicked on anything so fast

  30. CMS says:

    They look amazing now but my gosh they were so hot back in the day. Just beautiful ! I don’t think anything will come of this. I can’t see her with Ben m, he is an alcoholic and that’s just not her way. She is too good for him in that way. She won’t want to deal with his messiness. He has some deep seeded issues. J garner even gave up on trying to fix him.

  31. Midge says:

    I love everything about this. I think they really loved each other, but JLo has always been sober. Maybe now that he’s sober, they can really be together. Also, ARod sucks, big time. This will piss him off more than anything. It’s sweet revenge for all of ARod’s cheating. And somewhere Ana whatshername is screaming into her phone at a publicist. Chica needs a faux romance ASAP.

  32. jferber says:

    I would love Jennifer and Diddy back together. That’s my dream match for them. And Chaine, I only looked at the first picture of them in the carriage. Her face there does look older than it does now, in my opinion.

    • Mary S says:

      I was thinking the same thing about the carriage picture. She looks soooooo old in that shot.

      • Pusspants says:

        I think she looks older in the pic because her hairstyle is aging her. That’s a tough one to pull off.

  33. MellyMel says:

    I love this for us! A happy, gossipy summer indeed!

  34. Jayna says:

    Jen hates to be humiliated by men, and this whole A-Rod thing has been hugely embarrassing for her. Ben single and problably always e-mailing her, texting her, jumped in when there was an opening, and Jen is using it to flip the narrative of “poor Jen, cheated on again,” to the “Jen and Ben” gossip show and shove it in A-Rod’s face. Brilliant. They won’t last.

    Ben and Jen will enjoy the attention for a while until Ben hates it and bails or until Jen goes back to A-Rod, which we all know could happen.

  35. Jaded says:

    Her ego is such that she needs a worshiper around her ALL.THE.TIME. She’s using Ben to rub A-Rod’s face in the sh*t he caused when she should actually be laying low and doing some serious self-examination as to why she keeps hooking up with sleaze-balls.

    • Exactly says:

      Preeeeeeeeeeach🗣🔊📢❣️

    • JanetDR says:

      It’s hard to believe that she is still doing this (not being alone for a minute). I know a few people who operate this way, but they are not parents.

    • Green Desert says:

      @ Jaded – this is an excellent take on JLo. She is continually attracted to sleaze. They worship her at the beginning in an unhealthy way to mask their own shortcomings. Then the new wears off and they show their true colors (usually by cheating on her). She needs a true equal who is secure and mentally healthy and sees her as a whole person. But she needs to learn that first.

      That said, this is great for gossip and I hope it’s true. 😂

      • Pusspants says:

        I don’t know much about Marc Anthony and her time with him. Is he a sleaze too & did he cheat? Anyone care to educate me on this? 😁

      • Jaded says:

        @Pusspants – he was a notorious cheater and VERY controlling. I think he was actually jealous of her success and hated that she was a “sex symbol”.

      • Pusspants says:

        @Jaded thanks for that update! I must have been under a rock during that relationship!

    • FYI says:

      1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ % THIS.

    • sunny says:

      This! But Ben is so messy. Like I think he is smart and talented but messed up and prone to self destruction. Why would you let that messiness back in your life? Why?

  36. Sumodo1 says:

    Looks like a Red Sox-Yankees summer! A-Rod down with the count, the Yankees are tied, going into the bottom of the ninth. Affleck at the plate, he swings, it’s a line drive to first, Affleck’s out. J-Lo walks off the mound.

  37. Watson says:

    Arod is probably crying somewhere. Hahhahahahahahhaha.

    Thank god for Bennifer. Saving us all from gossip boredom!!

  38. Jayna says:

    I always remember these home movies from her family Radar got a hold of. Ben was so loved up on Jen. It was at the height of him being head over heels for her. I loved Jenny back then with her dark hair and natural skin tone, and not the blonde hair and over-spray tanning she’s so fond of now.

    https://radaronline.com/videos/jennifer-lopez-ben-affleck-lost-home-movies-videos-uncovered/

  39. Veronika says:

    Gotta give Melissa Ramos credit for singing the hook on that song as well as most of the songs on that album.

  40. Jeanine says:

    Jen wants a beautiful romance for show (picture perfect). That level of perfection comes at cost.

  41. Katherine says:

    Ahhh my prayers have been answered

  42. Rapunzel says:

    I guess the pandemic is really over… since we’re back in 2003. Burn your masks and break out your Gigli blu-rays. Original recipe Bennifer is back. Until Ben meets J-Lo’s nanny, that is.

  43. Ann says:

    Post pandemic horniness is going to keep the gossip tides rolling strong this summer. Looking forward to it!

  44. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I might be interested if they double date with Anniston and Pitt.

