Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck & Emme Anthony had dinner at Craig’s last night

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez dine at LA eatery Craig's

Last night, Ben Affleck had a single-parent’s date night. A date night with Jennifer Lopez and her daughter Emme. Judging from the photos from recent months, I think Emme is the kid who is giving this Bennifer thing a chance. Maybe Emme thought A-Rod sucked, maybe Emme is just an easy-going kid, but she seems to enjoy spending time with her mom’s new boyfriend. Ben seems sweet to Emme too, even in photos from the Hamptons and beyond, he talks to her a lot and seems especially protective of her. He’s got two daughters, he knows how to talk to girls.

So Ben, J.Lo and Emme went to Craig’s last night. There seemed to be some madness with the paparazzi as they were leaving, and J.Lo was the one who looked a bit stressed out about the flashes from what I imagine was a wall of photographers outside the restaurant. Emme seemed fine with it, and Ben seemed mostly concerned with Emme.

Can I just say? I love how Emme blows up her mom’s color wheel for this relationship. J.Lo had her outfit and Ben’s outfit all planned out on the brown-and-cream wheel and then Emme turns up in her flannel and blue hair and paint-splattered shorts. I love this for all of them.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck exit Craig's after dinner

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez dine at LA eatery Craig's

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez dine at LA eatery Craig's

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  1. Bryn says:

    Emme is adorable, love her hair, reminds of when J. Lo was younger and dancing on that old show (can’t remember the name of it)

  2. Jayna says:

    From the Observer a few years ago: “Craig’s has long been a celebrity hot spot, especially for A-listers who plan paparazzi run-ins, with the hopes of being featured on TMZ the next day.”

    So they wanted and knew they would be seen and papped by the paparazzi. How Bennifer 2.0 of them. LOL

    • Tiffany :) says:

      My thoughts exactly. They went to Craig’s, so obviously this was for paparazzi attention…but did they need to include her daughter in that?

    • psl says:

      Anyone who thinks they are not calling the paps……..please.

    • Anne Call says:

      I’ve been there. Not even very good food. Weird place to bring a teenage girl and they definitely wanted paparazzi to see them. So many other cool low key restaurants with good food in LA they could have slipped in and out of. Kind of gross.

    • a0 says:

      Come on, they do not need to call the paps!

  3. Fernanda says:

    It is refreshing to see a child dressed as a child. As it should be!

    • Sid says:

      Yes. The colored hair, the laid back clothes, etc. seem like Emme has the freedom to be Emme. It’s nice to see that Lopez isn’t insistent on having her daughter be glammed up.

      • Paige says:

        ITA I am pleasantly surprised that JLO is letting her do her own thing. I think really that speaks well for her mothering

      • psl says:

        Honestly, J Lo seems like the type who’d compete with her daughter. So she won’t mind Emme not wanting be all glammed up.

  4. C-Shell says:

    Emme is a cutie! She looks like she’s going to be really tall — taller than her parents LOL. Anyway, Ben seems sweet with her, planned pap run or not.

  5. Stacy Dresden says:

    Aww Emme is so sweet and all grown up.

  6. Nyro says:

    Love her regular teenager outfit, blue hair included. That’s cool that J Lo isn’t trying to turn her into her “mini me” for clout and let’s Emme rock her own style like other kids.

    • Green Desert says:

      Totally agree. Emme’s got great style.

      I read on another site that Emme is the rare celebrity child who hasn’t used her connections for something like acting, a record deal, a beauty line, etc. She’s used it to publish a book. She’s young and who knows which direction she’ll go in, but I think that’s a really cool move.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Not quite. Emme sang at the Super Bowl!

      • psl says:

        And what could she have to say at 10 years old that a book should be published? You think that is not using her connections? Come on.

      • Jayna says:

        The rare celebrity child not using connections? She’s onl y 13. It’s rare to see a celebrity child 12 or 13 using any celebrity connections, because their parents don’t want that for them. I can’t think of any actress or actor’s child being put out there at 12 or 13, whenver that statement was on another site.

        I guess pop singers like to push their kids out there, like Madonna, but it even seems like her kids were older, more like 16. Although, younger they were on stage with her. And at 12 being Lopez and Anthony’s daughter got her a book published, etc. The book was cute. But that happened because of who she is the child of and Lopez putting it in motion.I have nothing against that at all. I think Emme is a sweet kid with a very cute, outgoing personality.

      • Green Desert says:

        Oh my god psl and Jayna. I said she didn’t use her connections for some of the obvious things, but that she’s used her connections for a book deal. I know she sang at the Super Bowl. I know she’s obviously using her connections. I didn’t say she has so much to say that she deserved a book deal. My whole point was that a young teen’s desire to write a book (rather that start getting plastic surgery and starting a beauty empire, let’s just say) says something about who she may be. Like, a little different than the typical privileged child of a superstar. But still obviously a privileged child of a superstar. And I know she’s young and as I said before, “who knows which direction she’ll go in.” As a lifelong lover of books I just think it’s cool that’s what she wanted to do. Geez.

