Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck reunited in LA on Memorial Day, they went to dinner

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez workout together

Bennifer: Memorial Day Reunion!! I was hoping we would get some kind of news about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, especially because poor Ben looked worn out during his trip to Miami. They must have been having a lot of reunion sex because Ben spent a lot of time on Jennifer’s balcony, smoking cigarettes and trying to recharge for the next session. We first heard that Ben had plans to stay in Miami throughout the long weekend, but he ended up flying out of Miami on Thursday, in time to spend the weekend with his kids back in LA. But… Jennifer flew into LA on Monday!! They went out to dinner Monday night:

Public cuddling! Hand holding! You can see Page Six’s photos here. They went to dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant at the Pendry Hotel in West Hollywood. According to Page Six, they arrived in Ben’s car with a third person in tow, and I bet it was a bodyguard. Ben also went outside at one point for a smoke break.

Soon after the photos came out, sources close to J.Lo ran directly to People Magazine and told them that Jennifer only went to LA for “business reasons” (more like bidness reasons) but Jen “also wanted to spend time with Affleck.” The insider told People: “They will continue to travel back and forth between Los Angeles and Miami. They are very happy together.” They’re also “slowly starting to talk about the future. This is not a casual relationship. They are taking it seriously and want it to be long-lasting.” Aim for long-lasting and be happy if they make it through the summer. Oh wait… the Met Gala is in September this year. Please please please let them stay together through September so we get Bennifer at the Met Gala!!! COME ON!!!

Film premiere of 'Gigli'

Film premiere of 'Gigli'

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  1. local russian hill says:

    fun fun fun. let’s see where it goes. i hope ben can stay sober. and i hope he can be good to jen. and she can be good to him. life is short. it seems like they’re realizing that.

    • Eleonor says:

      Well JLo is notouriously a healthy person: her fitness routine, the attention she pays on diet and healthy habits, she is not someone who can threatens Ben behaviour, I know it’s all on the recovering alcholic but I think (feel free to correct me if I am wrong( a clean person can help this kind of journey.

      • EllenOlenska says:

        Yes, and now that Jennifer Garner did the heavy lifting of being the “disapproving mommy” and hauling him off to rehab time and again JLo gets to not face the petulant resistance to her efforts ( we hope). One lesson I learned early on is that people resent when you see their mess and want to start fresh when they get to a point when they feel they are recovered. JG was a doormat.

      • Renata says:

        Not for you specifically but whoa! I see why so many women ignore glaring red flags now. I keep seeing the hope that clean living might be infectious even in the face of addiction. It’s not. Being around health conscious people might give you a temporary boost of dopamine because of the novelty but the disease is always there lurking. That short term dopamine wears off and when it does you feel even more bereft than before. It helps not to be with a user, it makes no difference whether you are with a health nut. Its always going to come down to Ben.

        The other mentality I see all over is this “any port in a storm”. ARod is a pathological cheater. Ben is a pathological cheater. Do we see a pattern here? Can you have a fun summer fling? Sure, but hopefully you are also interrogating why you always go back to these jokers. You don’t think you deserve better? You think you are their cure? You think their previous women were just defective? So much idle good D out here and you stumble back to the same wandering D???

  2. Eleonor says:

    While I think it’s a bad idea, these two are the gossip gold I was waiting for: it’s light and fun to watch.

    • MrsRobinson says:

      We know it’s not going to end well, right? But at this particular moment, who cares? Time to live a little and make messy but not life-threatening mistakes.

      • Eleonor says:

        Agreed! I think it’s not going to end well, but who knows.
        As a gossip reader it’s not the Royal messy drama and racist pr, or Osaka who asks for respects and ends up bullied by the Roland Garros.
        Bennifer it’s light, I’ll take these two everyday!

      • Myra says:

        I felt so sad for Naomi that I wanted to switch off all social media/sites for a while. But I might just stay around here for these types of lighthearted, fun gossip.

  3. Cecilia says:

    Lmaoo the early 2000’s are making a full comeback i see.

    Honestly they seems like such an unlikely couple but somehow they look good together?

  4. Becks1 says:

    “not casual….want it to be long-lasting….” LOL okay then! I’m with Kaiser, let’s make it to the Met Gala, it will make it interesting to watch, lol.

    I know we’ve all been saying this but this is just good old-fashioned gossip, it reminds me of a decade or two ago, right down to the “surprise” paparazzi pics of the couple going to dinner etc.

  5. Merricat says:

    I think the problem (for Ben) has always been that she adores him and doesn’t hold back her adoration in public. He loves it, needs it, sucks it up like the emotional vampire that he is–but ultimately, he hates himself, so he has this little corner of contempt for her, because she loves him so dramatically.

    • Brielle says:

      Yes she loves him too much…but at least she rebounds quickly,hope she won’t be crushed like last time

    • Summergirl says:

      Yes, she loves him showily, but I think J-Lo’s love runs as deep as a puddle. She’ll be just fine when all this ends.

