Last weekend, the whole of social media was spaced out after spotting Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck casually hanging out at the singer’s Los Angeles residence. Then, just a week later, social media once again caught sight of the past lovers sneaking away on a private jet en route to a luxury ski resort in Montana, where, according to People, the “Batman” star is believed to own a chalet.
This begs the question: is “Bennifer” rekindling their former flames?
Pop culture fans would recall how Affleck and Lopez was one of the biggest tandems in the early 2000s, though not always for the best reasons. As Slate evokes from memory, the two have had a few media mishaps during the first run of their relationship, with Affleck reportedly professed their gushy and not-so-subtle romance on various tabloids and trade publications at a time when the medium’s power was at its peak. Also, though it was never confirmed, Affleck allegedly gifted Lopez a $100,000 jewel-encrusted toilet seat.
It wouldn’t be much of a surprise anyway, given how Affleck has an affinity with her… rear. This was most evident in their relationship’s most infamous moment: Affleck’s cameo in Lopez’s “Jenny From the Block,” where Affleck kisses her beige thong-clad backside while aboard a yacht.
Even as it ended, their relationship still clung to its cringe-worthy character with their infamous break-up just three days before their much-awaited nuptials in 2004. Ironically, they cited “excessive media attention” for splitting. Affleck would wed actress Jennifer Garner the following year, and would stay happily married until they called it quits in 2018.
Coincidentally, the recent resurgence of “Bennifer” rumors also come in the wake of Lopez ending a previous relationship. Their leisurely rendezvous in Los Angeles came just a couple of weeks after Lopez and retired American baseball player Alex Rodriguez announced the end of their four-year engagement, claiming they were “better off as friends.”
Then again, that’s how Affleck and Lopez describe each other as well. Sources close to the two have told People that “they have always been friends and they have seen each other through the years.” Thus, though it still isn’t confirmed, it also isn’t off the table just yet.
At the end of the day, that’s their deal alone, so no one better take this as a sign to text their exes!