Couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are still going strong despite breaking up 20 years ago.
The pair originally dated for two years between 2002 and 2004 and even got engaged before splitting.
And for the next 17 years, the two went on to live their separate lives — starting families with new loves.
Jennifer married singer Marc Anthony in June 2004 — just five months after her split from Ben — and the two welcomed twins before breaking up in 2011.
She went on to date dancer Casper Smart, and New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
While Ben shares three children with now ex-wife Jennifer Garner, who he was married to between 2005 and 2018. After their breakup, he dated his nanny as well as actor Ana de Armas.
But in 2021, the two found their way back to each to other and were seen together in April before Jennifer confirmed their rekindled love in July.
The two have kept their relationship pretty quiet but in September, they made their red carpet debut at Venice Film Festival in support of Ben’s movie The Last Duel, before attending the Met Gala together just days later.
And in December, Ben admitted he was hesitant to get back with Jennifer, revealing how he was worried about the media overwhelming his children.
In an interview with Howard Stern, Ben was asked: “Was there hesitation on your part, because now you’re a dad? Was there hesitation on your part to say, you know, ‘I can’t go through this again’?”
Ben replied: “It crossed my mind for sure. My responsibility to my children is the highest responsibility, I don’t want to do anything that is painful or destructive to them if I can help it.”
But a few weeks later, it seems the two are stronger than ever. This past Tuesday, Jennifer spoke on her plans for the upcoming years, sharing:
“I’m just thinking about being really mindful about what I want my life to be, and knowing my thoughts create my life, so keeping those really positive.”
“So I can grow and be my best, this year better than ever — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally,” she added. Jennifer went on: “To be the best mother I can be, the best partner I can be, the best friend I can be, the best daughter, sister, boss, person that I can be.”
Well, there you have it!
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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