    • Summergirl says:

      The strange thing I find about these two is that Ben always looks so unhappy with her. With Ana de Armas, he looked giddy, he was so clearly infatuated with her. Even with Lindsay Shookus in the beginning, he looked really happy. Yet with J-Lo, he just looks heavy. I can clearly see what she is getting out of this fling–at the very least, a big, understandable f*** you to A-Rod. But to me he looks ambivalent at best.

      • Jayna says:

        When he was with Shookus, he was plastered most of the time. That was his happiness and a woman who wasn’t on him about it, just happy to be able to come out of the mistress shadows.

      • a0 says:

        He looks pretty happy in the Page Six pictures from dinner! Let’s not forget he pursued her this time (and last time)

    • Meg says:

      I think a previous post here explained it well, ben has a bigger ego than jens and took the flop of Gigli personally like it was a rejection of their relationship from the public not just that movie. Between that and the nonstop tabloid coverage which he willingly participated in, he feared his entire career was declining to tabloid coverage so he was ashamed of loving the attention so much and that would be his downfall.
      Part of me thinks they should get married as theyre clearly crazy about each other but can his ego survive being with someone as famous or more than he is? as jlo loves attention & fame and seems more comfortable with accepting that than ben is

  6. LaurenMichelle says:

    I always thought they looked good together. Ben better not break Jen’s heart twice.

  7. Qzie says:

    Who knows? Ben might be her comforting breath of fresh air after “wandering peen a-hole” A-Rod. She knows Ben, she’s well aware of his many downsides and upsides. It doesn’t mean that it will last, if Ben was less of a middle-aged mess, and could appreciate this lifeline, it could. Wouldn’t it be nice if he could pack his demons away for ten years and just live a full enjoyable life for a while, appreciating JLo, his children, his accomplishments instead filling his sadness with booze, gambling, chicks and Dunkin iced?

  8. swirlmamad says:

    As much as a HAM I see this ending up, it’s also a welcome flashback to a more carefree, fun-loving period in my life (my unencumbered 20s), so I’m here for the walk down memory lane. Lol.

  9. TQ says:

    Am still here for it and loving it!

    Still think it will end in a hot mess, but am just enjoying the Hot Bennifer 2.0 Summer. Would love for them to make it to the September Met Gala!!

  10. Plums says:

    it’s so gross that he smokes so much. the fact that he hasn’t been able to quit doesn’t speak well to his chances of having kicked any of his other harmful addictive habits.

    He’s just such a mess of a person, and I only want this thing to work with JLo if she won’t put up with his self-defeating, destructive nonsense. And it’s so crazy because I’m saying all this and I LIKE Ben. He’s more tragic to me than a jerk.

    • Darla says:

      If I remember correctly, from my dad, when you join any kind of 12 step program, or even a detox facility, you are not in any way encouraged to quit smoking. When it gets this far, it’s an immediate threat to your life. Recovering addicts also just in my experience, tend to eat a lot of junk. Like donuts are a big thing. So I don’t think his smoking is a sign that he is slipping from his recovery.

      • Plums says:

        had no idea, but that’s just bonkers to me. It’s not as dangerous or socially destructive as alcoholism or a gambling addiction, but it kills you all the same. He has young children- he should be trying to quit.

        idk, I think I’m letting my personal issues with it make me more judgmental than I usually am with vices.

      • Darla says:

        No, I hate it too, it’s just I remember a lot of this from my dad, who did stay sober the last 10 years of his life but never quit smoking. What I really don’t understand is why these nicotine addicts don’t at least switch to an e-cig. I don’t think for one moment they’re healthy, but at least they don’t stink. They might be slightly less bad for you? as well.

      • molly says:

        Based on stories I’ve read from a few famous rock stars who quit major drug addictions, heroin was easier to quit than smoking. It’s why most don’t try.

      • Darla says:

        It was hell for me personally, and took me many years and many backslides. I can remember sitting there crying and saying to someone, is this really living though? I really meant it. And still today, if you told me it wouldn’t cost me any years that I’m going to die from something else before smoking could get me, I’d go back. To ecigs, because i can no longer stand the stink of smoke, but I would go back. It’s a powerful, powerful addiction. And it fills a psychological need as well for some. I know it does for me. The oral part, the part of having something to do with your hands, while you’re thinking, while you’re writing. Even once you kick the physical addiction, which is torture, you are left with that. Forever in many cases. In mine.

        If I had ever been addicted to drugs, and managed to get clean, I personally would not have ever even attempted to kick nicotine. I know in my heart I could not have kicked both and I wouldn’t want the backslide to be the drugs. I’d just accept a likely-shortened lifespan as the price for sobriety.

