Ben Affleck returned to LA, he & J.Lo are ‘prepared to make long distance work’

Ben Affleck is back in La La Land after spending time with J.Lo in Miami!

Ben Affleck is back in LA after his multi-day jaunt to Miami to see Jennifer Lopez. It was widely reported that he would stay there throughout the Memorial Day three-day weekend, so I don’t know what happened there. While Jennifer has a home in LA, she is Miami-based these days, and I think that’s mostly about her kids? Her kids are in school in Miami, and Marc Anthony shares custody and he has been somewhat Miami-based for years. Although, he just mysteriously sold his huge Miami estate, so who knows. The point is that J.Lo is not going to be sitting around LA, waiting for Ben to call. They’re going to need to do cross-country booty calls for this thing to work. Good news: they are prepared for that.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are committed to seeing each other despite living on opposite coasts. The pair are prepared to make long distance work, after Affleck, 48, was recently photographed visiting Lopez, 51, in Miami. “Ben will be in Miami for a few days,” a source tells PEOPLE. “They are having fun and want to spend as much time together as possible.”

“They will travel back and forth as much as they can to make things work,” the source adds. “They don’t want to hide anymore. They are both excited about their relationship. They want to make sure they do everything they can to make this work. Jennifer is incredibly happy. She feels like she can just be herself around Ben.”

[From People]

I think at their ages (he’s 48, she’s 50) and their status as divorcees with school-aged kids, the long distance thing makes sense and might even work in their favor. As we know, Ben likes the chase and he gets bored when someone is too available. If he actually has to put some work into it… well, we’ll see. Honestly, I’m just hoping they make it through the summer. Meanwhile, Page Six claims that J.Lo had a plan for how she would announce her reunion with Ben:

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s public comeback romance was in the works before he was spotted in her Escalade last month. Sources told Page Six that the stars planned to announce their reunion in a more tightly controlled way before pics emerged of Affleck riding solo in Lopez’s car to allegedly visit her home. But the paparazzi shots of Affleck stealthily dropping off his car at the Hotel Bel-Air and then traveling to JLo’s nearby home beat them to the punch.

“He stayed at her house [in April], and she was planning to make an announcement that they are back together on Instagram. It’s all about timing with her,” a source told Page Six.

The alleged couple has yet to officially announce that they’re back together — but they continue to drop hints that Bennifer 2.0 is in full swing, with getaways to Montana and Miami.

Still, some insiders remain mystified as to just how serious they are. One source told us, “These are people who don’t like to be alone, and she really likes him. They have a long history there.”

Lopez cryptically gave fans the impression that she’s back with Affleck — when she reportedly liked a post from life coach Jay Shetty about “finally being loved effortlessly.” The “If You Had My Love” songstress clearly wants to keep us guessing. Instagram account Deux Moi pointed out she quickly removed the like.

[From Page Six]

“These are people who don’t like to be alone.” It is what it is. At this point, Ben and J.Lo are not going to magically learn to love themselves enough to be alone for two seconds. And it’s fine. It’s better for gossip this way. It also would have been great to see them announce their coupled-up status on Instagram, but I like the way they rolled it out. It was fun! This whole thing has been fun.

Speaking of, Page Six had some hilarious photo exclusives which are super-fun. One, Jennifer “peeping” on Ben as he chain-smokes on her balcony. Two, Jennifer “meditates” while Ben smokes. Their post-coital vibes are amazing.

Ben Affleck is back in La La Land after spending time with J.Lo in Miami!

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Noki says:

    I saw a picture of her and her son Max as he was coming home from school. Why cant Ben stay in a hotel for a while ? A-Rods kids are also just ghosted too? The kids seemed so close.

    • Renata says:

      Hotel staff won’t let him bring his fave paps along

    • BK says:

      the kids seemed so close because they worked OVERTIME to paint the one big blended family picture. They made every outing together a whole family photoshoot :eyeroll: I’m not saying the kids didn’t become friends/attached, but I don’t think they were together nearly as much as they made it out to be. Arod’s girls live with their mother and Jlo’s never around her kids full time. They are also old enough to keep in touch and hang out on their own if they really miss each other.

    • a0 says:

      ‘Sources’ have been saying she’s not ready to introduce the kids so my guess is that Ben stayed in the master bedroom area of the house when the kids were home. Seemed like he was spending a lot of time on an upstairs balcony during the day.

  2. CherHorowitz says:

    ‘They don’t want to hide it any more’ haaaahaahahahahahahahahah

  3. B says:

    That’s easy to say when you’ve only been dating for a few weeks. Let’s see what happens in a few months, I think the constant travelling will become exhausting. LDR rarely work, IMO.

  4. ThatgirlThere says:

    I appreciate the gossip distraction but she could do better.