    • JRenee says:

      Mabs, lol

    • ElleV says:

      LOL brad and jen WISH they could generate the publicity waves of a reunited Bennifer 1.0 – they never even had a couple name that stuck and only became interesting because brangelina happened

      bennifer-level toxic recouplings i WOULD fix some popcorn for (even tho they’d be nightmare scenarios):
      wino4eva
      robsten
      jelena
      brangelina
      hell… even brad and goop cause they deserve each other

  45. Patricia Minehart says:

    Is he always looking over the shoulder of the woman he’s kissing?

  46. Jayna says:

    I would so love to know what happened with Ana. They were so hot and heavy and I was enjoying their showmance (amongst the sea of nothingness celeb gossipwise). Then she went off to make movies. They were seen together during that, but then something happened. Did he do his usual Ben and started cooling off, or did she end it completely because of something he did, like cheating, etc.?

    • Darla says:

      It happened so fast, either cheating or a surprise pregnancy and he told her get rid of it. something big.

      • cassandra says:

        My money’s on some good old fashioned self-sabotaging cheating on Ben’s part. It definitely seems like she dumped him and never looked back.

        I also think it’s notable that she hasn’t been papped since the relationship ended. We were all blaming him for the pap strolls, but he’s still strolling and she’s MIA-not that she didn’t obviously enjoy the heck out of them

      • milliemollie says:

        @cassandra, she did get papped recently with a guy but no one really cared about it. I think only the daily mail wrote about it. She only got attention when she made people wonder if she got back together wit Ben because of that heart necklace thing.

    • ElleV says:

      I mentioned this in another post but there were a few narratives that came out around the split
      - one was that ben called it off on the advice of matt damon (with some suggestion that, at the time, jlo wasn’t good enough/was hurting his brand)
      - another WAY more fun story was that jen called it off on the advice of a santeria priestess
      - another predictable and likely true story was he cheated with strippers

      Update: oop i just realized you were asking about benana sorry – in that case, my guess is ben’s fragile ego couldn’t handle the blowback to their ridiculous relationship rollout (the blame for which I lay squarely at his feet based on his past relationships)

    • B says:

      I believe she wanted kids and he didn’t. That’s a massive deal breaker. No point in continuing a relationship if you disagree on that.

  47. LaurenMichelle says:

    I figured this was gonna happen when Ben was praising J-Lo publicly the last 2 months. The good thing about J-Lo is that she probably does not want any more children, and is hot AF. Jen also sang at the Presidential Inauguration, so that probably impressed Ben. I don’t trust Ben, but I am enjoying this! I loved the Jenny from the Block video, and their romance. Too bad Ben screwed everything up…what a selfish idiot.

  48. Liz version 700 says:

    Thank you gossip gods we need this “chef’s kiss”

  49. Amando says:

    Ugh let’s hope she doesn’t go back to that. Ben needs a solid recovery program for a few years before he can be anything close to relationship material.

  50. A Fan says:

    Fake publicity stunt. Orchestrated like the Brad Pitt/Jennifer Aniston reconciliation from a few years ago.

    [*Nothing real to see here, folks.*]

  51. milliemollie says:

    Muahaha, this is going to be such a disaster!

  52. Anonymous says:

    @jayna: Thanks so much for the link. I’ve been so depressed during the pandemic. It feels like it’s never going to be over. Seeing the videos transported me temporarily to a pre-COVID time. They were beautiful together. Simpler times!!!

  53. Anonymous says:

    @Lauren Michelle: He blamed her for all the bad press. Matt Damon also blamed her for the bad press. I might be wrong; but I always thought Matt Damon thought Ben was slumming it with her. I wonder if he feels differently today.

    • LaurenMichelle says:

      Yes-exactly. The two Boston snobs acted like they were above J-Lo in social station. Matt Damon married a single mom bartender, and he is judging J-Lo! The elitism of Matt and Ben has no relevance anymore.

    • ElleV says:

      yup – a lot of the reporting at time framed it that way too – or to quote a gross 2003 guardian article “Affleck stood to gain respectability again as a suave ladies’ man, after emerging from rehab and from disapproval for dumping America’s sweetheart, Gwyneth Paltrow. Lopez stood to gain respectability, too, and shed the gangster’s-moll image of criminality still shadowing her from the P Diddy days.”

      Racist much?

    • Jayna says:

      He didn’t blame her. He blamed their high-profile relationship and the paparazzi’s obsession with them. They sold covers. So they were hounded. It’s a simple as that. And so the obsession was massive with them and they fed into it in the beginning. One day he looked up and his career was in the toilet. Ben sabatoged that relationship just like every other one he was in. He wanted out of the engagement but Jen hung on. So he had to pull the plug at the last second. And they stayed together for months afterwards for Jen to save face, until Jen got the hint and ended it. She moved on to Mark in a nanosecond, because she was humiliated. It’s the same way he dumped Gwyneth. Bad boy behavior. Several breakups until Gwyneth finally moved on. I used to disagree. But now I agree with others, that if Jennifer Garner had not gotten pregnant a marriage between them never would have happened.

