Jennifer Lopez opened up about her relationship with Ben Affleck in her latest Vogue cover story coming out in December 2022.
The world-famous singer, actress, and dancer didn’t shy away from her feelings for Affleck and explained why she decided to take Affleck’s last name. She also shed light on how they rekindled their romance after nearly two decades.
The pop star also waded into some deep waters when she commented about Affleck’s ex Jennifer Garner.
“The transition is a process that needs to be handled with so much care,” Lopez said of their blended family. “They have so many feelings. They’re teens. But it’s going really well so far.”
She said Garner is an “an amazing co-parent,” claiming the two are working together well.
Those are some pretty subjective words but so far they haven’t received backlash.
In the interview with Vogue, J Lo discussed her decision to change her last name to Affleck saying, “People are still going to call me Jennifer Lopez. But my legal name will be Mrs. Affleck because we’re joined together. We’re husband and wife. I’m proud of that. I don’t think that’s a problem.”
When asked whether there was any part of her that wanted Affleck to take her last name, she laughed saying, “If you want to know how I feel about [taking his last name], I just feel like it’s romantic. It still carries tradition and romance to me, and maybe I’m just that kind of girl.”
J Lo later confirmed in the interview how she and Affleck rekindled their romance. Apparently, not long after Lopez and Alex Rodriguez broke off their engagement in 2021, she got an email from Affleck. Supposedly, a magazine requested a comment from Ben about J Lo for a story, so he took it upon himself to let her know that he’d provided a positive statement.
Undoubtedly, the comment was meant for Jen’s May 2021 InStyle cover story, where the quote was stated, “She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business. She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”
Apparently, shortly after that, the house visits started.
“Obviously we weren’t trying to go out in public,” she told Vogue. “But I never shied away from the fact that for me, I always felt like there was a real love there, a true love there. People in my life know that he was a very, very special person in my life. When we reconnected, those feelings for me were still very real.”
Lopez, describing when the couple first dated in 2002 said they were, “really very carefree, with no kids, no attachments. And we were just living our lives, being happy and out there. It didn’t feel like we needed to hide from anybody or be real discreet. We were just living out loud.”
However, things began to shift. Lopez explained, “There was a lot underneath the surface there, people not wanting us to be together, people thinking I wasn’t the right person for him…I became very guarded because I realized that [the media] will fillet you. I really wish I could say more. I used to be like that. I am like that. But I’ve also learned.”
As you know, the couple found each other again and married in Las Vegas this past summer before celebrating their wedding in Georgia alongside family and friends a month later.
As for Ben, he exclaimed, “There is something innately, magically kind and good and full of love at the heart of who Jennifer is. That’s exactly the person I remember from 20 years ago. Maybe she sees all the changes she’s made, whereas when I see her, mostly I just see someone who has retained, against the odds, the thing about her that always made her the most incredible to me: a heart that seems boundless with love. She is my idea of the kind of person I want to be.”
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