Remembering Bennifer. Jennifer Lopez opened up about her relationship and brief engagement to Ben Affleck in a new interview with Vanity Fair. Though the pop superstar, 48, appears on the cover of the glossy magazine with her current beau, Alex Rodriguez, she wasn’t shy about dishing on her past romance with the Argo actor. See what she had to say in the video below!
J.Lo and Ben, now 45, met and fell in love on the set of their critically panned 2003 film Gigli. It wasn’t long before they got engaged; however, the headline-grabbing couple eventually called off their wedding in 2004. Ben also shared his thoughts on his ill-fated romance with Jenny From the Block during a June 2016 appearance on Bill Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday.
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According to the Academy Award winner, he feels as though his career took a hit because of all the media attention he and Jennifer received while they were together. “If you went by what people said … I wasn’t cool and I wasn’t talented, and I was, like, the lowest rung of cool and talented that you could possibly be in the public consciousness at that time,” Ben said at the time. “I had broken up with Jennifer Lopez and I had, like, three or four movies in a row that had bombed.”
While Ben — who is now dating Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus — and Jennifer can agree that they weren’t a good match, the Shades of Blue actress seems to think she’s found Mr. Right in A-Rod. During her chat with Vanity Fair, Jennifer said that she is not only physically attracted to the handsome baseball legend, but she admires his perseverance.
“The most impressive thing to me was how he did pick himself [after his 2014 MLB suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs] and take that opportunity to make himself a better person,” she gushed. “The hardest times prove who you are. That’s what I love and admire the most about Alex. He doesn’t let anything beat him. He just comes back stronger.”