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All the Wild Moments You Forgot About in J.Lo and Ben Affleck's Relationship

Hey there, fun update: We’ve traveled back in time to 2002, a questionable time when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were dating and starring in critically-never-acclaimed-not-even-once film Gigli together. And now it looks like Bennifer has staged a zombie-like return from the ashes of their relationship—by which I mean they just vacationed in Montana together.

Like, TMZ spoke to a “source in Montana” (lol) who said “they seemed very much like a couple” and E! News is out here saying their chemistry is “unreal.” To quote their source, who may or may not also be in Montana:

Obviously no one is okay, not even close, but in order to fully understand how meaningful this reunion is, we have to go back. Back to the beginning.

December 2001

Jennifer and Ben fall for each other on set of Gigli, which would go on to absolutely bomb at the box office. It was truly the best of times and the worst of times.

Watch at your own risk ^

September 2002

Jennifer and Ben inexplicably decide to film another movie together called Jersey Girl. Okay!!!!!

November 2002

Ben proposes to Jennifer with a ring that has been haunting me for over a decade: a 6.1-carat pink solitaire. At the time, J.Lo tells Diane Sawyer that the proposal was “traditional, but also in a very spectacular way, as of course Ben would do it … it was very, very beautiful.”

That same month, Ben stars in J.Lo’s iconic Jenny from the Block video:

July 2003

The couple arrive at the premiere for Gigli. The vibes? Slightly awkward.

September 2003

Just days before their wedding, Bennifer calls it off in a joint statement—citing the media frenzy surrounding them as the reason.

January 2004

The couple confirm their split with a simple statement from J.Lo’s rep that read, “I am confirming the report that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy.”

January 2015

J.Lo tells HuffPost Live she has “no regrets” about Ben, saying “I would do it all over again, I think. I really would. Even the relationship part. I just feel like everything is part of your story and your journey and is meant to be and helps you grow if you’re willing to look at it, and I’m willing to look.”

However she also says, “[Gigli] was a very badly reviewed film. I was in a high-profile relationship at the time that fell apart in a really bad way, and so the kind of mix of those two things and the tabloid press had just come into existence at the time, so I was like a poster child for that moment. I was in the tabloids every other week about how my life was falling apart. It was a tough time.”

February 2020

Ben tells the New York Times that J.Lo should have been nominated for Hustlers, saying “She should have been nominated. She’s the real thing. I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her. How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50? That’s fucking baller.”

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