Jennifer Lopez announces engagement to Ben Affleck
Jennifer Lopez has announced her engagement to actor Ben Affleck – 19 years after the couple first called off their marriage.
The singer and actor (52) shared the news with his fans via his OnTheJLo newsletter. In the email, she posted a video of herself admiring a large green stone engagement ring on her finger.
The clip then cuts to her face and shows her appearing to wipe away her tears, before saying, “You’re perfect.”
Lopez followed the “major announcement” via her Twitter and Instagram accounts, where she encouraged followers to sign up for her newsletter.
The news comes a year after the couple publicly rekindled the romance after nearly two decades apart.
They started dating in July 2002 and announced their engagement in November of the same year.
The couple were due to wed the following September but postponed the wedding days before the ceremony. In January 2004, they called off the engagement and separated.
“Ben and I broke up just when I thought we were committed to each other forever, it was my first real heartbreak, I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest” , wrote Lopez in Page Six in 2014.
Just three days after her marriage was called off, Lopez began dating American singer Marc Anthony. She married him in June 2004.
She confirmed she was back with Affleck on Instagram after his 52nd birthday, when she shared a photo of herself kissing the actor aboard a private yacht.
“You could never imagine something like this could happen,” Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres of the relationship. “It’s a beautiful thing.”
Affleck was previously married to actress Jennifer Garner, with whom he has three children – Violetm (16), Seraphina (13) and Samuel (10). They divorced in 2018 after 13 years of marriage.
Affleck remains cautious of public comments about his personal life, telling the Wall Street Journal in December, “One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned is that it’s not wise to share everything with the world.
“There are things that are private and intimate and have meaning in their intimacy because they are not shared with the rest of the world.”
Lopez was married to Marc Anthony for 10 years. They divorced in 2014 and have twins Emme and Max (14). Lopez was also married to Ojani Noa from 1997 to 1998 and Cris Judd from 2001 to 2003. – Guardian