Ben Affleck is a writer of love letters. Even though I barely wrote about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, I know that he wrote to her as a way of courting her. I believe some of his other girlfriends have said that too, that he’s a letter-writer and he actually writes some beautiful letters. So… funny story. Shortly after Ben’s breakup with Ana de Armas was official, Ben wrote Jennifer Lopez a series of emails which were reportedly full of romance and longing. She was literally engaged to Alex Rodriguez at the time! But we’ve always known that Jennifer likes to have someone waiting in the wings before she dumps her current man. So that’s exactly what happened – Jennifer and Alex were having problems for several months, Ben wrote her some love letters (emails) and suddenly she was over A-Rod completely and ready for Ben.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez didn’t just rekindle their romance within the last 2 weeks, instead, it’s been building since February … when he started flooding her with emails while she was filming in the Dominican Republic. Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … Ben and J Lo were in very regular contact by email starting in early February when she flew to the Caribbean to begin filming “Shotgun Wedding.” We’re told the tone of the emails wasn’t just friendly … but more loving and longing for Jen.
For instance, after seeing pics of Jennifer in the D.R., he wrote to tell her how beautiful she looked, and how much he wished he could be down there with her. Of course, he was busy at the time in Boston, shooting “The Tender Bar” with George Clooney — and she was still engaged to Alex Rodriguez.
Our sources say the emails also referenced J Lo’s love for Ben’s writing, and included a line about him being able to “own her heart” with his pen. We’re told they continued emailing each other, back and forth, for the duration of J Lo’s shoot … which wrapped in late April.
As far as our sources know, there was no physical contact or rendezvous between them during this time, but the emails do add context to how they seemingly got together so quickly. Remember, they were together in L.A. — very publicly — on the first weekend in May … just 2 weeks after Jen and A-Rod called off their engagement.
Folks in Ben and Jennifer’s world said they had always maintained a friendship since splitting up in 2004. However, as we first told you, they were together again in Montana this past weekend.
I’m honestly going to do a timeline so we know where everything stands, and plus it will just help me as a gossip (CB helped me a lot with the Afflarmas timeline):
Fall 2020: Afflarmas seems to be cooling down. There are fewer pap strolls between Ana de Armas and Ben, but they’re still together.
December 2020: Ana de Armas travels to Cuba to spend the holidays with her family. Ben does not travel with her, and they seemingly spend weeks apart.
January 20, 2021: A-Rod attends the Biden inauguration with J.Lo and people joke about how surprised they are that Jen & Alex are still together.
Late January 2021: Jennifer flies to the Dominican Republic to begin filming Shotgun Wedding. Alex does not travel with her, but he will visit her a few times over the next few months.
Early February: Rumors abound about Alex Rodriguez’s possible affair with Madison LeCroy.
February: Photos of Jennifer on the Shotgun Wedding set are widely circulating through the media. Ben Affleck begins writing Jen emails full of longing and love. Jennifer begins to pull together her exit from her current engagement.
Mid-March: The first stories and confirmations of a J-Rod breakup appear. Alex flies to the Dominican Republic to reconcile with her. They issue a joint statement saying that they’re not over but they’re trying to work through some things.
Late March: It becomes clear that Jennifer is totally over Alex and she begins to leak stuff about how she doesn’t want to be with him anymore, and that they’ve been having problems for months.
April 15th: Jen and Alex break up, for real this time. Jen wants us to know that she dumped him. She also wants us to know that she’s completely done with him and she’s moving on and he’s still worked up about it. Alex publicly plays the sad sack.
April 30th: The first reports of Jennifer and Ben spending time together appear. The rest is history!!
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