This is a Hollywood romance in the making for the last 20 years. From their first date to their breakup in 2004 to their recent romance, here is everything you need to know about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s relationship.
Despite the fact that the couple first met in 2002, their turbulent relationship has been closely watched for 20 years, from when they first met to when it was reignited in 2021.
Initially dating for two years and causing a tabloid flurry with their relationship, the couple broke up in 2004. Lopez and Affleck both moved on to new relationships and married and had children after their breakup.
The full history of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s relationship can be found here:
December 2001: Sparks fly between Lopez and Affleck on the set of their very bad movie Gigli.
November 2002: Affleck pops the question with a custom-made pink diamond solitaire engagement ring. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Lopez gushes that the Good Will Hunting actor is “brilliantly smart, loving, charming, and affectionate.” She adds, “I just admire him in every way.”
September 2003: Just days before they’re set to tie the knot in Santa Barbara, California, they release a statement saying they’re postponing the wedding.
January 2004: Less than three months later, the wedding is off for good. The couple confirm their split with separate statements.
In the intervening decades…Lopez weds Marc Antony, and the couple has twins before getting divorced. Affleck and Jennifer Garner were married and had three children before divorcing in 2015.
April 2021: Affleck and Lopez stay friendly (at least in recent years). He praises her work ethic to InStyle: “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”
May 10, 2021: Lopez and Affleck take a trip together to Montana and are spotted at a resort near Big Sky.
May 21, 2021: A source tells Us Weekly that they have reunited in person in Los Angeles following their trip to Montana.
May 25, 2021: A source tells Entertainment Tonight the two are in Miami together: “[Jennifer] has been telling her friends nice things about Ben, and they’re having a lot of fun together…. They feel very comfortable with each other, but are also completely smitten, and it still feels like having a new crush after all these years.” Aww!
June 8, 2021: Lopez is allegedly moving back to L.A. for a “fresh start” with Affleck, E! News reports. A source says that she’s “packing up her Miami rental” and leaving the city where she lived with ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez. “She will be between L.A. and the Hamptons this summer, but L.A. will be her base,” the insider says. Her twins, Emme and Max, will join her, and Lopez is reportedly already looking at schools for them to attend in the fall.
June 9, 2021: Speaking of L.A., the pair have reportedly reunited in California following a brief period apart. Affleck has been in Las Vegas filming a movie. On June 9, Affleck was spotted with Jennifer Lopez’s mom, Guadalupe Rodríguez, at a casino. According to a source speaking with People, “Lupe was there to film a fun cameo.”
June 14, 2021: The pair are spotted making out at dinner in a pretty public display of affection—and there’s been no holding back since.
June 25, 2021: The pair share a private date night at Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio, per People. “They enjoyed Mediterranean food in one of the private dining rooms. Jen looked amazing. They were both in a great mood,” a source tells People. “Ben always looks very happy when he is with Jen.”
August 2023: Lopez shares some never-before-seen moments from the larger wedding to commemorate their one-year wedding anniversary (oh, celebs). She also carries a chain with his letters around her neck—not because he owns her, but rather because he truly knows her.