It might have felt like it was just yesterday but believe it or not, it’s been well over 17 years since ‘Bennifer’ was a thing. And no, we are not talking about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, but the original Bennifer couple – Ben and Jennifer Lopez.
The Hollywood actor recently opened up about his ill-fated engagement to the Hollywood actress. Here’ what you need to know.
During The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Ben opened up about how ruthless the media was towards him and Jennifer while they were dating. The couple got together in 2002 but split up by 2004.
Ben Affleck Opens Up About His Ill-Fated Engagement To Jennifer Lopez
“There’s always a story of the month, and me dating Jennifer Lopez happened to be that tabloid story at the time when that business grew exponentially … they needed something to write about and we were that thing,” Affleck recalled.
“Still, to this day, [some] will go, ‘I see you out there in the paparazzi and the pictures!’ It’s like, ‘Yes, I left my house and took out the trash. It’s not like I’m trying to—’ And it’s still like, ‘You were taking a pap walk!’ As if, if you leave your house, you’re only doing so in the hope that you could be so lucky that you could end up as the sixth item in The Daily Mail. It’s absurd.”
“People were so f**king mean about her — sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s**t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said,” he continued.
“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished — as well she f**king should be! I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today.”
Thankfully, Ben says that he’s in a much better place in his life right now, both personally and professionally.
“I have had so many more life experiences and so much more to bring to a performance,” he added. “Now I feel like a much, much better actor than I’ve ever been. And I love it.”
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