Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck went to the Malibu Chili Cook-off, J.Lo wore white

Despite the energy towards making Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez sound like they come from totally different worlds, the truth is that they have pretty similar working class backgrounds. They both became famous well into their 20s, they both know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck, they know what it’s like to hustle and grind. I think that’s what J.Lo has always liked about Ben too – their backgrounds aren’t that different, and if they met away from Hollywood, they probably still would have ended up together. I also think Jennifer likes it that Ben takes her to places like baseball games and Dunkin Donuts. It makes her feel normal. And so Bennifer did something “normal” over the Labor Day weekend: they went to the Malibu Chili Cook-off.

Jen wore a breezy white dress, which any chili aficionado will tell you is one of the biggest chili-consuming mistakes out there. I like several things about J.Lo’s look though. One, she just got married this summer so of course she’s going to wear bridal white for as long as possible! Two, I love how perfectly coordinated everything is with J.Lo – the surprisingly comfortable-looking red Adidas slides look perfect with the can of Coke she’s holding. That Dior tote is one of her favorites too, she used that in Paris during her birthday trip. Ben also looks especially trim and well-put-together. I hope Jen isn’t trying to keep him off Dunkin Donuts!

I see Emme in some of the photos and I would guess that a few of the other kids were there too. I wonder who’s idea this was? Ben’s idea or one of the kids?

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. ME says:

    I love that she drinks Coke classic. I f*cking hate diet drinks. Also, I know those shoes don’t match her dress but I really like them.

    • Kebbie says:

      Same here. I *love* having a real coke every once in awhile. A lot of people actually prefer Diet Coke, but I think it is disgusting and undrinkable.

      • Christine says:

        Can’t stand diet drinks, but I’m liking the Zero versions. I actually like Coke Zero better because it’s slightly less sweet than classic Coke without the aftertaste of a diet soda.

    • Liz Version 700k says:

      ME 100%. Classic coke is the best! I loathe diet drinks and they upset my stomach. I am not coordinated enough to match my shoes to my Coke though, that is real talent.

  2. Sophie says:

    I strongly suspect that can of Coke was product placement.

    Why is she wearing those shoes? Such a strange choice.

    • Kebbie says:

      Product placement at a chili cook-off? Maybe if there’s a larger deal that hasn’t been announced yet. She wore a Coca Cola T-shirt in April. That’s a long time to be working with them without an official announcement though. I think she just likes Coke.

    • Sue E Generis says:

      Yup. Look at how she’s holding it. I also don’t think she drinks soda.

    • Eurydice says:

      I’d be slipping out of those slides within the first 5 minutes. They’re very uncomfortable for me.

  3. Normades says:

    That’s a lovely dress but sheer white to a chili cook off???!!! OMG I’d have chili stains all over me!

    • SquiddusMaximus says:

      Thank you, dear. That’s all I could think — clearly JLO is NOT just like me. A different, magical, mythical creature that does not end up with chili on her chest, face, and ears…

    • Christine says:

      Seriously! Although if they were just doing competition tastings, it’s usually a tiny shot glass worth of chili for the public.

  4. Pinkosaurus says:

    No high heels and her dress is loose and billowy so that’s very appropriate for a food-based event. As Ben is also in light colors, I assume there’s an assistant just off camera with a battery of stain sticks, wipes and sprays.

  5. NMB says:

    Wow, does he look good. I really hope these two make it.

    • Noki says:

      He is starting to get a little more GQ right? I think he is also like Brad Pitt,he tends to style himself based on who he is with. He had his dad jeans and blazers with Jen G, he was a sloppy mess with Lindsay and i think he was going for frat boy with Ana. The last time Jlo gave him a makeover it was too much,i think she is being more careful this time.

      • Ramona says:

        I agree with you: He has no sense of style and he dresses like his women dresses.. He looks really good with this makeover. I like it and it feels like he likes it too: he was feeling himself in Italy trying hats.

    • molly says:

      Definitely better than Ben looked in Europe and the Georgia weekend. Hopefully he got some rest and carbs at home, because my money was on them falling apart before the end of the year at the rate he was going.

  6. Justwastingtime says:

    A bunch of my 13 yo daughter’s friends went this weekend, it’s definitely not an elite event lol but it’s supposed to be a lot of fun. My daughter declined to go which is probably a good thing as I heard it got very crowded and crazy. I saw JoLo and Ben at a local swap meet / thrifting event earlier in the summer so they do seem to do things that are low key and kid friendly.

