a timeline of their relationship

(CNN) — Should we really be surprised by Bennifer 2.0 given that Jennifer Lopez’s 2002 album “This Is Me…Then” featured a heartfelt single titled “Dear Ben?”

Lopez and Ben Affleck They officially got married on Saturday. during an “intimate ceremony in Las Vegas”.

Let’s take a look back at the couple’s love story.

December 2001

Lopez and Affleck met on the set of the romantic comedy “Gigli,” where they played criminals stuck on a job together, and the pair struck up a real-life friendship.

April 2002

Speculation that Ben and Jen could be more than just friends began after he ran a full-page ad in trade publications promoting his film and praising his acting.

“It has been nothing but an honor and a pleasure working with you,” the ad read. “I would love to have the chance to be in all of your movies.” Signed: “With love, respect and gratitude, Ben Affleck.”

July 2002

Lopez and Chris Judd filed for divorce in the summer of 2002, but by then they were reportedly separated for some time.

“Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd have announced that they have resolved all issues related to their marriage,” the couple’s attorneys said in a statement at the time. “The resolution was extremely amicable…The two will remain friends.”

August 2002

Paparazzi photos of Lopez and Affleck kissing began circulating.

November 2002

The couple got engaged after Affleck popped the question with a stunning personalized 6.1-carat pink diamond ring from Harry Winston.

He also appears as Lopez’s love interest in the music video for her single “Jenny From the Block”, the story of which picks up on the paparazzi treatment of their relationship.

In the video, Affleck literally kisses his famous ass in a scene of the couple on a yacht.

March 2003

Lopez and Affleck make an impressive couple on the red carpet at the 75th Annual Academy Awards.

July 2003

The couple attends the premiere of their movie “Gigli”, which ultimately explodes at the box office.

September 2003

A few days before the couple were to marry, they postponed their nuptials and released the following statement:

“Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we decided to reschedule the date. When we found ourselves seriously considering hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ in three different locations, we realized that something was wrong. We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives might be compromised. We feel that what should have been a joyful and holy day might be ruined for us. , our families and our friends.

Sources told CNN at the time that the couple were “taking a break.”

January 2004

The couple officially called off their engagement and went their separate ways.

March 2004

Another film in which the two starred together, “Jersey Girl”, opens and disappoints at the box office.

June 2004

Lopez married her friend, singer Marc Anthony, with whom she shares twins: a son and a daughter.

In her 2014 book, “True Love,” Lopez reportedly wrote that the end of her relationship with Affleck was her first “real heartbreak” and “Marc came back into my life three days after he should have stood at the altar saying “Yes”, I want “another man”.

June 2005

A year later, Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner in a private ceremony. They then have three children together.

July 2011

Fans are shocked when Lopez and Anthony announce they are going their separate ways. They filed for divorce in April 2012.

July 2015

The shock is even greater when Garner and Affleck announce their separation. His formal divorce petition came two years later.

“They remain friends and continue to raise their three children amicably,” a source close to the couple told CNN at the time. “They had always planned to divorce, but they just needed time. As always, their children are their first priority.”

March 2019

Lopez and former baseball player Alex Rodriguez got engaged, two years after they began dating and 20 years after signing a poster for her self-proclaimed admirer.

February 2020

Affleck spoke about Lopez with CNN while promoting her movie, “The Way Back.”

He said he doesn’t regret doing “Gigli” because “I’ve formed a great friendship with Jennifer Lopez, who I think is a fabulous person and I’m very excited about her continued success.”

“I don’t think she always got the respect she deserved, partly because she was a powerful woman,” he said. “And also because she was Latina and really innovative and nobody wanted to acknowledge that. They just wanted to hate it, so it’s good to see her have that success.”

March 2021

Some confusion when Lopez and Rodriguez reportedly split, only to say days later in a statement that they were still a couple after all.

April 2021

Rodriguez and Lopez have officially announced that their engagement has been called off.

They released the following statement.

“We have realized that we are the best of friends and we hope to remain so. We will continue to work together and support each other in our joint ventures and projects. We wish the best for each other and for each other’s children. By respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who sent kind words and support.”

Shortly after, Affleck was photographed visiting Lopez’s home in Los Angeles.

July 2021

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck formalize their relationship on Instagram.

Lopez released photos of his 52nd birthday on Instagram, including one where he kisses someone who appears to be Affleck. She didn’t tag him in the post.

The singer-actress was also pictured with Affleck in a video montage posted to Instagram by her actress and friend Leah Remini on Friday. The video included photos and clips from Remini’s birthday in June.

September 2021

JLo and Ben Affleck they return to the red carpet

Ben Affleck premiered his movie The Last Duel at the 78th Venice Film Festival, but what people haven’t stopped talking about is “Bennifer”‘s return to the red carpet. The couple even shared romantic gestures for the cameras.

It was the first public appearance of several that delighted the couple’s followers.

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December 2021

Ben Affleck sparked controversy by talking about his addictions and his marriage to actress Jennifer Garner, with whom he has three children.

The ‘The Last Duel’ star opened up to Howard Stern about his marriage to Garner, saying that if they hadn’t split in 2015 “I’d probably still be drinking.”

“That’s part of the reason I started drinking,” Affleck told Stern. “Because I was trapped.”

The couple announced their split a day after their 10th anniversary and it took nearly two years before they filed for divorce.

Some on social media criticized Affleck for, in their view, blaming Garner for his addiction.

Affleck responded to the comments by saying his statements were taken out of context and that he had nothing but respect and affection for his ex-wife.

JLo, for her part, said of the controversy that she feels respect for Ben Affleck. as a parent, partner and person.

The singer, actress and businesswoman told People magazine that she wasn’t bothered by her boyfriend’s comments about being “stuck” in his marriage to Jennifer Garner.

“That story just isn’t true,” Lopez said. “That’s not how I feel.” He added: “I couldn’t have more respect for Ben as a father, with co-parenting and as a person.”

April 2022

The couple get engaged…again.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got engaged for the second time after calling off their previous engagement in 2004.

Lopez shared a video of herself emotional and wearing her green engagement ring in her “On the JLo” newsletter.

Her sister Lynda Lopez shared photos from the video on her Instagram Stories, writing, “So it happened. Love you @jlo @ben affleck.”

July 2022

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck tied the knot in an “intimate ceremony in Las Vegas,” a source told CNN. Lopez confirmed her Las Vegas wedding in her newsletter on Sunday, ending the letter with a new name: Ms. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.

“Last night we flew to Las Vegas, queuing for licensing with four other couples, all making the same trip to the wedding capital of the world,” Jennifer Lopez wrote. “We barely got to the little white wedding chapel at midnight. They graciously stayed open late for a few minutes, allowing us to take pictures in a pink Cadillac convertible, obviously once used by the King himself (but if we wanted Elvis himself to show up, that was an extra cost and he was already in bed)”.

Jennifer Lopez wrote that she wore a dress from an old movie and Affleck wore a jacket from her closet.

“We read our own vows in the little chapel and gave each other the rings that we will wear for the rest of our lives,” she wrote. “At the end of the day, it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined.”

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