      • Jayna says:

        @Green Desert Point taken.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    I’d just like to say JLo has the best handbags.

    • Jayna says:

      She has an amazing wardrobe also and great shoe game

      • Carolnr says:

        @ Janya
        She would probably need at least 1 bedroom from the 85 million dollar mansion just for her shoes& handbags, lol!

    • MaryBeary says:

      I totally agree. She has an outstanding handbag game! I noticed the one in this post right away. 👜

  8. tempest prognosticator says:

    I have enjoyed the Grand Reunion of these two. The photos. Ben’s makeover. Coordinated outfits. It’s entertaining. But when I see photos of them with their kids it’s not as much fun because I’m reminded the two adult entertainers aren’t the only ones involved in this vortex of love.

  9. Veronika says:

    Emme is adorable.
    Why did they take her to a celebrity Hotspot?
    Why not take her to an Applebee’s way out in the suburbs or something, for more privacy?
    Emme might’ve thought A-Rod sucked, I don’t know, but she loved his daughters & those girls were always posting stuff to social media, you could tell they had a blast together.

  10. Laalaa says:



    • Louisa says:

      Just came to say THE PANTS!! I was looking for a pair of wide leg white pants for the summer and couldn’t find any that I liked. I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to afford these ones but the whole outfit is amazing.

    • Jayna says:

      They are great. The whole outfit is great.

  11. Louisa says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen JLo’s son. Is he ever with them and just not photographed or is he staying out of this?

    • Renee says:

      Yes, I wondered the same thing? I wonder if Max didn’t want to join for some reason or if he doesn’t like Ben?

      • Scrambled Eggs says:

        Wasn’t Max out with them at dinner when we got pics and videos of the first pap’d kiss? He was also with them on that Universal trip with some of Ben’s kids. Maybe he’s just not into shopping and going out to eat as much as Emme is.

        I kind of appreciate from this distance that it doesn’t appear that either parent is forcing their kids to all go and do the same things if they don’t want to be out. It does seem like Emme likes Ben a good deal. While she’s was apparently close to A.Rod’s kids, like other posters have said, she might have disliked how he treated her mom and washes her hands of him.

    • Goldie says:

      Max has been spotted with Ben and Jennifer on a few occasions. He was present when Ben and Jen had their first big photographed make-out session in L.A. He interrupted the kissing by showing them something on his phone. It kinda seemed like he was embarrassed and was trying to get them to stop. So yes, I believe that Max doesn’t like the attention and that’s probably why we haven’t seen him as much.

  12. Plums says:

    So, my parents never got divorced, and I’m so curious about the perspective of kids like this who grow up with single parents that have messy romantic lives and get into serial monogamist relationships with partners that also have kids, and then they break up and move on to the next one. Like, do those kids think of themselves as quasi-step siblings beyond the life of the relationship, or are they just friends and it doesn’t really matter to them? Do the adults maintain quasi-parental relationships with these kids they were either officially or unofficially a step parent to for a time, even though the romantic relationship with the parent is done? It’s just really interesting to me because it’s so far from my personal experience that I can’t guess what it’s like.

    • Mcali says:

      I think it depends on the parents. In my case it wasn’t a big deal and didn’t scar me for life. Lol

  13. Lesli says:

    Emme is a mood!! Love her

  14. DiegoInSF says:

    It’s Emme Muñiz, Anthony is part of “Marc Anthony” lol

  15. You Know Me says:

    JHo needs to take this show OFF the road. My gawd, she makes the Kardassian’s look demure and private. GO AWAY. Also, is that really the daughter? In these photos she looks like a little old lady.

    • Jayna says:

      Ben is in the thick of it with her. Don’t just put it solely on Jennifer. It’s a Bennifer show that both parties have embraced.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Ho? Did you get lost? This is not trashy TMZ

    • Genessee says:

      No. I absolutely love Bennifer 2.0 (and I’m not a fan of either JLo OR Ben). It’s been a really crappy few months. I NEED this in my life right now.

      I want WALL TO WALL 24/7 coverage, but since that’s impossible, I’ll take this.

    • Mcali says:

      You need a nap.

  16. MJ says:

    Emme is so much cooler than they are!

  17. Mel says:

    Can’t they do their pap walks without involving the kids? SMH….

  18. ME says:

    I like how Emme is free to have her own style and be her own person. Doesn’t seem like Hollywood and a famous fashionista mom has influenced her at all…and that’s actually a good thing (because Kids need a chance to grow into their own).