Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez: A timeline


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As Lopez and Ben Affleck are appearing out and about together more often recently and heating up the headlines, let’s take a look back the duo’s history.

Lopez and Affleck met on the set of the rom-com “Gigli,” where they played criminals stuck on a job together and the pair strike up real-life friendship.

Speculation that Ben and Jen may be more than just friends began after he took out a full page ad in trade publications to both promote their film and praise her performance.

“It has been nothing but an honor and a pleasure to work with you,” the ad read. “I only wish I were lucky enough to be in all your movies.” Signed: “With love, respect, and gratitude, Ben Affleck.”

July 2002

Lopez and Chris Judd file for divorce during the summer of 2002, but have reportedly been split for a bit by then.
“Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd have announced they have resolved all issues arising out of their marriage,” the couple’s lawyers say a statement at the time. “The resolution was extremely amicable . . . The two will remain friends.”

August 2002

Paparazzi photos began circulating of Lopez and Affleck smooching.

November 2002

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck on set for a music video for "Jenny From the Block" in 2002.

The couple get engaged after Affleck pops the question with a magnificent, custom 6.1-carat pink diamond ring from Harry Winston.

He also appears as Lopez’s love interest in the music video for her single “Jenny From the Block,” the storyline of which takes on the paparazzi treatment of their relationship.

In the video, Affleck — literally — kisses her famous booty in a scene of the couple on a yacht.

March 2003

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez at the Academy Awards in 2003.

Lopez and Affleck make a stunning pair on the red carpet at the 75th Annual Academy Awards.

July 2003

The couple attend the premiere of their “Gigli” film, which eventually bombs at the box office.

September 2003

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck at the premiere of "Gigli" in 2003.

Days before the pair are set to wed, they postpone their nuptials and release the following statement:

“Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date. When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realized that something was awry. We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends.”

Sources told CNN at the time that the couple was “taking a break.”

January 2004

The duo officially called off their engagement and split.

March 2004

Another film in which the two costarred together, “Jersey Girl,” is released and underwhelms at the box office.

June 2004

Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony leave the Jennifer Lopez Fall 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park February 11, 2005 in New York City.

Lopez married friend, singer Marc Anthony, with whom she shares twins — a son and a daughter.

In her 2014 book, “True Love,” Lopez reportedly wrote that the end of her relationship with Affleck was her first “real heartbreak” and “Marc came back into my life three days after I should have been at the altar saying ‘I do’ to another man.”

June 2005

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in 2014.

A year later, Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner in a…

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