Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck taking time apart
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck recently got tied the knot in a surprise Las Vegas wedding on July 17. Shortly after they jetted off to Paris for their honeymoon. The it couple is currently taking some time apart, with Jennifer staying in Europe and Ben Affleck returning to Los Angeles.
A source for HollywoodLife reported that the couple are okay with the time apart and the need to focus on different projects. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and that goes for A-list celebrities as well.
The reason they are spending time apart are their careers. “The one thing that makes their relationship so unique is that they do know more than anyone else the demands that come with doing what they do,” the source shared. “They actually believe that spending time apart from each other makes them stronger and it is perfect because when they are apart, they are making an extreme amount of money. It is a win-win situation.”
Keeping the spark alive
They might be on different sides of the world, but Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are doing everything to feel close to each other.
“They are always talking, texting, FaceTIming, and even camming when they are apart working. And the time that they spend away from each other makes reuniting again that much better. JLO loves the fact that she knows her husband will be there for her no matter what,” the source said.
Balancing the relationship and the career
In their line of work, it is very important to have conversations about priorities. Another source close to the happy couple revealed that the stars have been having open conversations about the career and relationship balance.
“They completely understand that there are going to be times when they can’t always be together. It’s something they have both acknowledged and discussed in great lengths throughout their relationship so it’s nothing new. Sure, being apart so soon after their wedding isn’t ideal. But they know they have their whole lives ahead of them and are loving every minute of the journey,” explained the insider.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, the newlyweds
JLo confirmed the news of the wedding on her newsletter, On The JLo. She shared that a low-key ceremony in a chapel was exactly what they wanted.
The singer also confirmed that she changed her name to match her husband’s. Her new legal name is Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck. Jennifer also shared a photo of her in bed with the wedding band in view.
“They were right when they said, ‘all you need is love.’ We are so grateful to have that in abundance, a new wonderful family of five amazing children and a life that we have never had more reason to look forward to,” JLo wrote in her post. “Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at twelve thirty in the morning in the tunnel of love drive through, with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with. Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things, and worth waiting for.”
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck go on their first honeymoon
The newlyweds decided to spend their honeymoon in Paris. They brought along their kids: Max and Emme, Lopez’s twins, and Violet and Seraphina, Affleck’s daughters.
During their time in Paris, they were spotted enjoying romantic park walks and intimate dates.
The second wedding
Guests included Matt Damon, a close friend and longtime collaborator of Affleck, and his wife Luciana Barroso; director Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes. Page Six obtained photos of the guests which appeared to be wearing white.
The second honeymoon
A second wedding requires a second honeymoon. Lopez and Affleck set off on a honeymoon in Italy. They visited Milan and Lake Como. An insider shared for People that they were “really soaking up” the sites and “walking around, mingling, walking in and out of shops and of course [giving] lots of loving attention ot each other. Every day, they are more in love.”
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, believers in second chances
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first met in 2001 on the set of “Gigli” a rom-com that did not see much success. After JLo divorced her second husband, dancer Cris Judd, she and Affleck went public with their romance.
Lopez and Affleck got engaged in November 2002. The actor proposed with a magnificent 6.1 carat pink diamond from Harry Winston. The ring reportedly cost $2.5 million.
Unfortunately, they had to postpone the wedding. The media attention surrounding the wedding was too much. The joint statement read:
“Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date. When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate decoy brides at three different locations, we realized that something was awry. We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day ofour lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends.”
Bennifer is over
In January of 2004, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck ended their engagement. Lopez confirmed the break up through her spokesperson:
“I am confirming the report that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy.”
JLo and Ben Affleck go their separate ways
In June JLo married longtime friend Marc Anthony. They welcomed twins, Emme and Max, in 2008. The marriage lasted until 2014.
Ben Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005. The couple had three children over the years: daughters Violet and Seraphina, and son Samuel Affleck. They divorced in 2018.
Bennifer reunited after JLo broke off her engagement with Arod and after Affleck split from Ana de Armas. Nearly two decades after ending their relationship, they gave each other another chance.
Affleck proposed for a second time with an emerald-cut, pale green diamond.