Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck are ‘Instagram Official’ because of Leah Remini

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One of the things I weirdly love about Jennifer Lopez is that she’s been friends with Leah Remini for decades. They’re such an odd couple for BFFs, but I think more of J.Lo for wanting Leah’s no-nonsense energy in her life. J.Lo is personified with a pink heart emoji. Leah has the personified energy of the skull-and-crossbones. Leah threw a big birthday bash for herself last month, and wouldn’t you know, her BFF came. And J.Lo brought her boyfriend. So now Bennifer is Instagram-Official.

I actually hoped that they would be Instagram Official before now. It just shows you that neither of them really understands the power they could have on Instagram especially. Like, if a month after they got together, they had posted a coupled-up Instagram with “remember us?” or “seventeen years later,” they both would have scored so many cool points. Instead, they’re both focused on old media – the paparazzi and pap stroll model, with leaks to Page Six, People Magazine and Us Weekly. It reminds me a bit of when George Clooney got with Amal – he did an old-media wife rollout too. Anyway, Ben and Jen are still missing from each other’s Instagram accounts. I hope they get on that soon. It’s cute that Leah was the first one to do it for them!

Here’s Leah’s Instagram. Her birthday party was very well-attended! She’s very popular. Leah should yell at Jennifer and get J.Lo to post some Bennifer photos on her IG.

Photo courtesy of Leah’s IG.

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  1. Mads says:

    Eh, I like them :)

  2. Silver Charm says:

    Dying to know what Leah Reminis reaction was to these two getting back together.

    • Soupie says:

      Especially in light of the rumors about her and JLo. And I like Leah, but I don’t like these two thirsty uber-Leos at all. I feel revulsion when I see their photos together. Sorry not sorry.

      Leah’s makeup now being done by JLo’s makeup artist.

      • Trix says:

        It’s funny if there were any rumors about them, it stopped. In essence, comments like these were used to control strong women by making others question their reputations.

        Who do you think that rumor really benefitted and why it never had any real traction? That is if it ever was seriously out there in the first place.

        You can like them or dislike them all you want, but your comment is nasty.

      • Darla says:

        I don’t know what the rumor was, I am going to assume it’s the usual, and if that’s the case, I agree Trix.

      • teecee says:

        I would also say that it’s probable Scientology was behind some of that talk.

      • JennaR says:

        Well said, Trix. And, I wouldn’t be surprised if scientology was involved.

      • Carolnr says:

        What were th he rumors between JL & Leah…I must have missed that..?

      • Soupie says:

        I am not going to repeat rumors I read years ago. I am quite willing to believe that Scientology was behind those rumors, so thanks for that. I apologize for bringing it up.

        As for JLo and Ben Affleck, I really like her as a performer. I really like him as an actor. I don’t like their relationship. That’s not being nasty. I do feel a sense of revulsion because I think the PR is just too thirsty. Who knows how much they control their PR machine.

    • wow says:

      If BenaFlo was a movie it would be “Leaving Las Vegas”.
      Sorry, but he seems an addictive shell of a man- I see zero soul w him & she fills in all the blanks w her “extra”. Seems she’s constantly exhausted…

      Is it just me?

  3. minx says:

    That’s a cute picture. Leah looks, um, different.

    • Merricat says:

      All three of them have been photo-shopped to hell. And back.

      • nina says:

        +! Leah has been face tuned so much, she reminds me of Callista Gingrich’s pictures. Anymore face tune and she will just be a blur.

    • Esmom says:

      I thought it was JLo’s mom before I read the post! Eek.

      And yeah they definitely need to dial back the filters.

    • Emily H says:

      These types of black and white photos I assume are photo booths at the party – or maybe there is a real life photographer there. The Kardashians always have similar type photos from their parties. At first I thought, gosh, they all look REALLY great. But then I realize their faces are almost blurry (the skin) and so it must be some massive filter they use to make everyone look 10 x younger and 10 x better than in real life. Good picture though, no matter what!

      • Merricat says:

        No pores. Lol.

