Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez never tied the knot or had kids, but their relationship was tabloid fodder for nearly two years, splashed across every magazine and entertainment site you can think of.
Through the failed movies, the postponed wedding, and the absolutely stunning engagement ring, we’ll never forget Bennifer (a term Affleck reportedly hated) and their moment in Hollywood romance history. From how the couple first met to their sad split, find out more about this once great celebrity pair.
How Did Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Meet?
Affleck and Lopez were introduced back in 2002 on the set of Gigli. The movie was widely panned and became a big box-office disappointment, but it was the beginning of Bennifer’s wild relationship. In fact, the pair was spotted kissing just months later at Lopez’s birthday, where Affleck supposedly gave her a stunning diamond bracelet.
Jenny From the Block
After confirming their relationship, Affleck made an appearance in Lopez’s iconic music video for Jenny From the Block. While many people thought Affleck’s decision to be in the video was interesting, it did solidify the pair as a powerhouse A-list couple.
Lopez confirmed her engagement to Affleck the same month the Jenny From the Block video was released by showing off her gorgeous 6.1-carat pink diamond. The ring cost somewhere between $1.2 and $3.5 million! It’s been reported that she wrote the song Dear Ben about her love for him.
Affleck and Lopez had reportedly scheduled their wedding for September 14, 2003, but just four days before the wedding was supposed to happen, it was postponed. At the time, the couple said it was due to “excessive media attention,” but Lopez was spotted not wearing her ring just days later. However, the two were then seen together again that October, so many believed they were still heading for marriage.
Unfortunately, just a few months after the couple was seen together, Lopez was spotted getting close to her ex, P. Diddy, in Miami. Affleck and Lopez officially called it quits in January 2004 after almost two years together.