  7. girl_ninja says:

    Ben will never give up Dunkin. It is in his DNA. Ben actually looks sexy as hell here.

  8. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    They must have been the chaperones for the Muniz Twins (Kaiser always misses Max!) because they were def not eating in those outfits. Mr and Mrs Affleck look great.

  9. SarahCS says:

    I’ve only just noticed that the bag is personalised. Love it.

  10. lucy2 says:

    They both look good. I’m shocked she drinks soda. I’m not shocked she wore white, but to a chili cookoff is asking for trouble.

  11. Nicole says:

    This is one of the first times I can say, “yah that looks comfortable” with anything that she has worn beyond her exercise gear. Hallelujah for wearing something nice and breezy in the middle of a heatwave. It’s been crazy hot, and even though it’s Malibu, I’m sure it was quite warm.

  12. Lurker25 says:

    Ha- “he takes her to dunking donuts… Makes her feel normal”

    That’s the plot of her movie Marry Me! The dude is a math teacher and they go to mathletes and deal with a farty old dog and she flies coach to see him…

    Gonna go Google production dates. If she was with that baseball player who allegedly has a painting of himself as a centaur during filming, all the more reason she might have been receptive to “normal guy” (haha) baffleck. She played a superstar with giant socials who was married four times who believed in love…. Remind you of someone?

  13. Elo says:

    The shoes are Gucci x Adidas. Very expensive. Odd choice with the dress, but they are cute.

  14. DiegoInSF says:

    Damn, Ben looking delicious, they both look so content and at peace. They’re IT for each other.

  15. diamond rottweiler says:

    Sorry to be the reply-guy, but it’s hard to say Ben Affleck is from a working class background. His mom has a degree from Harvard and was a teacher, his father was an aspiring playwright (until addiction issues waylaid him) and he went to the college prep focused Cambridge Rindge and Latin for high school. I think it’s more accurate to say he’s from that odd nether space of “genteel poverty” that teacher’s and artist’s kids often come from. Lot of education, but less money than those with similar education (I come from the same sub class, hence me caring about this distinction too much. Lol). In interviews, he definitely seems like a faculty kid.

    • Ramona says:

      Ben is the one describing himself as part of the working class « Affleck described his upbringing as “working class” — his mother was an elementary school teacher, his father was, among other things, a mechanic, a bookie, a construction worker, a bartender, and a drunk, who left the family when Affleck was a boy, leaving his mother to raise him and his brother Casey on a single income. 
      He hated being called “fratty” because it pointed to a class level that he also never achieved. “The idea that I’m this frat guy is odd, because I only went to college for one semester,” he told Talk. “I was never in fraternity. It speaks to a kind of upper-class upbringing that I didn’t have.” »
      And Gwyneth wanted him to distance himself from that class

    • Sophie says:

      @ diamond rottweiler Are you talking about education or class? Ben’s mom was a teacher like Jlo’s mom, and Jlo’s dad was a computer specialist for a major insurance company whereas Ben’s dad was an ´aspiring playwright ´.Is Ben more educated than Jlo? Probably but they are from the same class,just my pov.Or are you a better teacher because you had a degree from Harvard? Or being from Cambridge makes you from another class than being from the Bronx although having the same type of jobs? I agree with Kaiser, they are from the same background.

      • Diamond Rottweiler says:

        I hear you. And I really didn’t mean for it to be a value judgment about his background vs hers. What caught my attention—having lived in Cambridge for 10 years, (at the other end of the block from his high school oddly enough) is the unlike any other place-ness that Cambridge is, and that having that essential family Harvard connection (which always and forever flings open doors, no matter what your day job) is not usually how I’d define working class. But it *is* quintessentially Cambridgey to claim this for yourself as Ben apparently does. But hey, we all have our mythologies to motivate us. I wish them well!

  16. Julia K says:

    She wore white with the confidence of one who is not going to eat.

  17. wordnerd says:

    Is it just me, or does J.Lo wear a lot more flats with Ben? I don’t know enough about her shoe collection, however I’ve noticed lately it seems like she’s wearing much more casual footwear, which is kind of cute! I think she’s really happy and comfortable with him.

    • Ramona says:

      She is much more comfortable with Ben. Jlo said that Ben said to her that he likes her without makeup, hair extensions just her in her own skin.She wears much less makeup in their downtime. She is still Jlo but I think she is more natural with him than when she was with Alex.

  18. SAS says:

    Bennifer 3.0 look fine.

    I am freaking obsessed with Emme’s style!!!