      The only reason it might have is because Ben was completely focused on salvaging his career, which meant moving to directing. He couldn’t get any decent acting job. He was considered a joke. In the early days of his reuilding his career, he was not focused on chasing women like he usually was. He was singled-minded. Jen Garner was there emotionally supporting him. He was content. At that point in his life, who knows? He might have married her, or might not. He might have stayed with her for three years dating and moved on once he was more emotionally stable and he got his second writing/directing/acting job with The Town. Either way, that relationship with Garner was destined to fail also.

  54. Meime says:

    My thoughts when I heard this were:

    1) Why doesn’t this STUNNING, talented, baller woman see that she deserves better?
    2) He must be counting his lucky stars bc I always thought he regretted losing her.
    3) I bet this really bugs Jennifer Garner bc she probably knows he always regretted losing her.
    4) I really hope, for everyone involved, this isn’t true actually.

  55. Gremlin says:

    @Zapp Brannigan LMAO LMAO ROFL ROFL 🤣😂😅 “”"”there are some raccoons in a trash can behind a Hooters restaurant that are too good for Ben.”"”"

    This is SO good texted it to all my friends. You made our year!!! We’ll be using this forever!

    Put it on a t-shirt and make lots of money! Lol

  56. Anonymous says:

    @Gremlin and Zapp Brannigan: 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. Just brilliant!!!

  57. Anonymous says:

    @Meime: I always had the opposite feeling. He wanted to get rid of her because he unfairly blamed the press circus on her.His close bro’s also crucified her. He later went to court Jennifer Garner because he wanted to rebuild his image. He will never admit it but I think marrying a white woman was part of the plan. Obviously, him being who he is fuc#ed that up as well.Maybe I’m wrong. Hopefully, he’s finally learned he is the fu&k up, not her. I agree, hopefully, this isn’t true for everyone involved (kids, ex spouses, etc.)

  58. Julia K says:

    Her face does not look old in the carriage picture. It is girlishly round and cute, before her glamorous, sophisticated star phase that we see today.

  59. MangoAngelesque says:

    I’m sorry, but this just reeks of, “Yeah, well, Kim has A-list celebs, athletes, AND Royals chasing after her!”

    Like, she’s licking wounds from being cheated on by a renowned douchecanoe, that’s understandable. But these stories about her exes basically salivating to get their woman back are kind of transparent.

  60. Cidee says:

    Jenny’s notoriously broken picker is a gift to us all! Viva la Summer 2021!

  61. MsGnomer says:

    Am recovering from second dose of vaccination today, crappy, then I saw this. I dont know if it’s a PR stunt or not, but it made my day better! Love them both, and wish them the best.

  62. LaurenS says:

    They’ve always been friends BUT they haven’t been spotted hanging out like this in 15+ years? Uh huh. Both are licking their wounds after getting dumped and both have an insatiable need for attention. I guess this serves both purposes. The hoes on Raya must not be cutting it for ol’ Ben anymore.

    • Lena says:

      Yup nailed it! This is all about publicity and licking their wounds and it’s pretty transparent.

  63. Shirley says:

    I would say these two deserve each other if it weren’t for the fact that they have 5 children between them that now will be more exposed to paparazzi and gossip.
    I have never been a big fan of Jennifer Garner but I do feel sorry for the total lack of respect he continuously shows for her.

  64. JRenee says:

    This sounds like PR and attention seeking…

  65. Sue Denim says:

    her men always look so over-groomed, ugh…I hate that look personally, but I think we’ll know from that who’s dating her next… waxed eyebrow watch…

  66. Case says:

    Best gossip we’ve had in AGES. This is so exciting!

  67. Case says:

    Best gossip we’ve had in AGES. This is so exciting!

  68. Velvet Elvis says:

    I believe that Bennifer has probably been hooking up on and off for years on the DL. For whatever reason, they’ve both now decided that it’s cool to let people in on their “friendship”. They’re both legit single now so why not. Besides, this is the juicy relationship redux that we’ve all been waiting for.

  69. ao says:

    yessssssssssssssssss!

  70. Devs says:

    i am so happy…thank you ben and jennifer, streets needed this.

    related, whether or not this is real (and who cares if it isn’t!), i don’t get the idea that she’s desperate lol. no one is forcing marc anthony or ben to linger around her like a bad smell. they know her shenanigans by now and they’re happy to go along with it. men do want her, she has never had an issue finding a man. i also don’t think it’s just that she has bad taste, i think it’s more a case that most men are that bad.
    sure…she could work on her selections loool but these guys could also be better people and they’re not.
    oh well, she’s very grown and so is ben. i hope she kept the pink swimsuit from the jenny from the block video coz i want a remake.

  71. Whit says:

    Ben and I had a lot of fun, but we only dated for 6-7 months when I was a college freshman. And he always has had issues with substances (when I knew him, at least), but he’s honestly a very nice guy.