Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Yacht Photos Draw Parallels to 2002 Romance

Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 52nd birthday at the weekend with a series of photos that officially announced her romance with former fiance Ben Affleck is back on.

After months of unofficially dating and sending pop culture fans into meltdowns with snippets of their romance, Bennifer is up and running again.

The rumors were all true—the former couple reignited their relationship earlier this year. They had been spotted on vacation together and the pop star was also seen not so subtly leaving the actor's home.

Endless pieces have been written about the nostalgia evoked by these two reuniting, how many of us have been transported back to 2002 when Ben and Jen were at the height of their fame, cavorting on yachts and offering a voyeuristic glimpse into their lavish lives.

And all of a sudden, it's just happened again. Lopez shared photos from her 52nd birthday celebrations on a yacht in the French Riviera.

The last photo shows her and Affleck kissing, confirming their relationship.

Meanwhile, more photos of the trip have emerged showing the two lounging on the mega yacht.

Affleck famously appeared cosying up to the singer on a yacht in Lopez's 2002 music video for "Jenny From The Block" and now the yacht is back and so is Bennifer.

Lopez and Affleck went on to live separate lives after they split, each getting married and having families of their own.

Yet, 20 years later, they found each other again.

The parallels are quite something—especially where the yacht is involved, after photos emerged of Affleck proudly lying beside Lopez, hand unapologetically on her bottom.

Jlo and Ben Affleck literally said let’s break the internet again pic.twitter.com/ai2A9q4tVl

— Liv Marks (@OliviaLilyMarks) July 25, 2021

2002 >>>>> 2021 #Bennifer pic.twitter.com/k4YZGjmgig

— JLo Gallery (@jlogallery) July 24, 2021

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez celebrating her bday in Monaco

📸July 24, 2021
Via @jlogallery
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JLO pic.twitter.com/qd1lPLc2S4

— bennifer tea (@jloaffleck) July 24, 2021

Before this weekend's pictures emerged, the couple were photographed arm in arm at Leah Remini's birthday party.

Earlier this month, Lopez opened up about how happy she was, but didn't mention Affleck directly.

"I'm super happy," she ​​said in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1. "I know people are always wondering. How are you? What's going on? Are you okay? This is it. I've never been better. And I want my people who care about me because I care about them so much, to know that I've really gotten to a place in my life where I'm great on my own.

"And I think once you get to that place, then amazing things happen to you that you never imagine in your life happening again. And so that is where I'm at. And I love all the love that's coming my way right now and all of the, the good wishes. And I just want everybody to know that it's the best time. It's the best time of my life."

Affleck was previously married to actress Jennifer Garner, with whom he has children.

Lopez shares twins with her ex-husband, Marc Anthony.

The Hustlers actress split from her fiance Alex Rodriguez in April. In a joint statement to Today, the pair said: "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects.

"We wish the best for each other and one another's children," the statement continued. "Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are seen on July 9, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images