- Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first started dating in 2002, before splitting up in 2004
- Both went on to marry other people, before rekindling their romance in 2021
- Jennifer Lopez reveals what broke them up in her cover issue with Rolling Stone magazine
Jennifer Lopez isn't afraid to get real about her relationship with her reunited beau, Ben Affleck. During her cover issue for Rolling Stone's "Icons and Influencers", Lopez shares how happy she is.
Jennifer Lopez says Ben Affleck is just the same
Dating Ben Affleck from 2002-2004, Jennifer Lopez knows a thing or two about her previous boyfriend, who she was actually engaged to for over a year before calling it quits.
"I’m trying not to say too much. I’m really happy," she said to the outlet adding, "We’ve both grown. We’re the same, and we’re different. And that’s what’s nice."
She went on to say that she feels they're on a different path than they were before, and with age comes wisdom.
"We feel like what we found again is so much more important," she said. "How we protect that and how we live our lives — what to share, what not to share — is the balance that we have now, the benefit of experience and the wisdom that we gained over the years."
Lopez also opened up about the racism she dealt with when she and Affleck originally got together, noting the South Park episode that called her a "mean spirited b**h", before insulting her Latin heritage. Furthermore, Conan O'Brien called Lopez Affleck's "cleaning lady".
"It was brutal," she said. "It’s one of those things that you bury very deeply so you can move on and get about your business."
She continued, "It’s funny because Ben and I were together, and we were so in love. It was one of the happiest times of my life."
She went on to share that despite that, the constant media frenzy was too much at times, and dampened their spirits.
"There was this other thing happening where we were being criticized, and it really destroyed our relationship from the inside out, because we were just too young to understand at that time what were really the most important things in life," she said in the Rolling Stones interview.
She concluded to the magazine that being a Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx has its challenges, but that she will always stay true to herself.
"You start realizing there are no rules…. There’s only what you feel is right for you. Because that’s the person you’ve got to live with at the end of the day," she said.