Jennifer Lopez Reveals What Led Her to Meeting Her 'True Love' Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez Reveals What Led Her to Meeting Her ‘True Love’ Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez has revealed her now-husband Ben Affleck was the one who took the first step to rekindling their love.

“Obviously we weren’t trying to go out in public. But I’ve never been shy about saying that for me, I always felt like there was real love out there, real love out there,” the singer told Vogue in her post. November cover story, published on Tuesday.

“People in my life know he was a very, very special person in my life. When we reconnected, those feelings for me were still very real.

Lopez, 53, said Affleck, 50, emailed her after his split from Ana De Armas to let her know he had praised her in an interview. From there, they kept talking and they started hanging out.

The “Let’s Get Loud” singer noted that reconnecting with an ex isn’t always a good idea, though.

“I don’t know if I recommend it to everyone,” she told the magazine. “Sometimes you outgrow each other, or you just grow differently.”

Lopez explained that she and Affleck “got lost” and then “found each other” again.

“Not to discredit everything that happened between the two, because all of those things were real too,” she explained. “All we ever wanted was to arrive at a place of peace in our lives where we really felt that type of love that you feel when you’re very young and wonder if you can have it again. Does it exist Is it real All those questions I think everyone is asking.

She continued, “You go through all these relationships, and you seek and you connect and you disconnect from people, and you’re like, ‘God, is that exactly what life is? Like a carousel, roller coaster, carnival ride? And then it works out. But the journey to that is the mystery for everyone.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in 2003.
Affleck and Lopez first got engaged in the early 2000s, but called things off after media attention caused problems in their relationship.
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Lopez, who called off her engagement to Alex Rodriguez amid cheating rumors before reuniting with Affleck, also reflected on how she’s working on herself to recover from failed relationships in the past.

“I have to forgive myself for the things I’ve done that I’m not proud of, the choices I’ve made that worked against me,” she said. “Self-love is really about boundaries. Learn what you’re comfortable with and set boundaries, without fear of consequences.

The ‘Hustlers’ actress added that the best way to make sure things work out is to ‘take care’ of yourself.

“Knowing that by taking care of yourself, you will be fine, people will treat you the way you want to be treated, and your life will be good for you,” she said. “For a long time I was like, ‘Yeah, do whatever you want! I can handle it, I’ll be there, because I’m really strong, and I’ll be fine. Little by little, it’s eroding your self-esteem, your self-esteem, your soul.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck seated courtside in 2003.
The couple, seen here in 2003, started dating again 18 years after their first breakup.
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Lopez married Affleck in July 2022 in Las Vegas and again at her Georgia estate in August. She said mixing their families has been a “process.”

The singer shares 14-year-old twins, Max and Emme, with ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Affleck and his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, share three children: Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 10 years.

Lopez called Affleck an “incredible co-parent” and said they “worked really well together,” but their teenage children are still adjusting.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck showing PDA.
They got engaged for the second time in April.
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“Transition is a process that needs to be handled very carefully,” Lopez said. “They have so many feelings. They are teenagers. But it’s going very well so far. »

She continued, “What I hope to cultivate with our family is that his children have a new ally in me and my children have a new ally in him, someone who truly loves and cares for them. them but who can have a different perspective and help me see things that I can’t see with my kids because I’m so emotionally connected.

Lopez and Affleck got engaged for the second time in April. The couple, nicknamed “Bennifer”, started dating in 2002 and showed their love with plenty of PDA.

In November of that year, Affleck offered a 6.1-carat Harry Winston pink diamond ring that reportedly cost $2.5 million.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez on a red carpet in February.
Bennifer married in Las Vegas and again in Georgia over the summer.
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But the massive media attention surrounding their engagement caused tension for the couple and they postponed their 2003 wedding. In 2004 Lopez and Affleck called it quits and she married Anthony in June of the same year.

Meanwhile, Affleck married Garner in 2005. Affleck and Lopez went on to welcome children with their respective spouses before things ended in divorce.

Lopez then continued with Rodriguez while Affleck briefly dated De Armas. But when things ended for Lopez and the former MLB pro in 2021, Affleck quickly stepped in and the pair have been going strong ever since.

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