      • lucy2 says:

        I saw most of the video, Leah looks that way in almost all the photos. Either someone touched them all up for her, or she did fillers or botox or something.

      • K says:

        Yeah, all of those photos are filtered to hell. Pretty cringey. But it’s a party, whatever.

  4. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I also love that Jennifer and Leah are besties. I have mad respect for Leah for leaving $cientology in a blaze of glory. Her bio (audiobook) is fantastic and I highly recommend it.

    • Soupie says:

      Loved her Scieno series and read her book (not the audio). She is fantastic. I love her “just try and come after me” attitude.

  5. Mami says:

    Gina from Martin is there, is what I care about.

  6. Sunny says:

    Les Moonves too!

  7. Destiny says:

    As a former Bennifer 1.0 fan, I am so happy for jlo

  8. Elo says:

    I love Ben and Jen and I love Jen and Leah.
    If someone has the same girlfriends for 20+ years- they ain’t all bad.

  9. The Artist Formerly Known as Valiantly Varnished says:

    Leah is a Gemini. That explains so much – and I say that as a Gemini myself!

    Also – she really needs to leave her face alone. It’s getting into cat -territory.

  10. Barrett says:

    Why does Ben look dorky and stoned next to these highly maintained hot chicks! Ha ha made my day.

  11. Darla says:

    “It just shows you that neither of them really understands the power they could have on Instagram especially. ” so true, they had so many viral tweets because of their reunion, and all the hype and buzz overall, an official insta debut from them could have been huge.
    We know Ben doesn’t care about insta tho but jlo does, she just pretending to be” private” with their relationship to please him lol it must be driving her crazy

  12. Carolnr says:

    Ben is not so into IG with his personal life, just his professional life. ( Although, he has posted a few, not nearly to the extent as JL) JL is constantly on IG with numerous selfies! I don’t think Leah would have released those photos without JL’s approval. I saw the pic before I read the article & I did not realize that was Leah! Ben looks like he met his match with both these women, lol! Almost like Leah saying if you break my girl’s heart again , I’ll kick your a$$! Then the pic was taken…

  13. Pilar says:

    Didn’t Ben post pics on Insta with ana? And after him and anas constant pap walks I can’t believe people are still acting like he’s so private and he isn’t a willing participant in the publicity. His mo with his gfs has been getting papped a lot that producer even with his ex wife you can find a lot. Somehow people always find a way to blame his gfs for pap walks etc.

  14. Kate says:

    Hahah he looks so wasted.

    • Jules says:

      He does. And Jlo is clinging on to him with all she’s got.

    • Emily H says:

      Gosh, you’re right. That makes me so sad for him, his family, for both of his Jens…he really suffers from alcoholism and I hope he is getting the help he needs.

      • Soupie says:

        @EmilyH
        This is what I got reamed for further up. I just stated it a little more severely than you did. At the moment they are overexposed and not really in a good way, IMO. How is it “nasty” to say I feel revulsion when I see photos of them, knowing a lot of their (public) backgrounds individually and together?

      • Golly Gee says:

        @Soupie, The comment you made sounded very much like what revolted you was seeing Leah and J Lo together because of the rumors about the two of them. So.

      • Soupie says:

        That is not what I intended to say AT ALL.

        I am revulsed by the constant touting of Bennifer 2.0. I think it’s narcissistic, fake and over the top. I suppose I’ll be reamed for that too. See Emily H’s post above mine, that’s why I feel the way I do.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Hey Soupie, So I carefully reread your post and I can see what you meant, but it wasn’t stated very clearly and I think you can see how it could be construed. I think others who gave you flack shared my perception of what you wrote. I can only speak for myself, but I doubt anyone would give a damn if you felt revolted about J Lo and Ben pictured together. Hope you have a nice Sunday. 🙂

  15. Meg says:

    Leah seems like a riot. When she got married in the early 2000s she did a one episode type reality show on vh1 on the build up to her wedding and honeymoon and she seemed so fun
    I thought marc anthony was friends with leahs husband somehow?