      • laura-j says:

        It’s really really hard to quit smoking, and it is very much a habit that you don’t think about. Like you just grab one, and lots of people in sobriety stick with the smokes. I say this as an ex smoker of 5 years, who still needs Nicorette sometimes to get me over a moment… And that’s 5 years without a slip up. It’s a tough one.

    • Anne Call says:

      Being around a person that smoked would be an automatic deal breaker and especially if I had kids. Watched my brother and brother in law spend their last year hooked up on oxygen tanks basically prisoners in their homes. Cigarette smoking did that. No thank you.

  11. Molly says:

    Jen must hate how he smells with smoking that much. DURING dinner? Ew. No amount of gum will change the face that you just smoked and now we’re back to this intimate dinner where we’re all up on each other.

  12. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    Smoking is so nasty. I can’t believe people still do it in 2021.

  13. Steph says:

    I thought A-listers were supposed to be above being so out there for everyone? Like why would either of them be so public about it all and go running to People Mag and whatnot? Is this all to get back at their exes or something? Its not like they need publicity.

  14. Carolnr says:

    I bet Ben misses the days when there were smoking & non- smoking restaurants! Ben constantly gets lapped outside trying to smoke. I can’t imagine how many times during the evening that Ben excuses himself to smoke. My SIL constantly has to get up & smoke outside. ( My MIL & I do not allow her to smoke in our home)
    Ben needs to step up his shoe game…ditch those white sneakers! Give it time…Jennifer L. will be buying Ben new clothes.
    I have to agree with Merricat. Jen does not hold back her adoration for Ben in public & eventually he will grow tired & hate himself.
    The pic of them inside the car tells the real story….

    • Darla says:

      If he would just switch to an ecig, he could discreetly smoke indoors. It can be done, even though it’s not permitted. I don’t know why anyone still smokes regular cigarettes. It’s an adjustment, but the switch is not that difficult. I did it along my road to quitting. I’ve been off nicotine for a decade now, but it was a long road and ecigs played a big part. But if you don’t want to quit, you can stay on them, just make the switch.

  15. Powermoonchrystal says:

    I came here before reading the Trump article. More of this and none of him. C’mon 2021.

  16. Soupie says:

    Well at least we now have a tongue instead of an empty open mouth. 🙄

  17. DiegoInSF says:

    The third person was Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, JLO’s producing partner whose mom passed away recently. That’s who’s in the backseat in the car shots.

  18. FuefinaWG says:

    JL is one of those people that has to be in a relationship with a famous person at all times. She cannot be alone for 2 seconds, every relationship is the greatest relationship, and the guy must be famous. I find the whole thing quite tedious.

    • Gina says:

      She has dated and married guys who were not famous before.Eg:Ojani Noa,Cris Judd and Casper lol.It is tedious that she can’t be alone though.

      • Anne Call says:

        Feel bad for her kids who must be almost teenagers. Maybe she could be about them for the next few years instead of another bound to crash and burn relationship.

  19. Lena says:

    Ben came back to LA last Tuesday, not Thursday, but who’s counting? We are! They are playing the press like a fiddle and we are here for it. I still think this is about 89% revenge dating and if it was the real thing they would be more private & less publicly giving us the blow by blow. But I’m enjoying the corny, old school tabloid way they do it all. They are matched in their love of a public ‘private’ life.

  20. nicegirl says:

    Its it 2021? I cannot even tell anymore.

    As a feminist, I think I’m supposed to support her decisions and not be fooled by Jenny from the block getting her rocks off?

    I’m 46, I say to anyone who is willing, get it.

    Not that I’d be getting it from a former who had broken my heart, I cannot take that shit omg I’m way too sensitive.

    • Lena says:

      No me either. Dating a former who broke my heart – never. I think I’d more likely spend time plotting revenge. But as summergirl above so eloquently put it, JLo’s love runs a puddle deep so maybe she forgot his cheating, alter- abandoning ways.

  21. Dee Kay says:

    I am here for it. Here alllllll the way to the bitter, messy end. Definitely hoping they make it to the Met Gala and maybe even one full year. We won’t get red carpets for a while yet so they need to stay together until they can walk together in public in full regalia several times, effectively distracting us from all the horrors in the world.

  22. a0 says:

    *prayer circle that Ben doesn’t mess it up before we get red carpet gold*

  23. shanaynay says:

    An ex is an ex for a reason. Don’t look back just keep moving on.

    Plus, I do not buy the Jen and Ben relationship. I think it is all BS, and they are just milking it for publicity. I’m calling it fake AF!!!!!

  24. Serena says:

    Lmfao, JLo must be delusional. Future and long lasting? I know she clings to douchebags but Ben is gonna flee soon if he doesn’t f- it up sooner.

  25. Kate says:

    “slowly starting to talk about the future. This is not a casual relationship. They are taking it seriously and want it to be long-lasting.”

    *insert Chrissy Teigen cringe face meme*