Ben Affleck ‘won’t let the intense media attention get in the way’ of the Bennifer redux

Ben Affleck looks Happy and Tired leaving Jennifer Lopez's LA home

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have been photographed consistently since the very start of their love redux. It was because of exclusive paparazzi photos that Ben and J.Lo even confirmed (through sources) that they were spending time together just weeks after her breakup with A-Rod. In recent weeks, Affleck and Lopez have been pap’d together in Miami and LA and the message seems to be: we’re not hiding. But they also haven’t gone “full pap stroll” if that makes sense. Sure, Jennifer has been seen exiting Ben’s house and Ben has been seen exiting Jen’s house. Sure, they posed for those Miami balcony photos. But they’re not walking down Robertson together, which is what used to happen back in 2003. It’s early days and maybe it will happen. But if and when that does happen, they have a better understanding of what it is:

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck discussed how they’d handle swarms of paparazzi photographing their every move as they entered their rekindled romance, according to sources. And this time around, Affleck won’t let the intense media attention get in the way of his relationship with Lopez, we hear.

A source tells Page Six that one of the big issues between Affleck, 48, and his reignited flame JLo, 51, when they first dated back in the early aughts was how many photographers were always around the high-profile relationship.

A source says that today the “Batman” star knows what he is in for. “Ben and JLo had a discussion about paparazzi,” says a source. “JLo warned him they would be followed by paparazzi again, and he knew and understood.”

We’re told that while Affleck is private, he’s accepting it as “it is what it is.”

Last weekend, the “Argo” filmmaker was spotted looking forlorn while leaving Lopez’s house, reviving a “Sad Affleck,” meme that kicked off five years ago focusing on his seemingly bummed out reaction to one of his movies flopping at the box office. Affleck was also snapped endlessly during his last relationship with Ana de Armas, 33, as they walked a dog and ran other errands in the pandemic.

[From Page Six]

Yeah, I think the difference now is that Ben understands that people want photos of *him* doing whatever, and that it’s not contingent on which woman he’s with at the moment. That was also one of the issues – although he probably wouldn’t admit that now – back in the original Bennifer era, the fact that he often felt like second-fiddle to Jennifer’s exploding popularity and mega-stardom. Now he understands that he’s famous in his own right, that people are always going to want photos of him no matter what. I think he’s old enough and mature enough to handle that now, and to handle being with someone as famous as J.Lo. She likes that too.

Ben Affleck looks right at home as he steps out on the balcony to smoke a cigarette wearing a Green Monstah while enjoying his Miami getaway with Jennifer Lopez

Ben Affleck steps out for a smoke at he and Jennifer Lopez's Miami Beach Love Nest!

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. MsIam says:

    He’s probably already wondering how to get out of it. “But it was just supposed to be a quick weekend?”

  2. Ni says:

    Are we pretending that he’s not going to cheat on her? Because it feels like we’re pretending that he’s not going to cheat on her and he is definitely, 100% going to cheat on her.

  3. Julia K says:

    I please. The intense media attention is what they both love, crave ,need. The paps are there because they want them there.

    • TeamMeg says:

      ^This. It’s no secret these two love being in the spotlight, or they wouldn’t spend so much time there. Egos on fire!

    • Char says:

      Both are thirsty for this attention and people are enabling them. The same people who still mock Tom Hiddleston after his thing with Taylor Swift and his thirstness are the ones drinking the Bennifer 2.0 juice.

  4. Silver Charm says:

    He’s always been an active participant in the pap strolls. This time around they both benefit greatly after ending relationships where they both look like the ones scorned.

  5. molly says:

    Ben continues to look a total mess and be in way over his head.
    Jen is 1000% running the show, so we’ll see how this ends for him.

  6. Golly Gee says:

    Re:3rd photo

    Instincts ~ a Haiku
    Tulip for my girl
    Jen will totally love this
    Or I could smoke it

    ~ composed by Ben while smoking thoughtfully on Jens balcony

  7. Myra says:

    Before he had a reputation to protect. He’s long lost that so he can enjoy JLo’s HGS without a care in the world.

  8. jferber says:

    No, Myra, he still has a reputation because he’s a white man and he’ll get umpteen chances to get it right and no consequences if he gets it wrong. In my opinion.

  9. Jules says:

    “JLo warned him they would be followed by paparazzi again, and he knew and understood.” Lol right because he was never papped with his previous relationships. Who writes this crap?

    • Snazzy says:

      Right? Like she’s teaching him something about paparazzi? Bitch please

    • Sigmund says:

      It’s so strange to me that there’s this repeating narrative with every relationship that he’s in that he doesn’t like paparazzi and doesn’t know how to handle them, and the woman he’s with always gets blamed for being “thirsty” for the pap attention. But look at the pap walks he did with Jen Garner and later Ana! Dude 100% uses the paparazzi, and he’s just as thirsty as any of them.

  10. Steph says:

    I feel like he actually likes the attention from the paps. The question is why? I thought A-listers didn’t need to do pap strolls. There are big stars who live mostly under the radar but I think he sometimes likes to be photographed doing his everyday things, not just with the women he’s dating.

  11. Nyro says:

    The intense media attention is the point. It wouldn’t be real for either of them if the cameras weren’t there.

    • molly says:

      Intense media attention is a choice, at this point. People have whole marriages, pregnancies and children without the public knowing. (Sandra Bullock kept her son a secret for months during a Oscar run and a very scandalous divorce!)
      Both Jen and Ben are in it for the attention. Hopefully they both continue to get what they want.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      They even leak this info about the paps being after them.

  12. Justjj says:

    This kind of stuff makes me glad to be a peasant.

  13. Carolnr says:

    JJL is totally controlling this relationship down to deciding when she thinks it is time to meet Ben’s children. Ben also thought that he & Ana were going to last & they broke up. JG is totally right about wanting to wait awhile before introducing her children to JL & her children. Just because JL. had Ben meet her children so quickly, doesn’t mean that JG has to reciprocate.
    I think Ben is used to the excessive media attention by now; however, I don’t think Ben would tolerate any woman running the show, including JL.

    • KissMyA**23 says:

      The only way Ben will tolerate anyone running the show is if it actually works, and that’s even kind of a long shot lol… Ben is used to excessive media attention, but remember he knows how to hide when he wants to. JL doesn’t necessarily ever hide. Which eventually won’t vibe with him. He loves his privacy when he looks like a fool, e.g. took him over a month to come out of hiding when Wash Post did that story about him and Ana. And then didn’t surface again really for 2 more months.

    • a0 says:

      There are now photos online of Ben, his mother and his kids arriving in a Range Rover at JLo’s house on Saturday so that JG tabloid report was obviously bs.

  14. Shannon Brown says:

    Lord preserve me from this redux! The sad thing is both of them wish they had the same media fervor as the first relationship. Maybe they should make a terrible movie again to get the tongues to really wagging.

  15. Carolnr says:

    @ Shannon
    Yes! And then Ben can say how JL ruined his career & we will have officially gone back in time!!!

  16. a0 says:

    Seems like they are managing the attention better this time and understand the art of keeping people wanting more. Like, people are excited when new photos drop rather than the wall-to-wall coverage of the early 00s. Paparazzi are clearly trying hard given all the photos of random cars but they’re not giving up a photo every time.