  16. lucy2 says:

    Wow that looked more like a wedding than a birthday party. I really hope everyone was vaccinated!
    I’ve never really liked Leah, but I respect the hell out of everything she’s done to fight Scientology, and for having the guts to up and leave after being brought into it as a child.

    • Anne Call says:

      Yeah, that’s all I think about when I see big groups of people now. Also, delta variant probably hearted that photo.

  17. Karisma says:

    I find weird the way everyone wants him to look drunk or use every opportunity to say that he’s drinking again etc. Must be hard dealing with alcoholism addiction in such a public way with everyone analyzing your every moving and waiting for your downfall.

    • Lena says:

      Well on Instagram it’s kinda blowing up that way, so it’s not just the few on here who see it. And yes, everyone was getting drunk at this birthday bash so probably not the best place to be. I remember Leah Remini’s husband and Marc Anthony were BFFs and That’s how Leah and Jennifer became friends. Also I remember all four went to Tom cruise’s wedding (Tomcat!) in Europe. I thought that was a strange mix although later I got the connection.

    • Al says:

      Yeah it’s depressing. People’s attitudes to addiction are not very evolved.

  18. questions says:

    We know they’re together through pap photos and kissing videos. Would being Instagram-official really make a difference at this point? I feel that sort of thing is more helpful for the stars of Riverdale.

    I think J-Lo has been using her Instagram for her big album roll-out. There’s a lot of content involving her backside to promote her album right now, (That wasn’t really meant to be as snarky as it sounds. Just pointing out what I’ve seen).

    She’s pretty Insta-savvy from what I can tell. He probably doesn’t care for it.

    Gwyneth used Insta to bring up her past relationship with Ben. It was kind of funny. Not sure how much traction it got.

  19. Reece says:

    If you watch the video you can see all of the guests get progressively wasted. *cackles*
    Tisha Campbell must have been very good friends with the photographer or she is now 😏because hun was living in front of it.

  20. Bettyrose says:

    We still think their last round was a PR stunt though, right? It was never real. But doesn’t mean they haven’t rediscovered each other and it’s real this time. IDK what to think about these two (Ben & Jen. The Leah & Jen thing seems like a legit friendship).

    • Samantha says:

      It was very much real and not a PR stunt then – they genuinely fell in love. Now though? We’ll just have to wait and see.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Really? “We” I think you mistyped “I”.
      first I hear of anyone calling the original Bennifer a stunt, you could feel the love and the passion they had for each other in the pics and videos.

    • bettyrose says:

      That’s funny, I really thought it was the going opinion during their first round. It seemed like they each benefitted professionally, with JLo moving into mainstream romcoms and Ben building his playboy image with a glamorous girlfriend. When they first announced their engagement I made a bet with some friends they’d never make it to the alter, and I won that bet. Who knows, maybe they still will get married, but their quickly dissolved engagement back then seemed to support that it was never real. I honestly have no idea what’s going on with them now. They’ve both had such messy love lives I’m tempted to believe they’ve reached a place where they’re right for each other.

  21. Bobbie says:

    You know what would be interesting and totally unexpected? If JLO pulled a Greta Garbo and tried to hide her personal life. And then we’d be even more interested because she’d be withholding. Play a little hard to get instead of the equivalent of sitting by the phone and waiting for the guy to call. :)

  22. DiegoInSF says:

    I actually think this is better than the Instagram rollout, if she did that, she’d be attacked for trying to be one of the kids. Women in the public eye can’t just win, can they? I think this is actually the best strategy, IG official through Leah’s IG with their approval of course is genius.

  23. Singtress says:

    Um.
    Not good,
    He looks drunk.

  24. Fascinating Fascinator says:

    I love and admire both of these women so much – and I’m very sorry to say that Ben looks absolutely hammered. Wow. That is not a good look. I’m really surprised this pic got posted.

  25. rainbowkitty says:

    Not at all my business but I do wonder about the kids… ARods, hers, Bens… Like does shes still get to see Arods girls? Do her kids and his get to spend time together. I wonder how all this works when you’ve been with someone for a long time and they also have children.