Their romance started nearly two decades ago.Before there was Marc Anthony and Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Garner and Ana de Armas, there was Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Jennifer was the It couple of the early aughts. Though the two ultimately went their separate ways in 2004, a recent vacation to Montana might indicate the resurrection of one of Hollywood’s favorite romances. Ahead, we take a stroll down memory lane and track Ben and Jen’s relationship history, from how they met to the stunning pink diamond that Affleck proposed with and beyond.The then rising Hollywood actors first met on the set of Gigli, a rom-com that released in 2003.
The movie ultimately flopped, but sparks flew between the leading costars.At the time, J.Lo was still married to her second husband, dancer Cris Judd; she and Affleck went public with their relationship soon after her divorce from Judd. (Their divorce was finalized in 2003.) In 2016, the actress reflected on the beginning of their relationship in an interview with People. “We didn’t try to have a public relationship,” she said. “We just happened to be together at the birth of the tabloids, and it was like ‘Oh my God.’ It was just a lot of pressure.” She also revealed her first impression of Affleck. “I felt like … ‘Okay, this is it,'” she said. “[But] sometimes I feel like what you think people are and how you see them when you love them is different than when they reveal later.
“The now iconic music video features a steamy moment from Bennifer. With J.Lo in a hot-pink bikini and Affleck in a white tank, the lovebirds sunbathe on a boat while the Good Will Hunting actor lovingly displays some PDA with J.Lo’s bottom. The video also had a tongue-in-cheek reference to the tabloids’ obsession with their relationship, including surveillance camera footage and pap photos of the two.In 2010, J.Lo spoke of the pressures that the media put on their relationship during a guest appearance on The Graham Norton Show. “I love Ben, he’s a great guy, but it was a lot for both of us to be under that type of siege for two years straight,” she said. “We were on the cover of every magazine, every week, it was just a weird thing. … Our relationship, I think, did suffer because of that.
That’s not the only reason … but I think it definitely played a part in the dynamic of our relationship.”J.Lo confirmed the happy news in an interview with Diane Sawyer. “It’s the most magnificent thing I’ve ever seen,” she said of the 6.1-carat pink diamond from Harry Winston that Affleck gave her. The rock reportedly cost Affleck $2.5 million.J.Lo played the dead wife of Affleck’s character in Jersey Girl, a dramedy that was slated for a 2003 release, but got pushed to the following year. Also starring Liv Tyler, the film ultimately underperformed at the box office, grossing only $36 million.