Ben Affleck’s alleged forthcoming divorce from Jennifer Garner could have something to do with his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez. As sources continue to allege that Affleck and his wife of ten years have decided to separate and divorce, rumour has it that Lopez’s recent flirty behaviors towards her ex were signals the actor’s marriage was coming to an end.
In February, it was reported that Lopez and Affleck had spontaneously run into each other at the Academy Awards, where both stars were set to present awards. Insiders at the time revealed that the former couple was affectionate with one another, and that the singer playfully slapped her ex-fiance’s arm during their flirtatious reunion. Affleck did not bring his wife to the award ceremony, and it was said that Lopez did not want to attend the event with her boyfriend, Casper Smart.
Lopez and Affleck have openly admitted to still being in touch with one another, adding that they are very supportive of one another and their business ventures. In an interview with GQ, the 42-year-old explained, “We do have the kind of relationship where there’ll be an email saying, ‘Oh, your movie looks great.’ I remember when she got American Idol, I said, ‘This was really smart. Good luck.’”
It is a little odd to think that Garner would not find something wrong with her husband still talking to his ex-fiancee. Bennifer — the infamous nickname the media gave Affeck and Lopez — dated from 2002 to 2004 before becoming engaged. Unfortunately for Lopez, the Booty songstress would learn that Affleck was not ready to start a committed relationship, leaving her heartbroken when he chose to call their engagement off.
“It felt like my heart had been torn out of my chest,” a devastated Lopez writes in her memoir, True Love. The American Idol judge continued by saying she was blindsided by her ex’s actions, but still had a lot of respect and love for him. She acknowledges the fact that it was better for them to end their romance when it did rather than to be married and then find out Affleck wanted a divorce.
Despite their history, their recent encounters seem to have led people to think that the twosome have rekindled their romance. Speculation about the Gone Girl star’s marriage to Garner being broken often refers to Affleck having famously admitted that their relationship was “hard work.” The couple are said to have tried out marriage counseling, but according to many, it has not worked. Affleck is said to be wanting to find happiness again, and not believing it to be possible with his current wife. Lopez, on the other hand, may be the woman the actor sees himself with.
The two broke up in 2004 when the Oscar winner for Good Will Hunting’s screenplay was just 31 years of age. His career was moving at a very slow pace, having failed to convince movie critics he was a credible actor due to disappointing flicks such as Daredevil and Gigli. The father of three felt he was a constant target, whether it was in his relationship with Lopez or his box office flops, and it seemed the media loved to loathe him. “I think I just ran away. You can only handle so much. I moved for a while to this place in Georgia that I have, was able to get away, by and large, from stuff,” he shared in the same GQ interview.
Considering the fact that Lopez and Affleck are still in contact with one another, there seems like there is still love between the two. A married man should not overtly flirt with his ex-fiancee at a public event, unless he is already prepping for a separation from his wife, who would most likely know about the affair. Garner’s alleged decision to split from her husband does not come as a shock to anybody, as friends close to the two are said to be surprised at how long they have managed to stay together. Affleck may not have been ready for Lopez a decade ago, but he certainly seems to be now.
Opinion by Maurice Cassidy
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Daily Mail: ‘My heart was torn out of my chest.’ Jennifer Lopez tells how Gone Girl star Ben Affleck crushed her soul and destroyed her dreams when he called off their wedding
DM: Bennifer reunited! Ben Affleck ‘whispered in ex Jennifer Lopez’s ear and she slapped his arm during flirty reunion at Oscars’
Hollywood Life: Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Heading For $150 Million Divorce — Report
CDL: Ben Affleck Cheating On Jennifer Garner With Ex Jenifer Lopez – Caught Whispering And Flirting At 2015 Oscars
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