Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck: A Timeline of Their Relationship

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, known by many as #Bennifer, dominated the early 2000s as the ultimate celebrity couple.

Over 17 years later, the A-list duo sparked a social media frenzy after pictures obtained by the Daily Mail appeared to show the pair jetting off for a private getaway.

Newsweek has contacted representatives of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck for comment.

While the couple's relationship status is currently under wraps, let's take a look back at their relationship to date.


Lopez and Affleck first met during the filming of their 2002 rom-com Gigli, which struggled at the box office.

The Hustlers actress filed for a divorce from then-husband of two years Cris Judd. Lopez and Affleck went public with their romance shortly after.

Lopez made waves when she released hit single "Jenny From The Block" featuring a guest appearance from her Batman beau. The music video gave a nod to the tabloid hysteria the couple experienced with paparazzi following them everywhere they went.

In November 2002, following a whirlwind year for the Hollywood couple, Lopez announced her engagement to Affleck.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in 2003
Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck during Daredevil Premiere - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, CA, United States. The couple were previously engaged in 2003. Chris Weeks/FilmMagic


Lopez and Affleck filmed Jersey Girl together in 2003 but much like Gigli, the film failed to perform at the box office.

The pair were expected to tie the knot in September but postponed the ceremony just days before their upcoming nuptials.

In a joint statement released at the time, Lopez and Affleck shared their concerns over the "excessive media attention surrounding our wedding." They also revealed they had considered hiring "three separate decoy brides."

"We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised," the statement said. "We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends."


In January 2004, the couple announced they had officially split and Lopez's representative at the time asked for privacy at a "difficult time."

Just months after her split from Affleck, Lopez tied the knot with singer Marc Anthony in an intimate ceremony.

Affleck also moved on later that year, making his first public appearance with new girlfriend Jennifer Garner in October. The duo married a year later.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in 2003
Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck during Daredevil Premiere - Black and White Photography by Chris Weeks at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. The couple began dating in 2002. Chris Weeks/WireImage

2005 - 2020

The actors both went on to lead separate lives, with Lopez welcoming two children, Maximilian and Emme, with husband of 10 years Anthony. They divorced in 2014.

Affleck and wife Garner welcomed three children, Seraphina, Violet and Samuel. After 13 years together, the actors called time on their relationship in 2018.


Lopez almost wed boyfriend of four years Alex Rodriguez but the couple decided to part ways in March.

In April, Affleck was among a reel of celebrities asked to talk about Lopez for an InStyle profile.

He said: "I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts."

Affleck went on to hail her as the "hardest-working person I've come across in this business."

Later the same month, People reported that Lopez and Affleck had been spending time together.

In May, photographs of the couple obtained by the Daily Mail emerged to show them heading off on a getaway together. The couple are yet to confirm the status of their relationship.