  5. Eenie Googles says:

    Wearing a mask from the Kate Middleton collection, I see.

  6. LaurenMichelle says:

    It’s funny how J-Lo is checking on Ben, while he’s lounging with a IDGAF vibe. HIs foot on the table, smoking! Ben makes me laugh. How is a long-distance relationship a big deal when you can fly on a private jet? LDR is probably better anyway, so they can get a break from the paps once in a while. Ben loves J-Lo’s booty, so he’ll make it work.

    • Renata says:

      That pic reminds me of Michael Scott checking on Ryan the Temp through his office blinds. Just, girl, why?

  7. nicegirl says:

    The pic of JLo peeping omg

  8. Jayna says:

    Ben’s got kids. Why would he be gone for a full week to sit around her house? I’m sure her kids are going to be around part of that time with her. He’s probably gone back to spend time with his own children. Maybe he will fly back again to see her at some point, maybe part of the weekend depending on what Jen G. and Ben have worked out for Thursday through Monday with the kids. I know Jen Garner’s parents are in town with her right now, because paps shot her taking them to see the progression of her new Brentwood home being built and walking around in it.

    • Renata says:

      It’s Jen Gs mum’s birthday week that’s why she’s in town. Jen posted her on her IG. Maybe that’s why Ben is back🤷

  9. Mel says:

    I feel sorry for all the kids caught up in the egos, thirstiness and self-centered promotional antics of all the parents involved.

  10. Jules says:

    Eww he looks so unattractive sprawled out with his ciggie in his mouth. I think he’s replaced Pete Davidson in the love-bombing department.

    • Renata says:

      His love bombing doesn’t last as long anymore. But then I bet they start publicizing his gift bombing really soon. My bet is matching Him and Hers Rolls Royce…again.

    • Laura says:

      Normally, I would agree with you — damn if he doesn’t have the Jlo Glow going on. This is the best he has looked in… well, since he was with her in the Jenny From the Block phase!

  11. GGRosebud says:

    Peeping to make sure he didn’t leave, lol

  12. Kristic says:

    I also wonder what they’re thinking when it comes to their children. This is where I think most stars aren’t like regular people. Maybe their kids aren’t either because I know that mine (she’s 22 now) would have made my life a living hell if I were running around with different people. Like Parent Trap times infinity.

  13. Carolnr says:

    Did Ben ever sell that home in Savannah, Georgia? The one he bought when he was with Jennifer L…..

  14. a0 says:

    The long-distance thing didn’t work with Lindsay Shookus. It seems like an additional roadblock for someone who already finds it difficult to keep his shit together. I really hope they make this work for a few more months, it’s too much fun.

    Ben aside, JLo only moved from LA to Miami for ARod and is now renting after moving out of his place so I can see her going back to LA eventually.

  15. Carolnr says:

    the first time around.
    I accidentally submitted before I finished typing…

  16. AnneSurely says:

    Let me translate this PR for everyone: they’re going to make long distance work! = Ben has fulfilled his part of this embarrassing circus and will not be seen in Miami again. This is all JLo’s teams comms folks trying to make hey while the sun shines. If this party boat even makes it that far, 6 months from now, we will have a statement that says, they will both always have the utmost respect and affection for one another, but will part as friends. And then a cycle of ‘they were better as friends then lovers’ with small jabs from each side like, ‘Ben just could not deal with JLo’s staged life’ and Jennifer ‘couldn’t handle Ben’s smoking/unhealthy habits’

    • MariettaJones says:

      I agree with most of your assessment, except the 6 months… I think it will end in way less time. Like 2 months tops. Ben’s supposed to be filming for the Flash and that’s in London, I think soon?? It’s currently filming so I think it’ll be soon. J Lo won’t be the center of attention because when Ben’s working, he’s more focused on putting out a good film, Which means she’ll slide down the list. Which will piss her off. LOL

  17. MariettaJones says:

    Anyone notice Ben’s not wearing the watch anymore? I wonder if J Lo kept it originally?

  18. Leeloo says:

    Jennifer, please learn to be alone for a second.

    Ben Affleck is a washed up has been that isn’t worth her time. Literally scraping the bottom of the barrel. There aren’t any rich billionaires she could date?

    • miri says:

      How exactly is Ben Affleck washed up? He is a two-time Oscar winning actor, director, screenwriter and producer with the kind of career and influence in Hollywood that people most only can dream of. He just had the most critically acclaimed movie of his career and was in contention for an Oscar and got a Critics Choice Award nomination. He was the 4th highest paid actor last year and has consistently been on the top ten list every year by Forbes. He just shot a movie directed by Clooney and is going to direct a Disney franchise pretty soon and has many prestige projects lined up as both an actor and director.