The second time is the charm! Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are engaged again after rekindling their romance nearly two decades after their initial split.
Lopez, 52, confirmed the happy news via her On the JLo newsletter on Friday, April 8. In a video message sent to her fans, an emotional Lopez showed off her massive green diamond engagement ring, saying, “You look perfect.” She also teased the “major announcement” with a video on Twitter. so have a really exciting and special story to share…” the singer told her followers, adding a diamond ring emoji to her Twitter handle.
The engagement ring is 8.5 carats with a natural green diamond center stone, sourced from Tamara Rahaminov and Nicol Goldfiner of Rahaminov Diamonds with Ilan Portugali of Beverly Hills Diamonds. Rahaminov Diamonds designed the final ring.
Before the duo were officially engaged, an insider exclusively said We Weekly that the couple was already thinking about their dream nuptials. “Ben and Jen both want their wedding to be an elaborate statement of their love affair for their friends and family,” the source said in December 2021. “They really want [everyone] to have a good time. They want it to be intimate, but immaculate.
Earlier this year, the Marry me The actress admitted she never dreamed that she and Affleck, 49, would get back together. “I don’t think anyone was more surprised than us,” she said during a February appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “You never could have imagined something like this could happen. It’s a beautiful thing.
the Hustlers The Oscar-winning star and actress began their relationship in January 2002 after meeting on the set of the film Gigli. The couple got engaged in November of that year, but called off their wedding, scheduled for September 2003, due to “excessive media attention”. Four months later, they officially broke up.
In June 2004, Lopez got married Mark Anthonywith whom she shares twins Max and Emme, 14. The couple split in 2011 and finalized their divorce in 2014. Affleck, for his part, has moved on with Jennifer Garnierwhom he married in 2005. The duo, who separated in 2015, share daughters Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and son Samuel, 10.
The couple, affectionately known as Bennifer, made headlines again in April 2021 when they were spotted together in Los Angeles shortly after Lopez and her fiancé split. Alex Rodriguez. Within a month, a source said We Weekly that they were “dating and very happy together”.
Major announcement!!!! https://t.co/G5oGxtX0z5 pic.twitter.com/HTIqbHMJ2M
— jlo 💍 (@JLo) April 9, 2022
Prior to their reunion, the duo had a friendly relationship. “Where do you keep the fountain of youth?” the Argo director says In the style in April 2021 for a cover story about the “Jenny From the Block” singer. “Why do you look like you did in 2003 and look like I’m in my 40s…at best?”
In the same interview, the Way back The star praised the Bronx native for her tremendous commitment to her career.
“She remains, to this day, the hardest working person I have met in this business,” said the Goodwill hunting says the screenwriter. “She’s very talented, but she’s also worked really hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she finally seems to be getting the credit she deserves.”
the Sufficient The actress has previously opened up about how much she loved the pink diamond ring Affleck gave her for their first engagement.
“I loved getting it, don’t get me wrong,” she said in April 2020, recalling the time. Barbra Streisand asked him about the sparkler.
The “Waiting for Tonight” singer also described Affleck as her “first real heartbreak,” noting that their first split led to her marriage to Anthony, 53.
“It felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest,” she wrote in her 2014 memoir. True love. “People do a lot of things to anesthetize themselves at times like these. Some people do drugs, some drink, and some go out and party. I sought solace in another person, I tried to find someone who could make me feel loved and wanted in my loneliest hours. And that’s when Marc reappeared in my life.
In July 2021, an insider said We that the duo were “both thrilled” with “how” they would fit into each other’s lives after their reunion.
“The last few months have been a whirlwind,” the source added at the time. “They are well aware that some cynics still see it as a big flashy attention and roll their eyes at the speed of it all, but they don’t mind one iota. They are fully committed to taking the next steps and spending the rest of their lives together.