Bennifer 2021 versus Bennifer 2002 – one showbiz journalist’s encounter with Ben Affleck and J-Lo the primary time they had been an merchandise

Bennifer 2021 versus Bennifer 2002 - one showbiz journalist's encounter

This week there is just one story dominating the land of A-list love – the doable rematch of 1 Ms Jennifer Lopez, (just lately cut up from her fiance, Alex A-Rod Rodriguez) and one Mr Ben Affleck, (he of public battles with alcoholism, failed marriage with Jennifer Garner and a latest brush with Web courting that landed him being uncovered in a slightly squirmsome video on TikTok by a a lot youthful girl whom he had tried to woo on celeb courting app Raya).

The previous fiancees, who cut up 17 years in the past, despatched the web into meltdown following photos of the pair having spent per week collectively in Montana (the place Ben has a house) and returning to Los Angeles by way of non-public jet.

Again within the early Noughties, ‘Bennifer’ (one of many authentic superstar hybrid monikers that spawned, ‘Brangelina’, ‘TomKat’ and ‘Kimye’) had been one of the talked about on the planet, with a whirlwind engagement (full with WHOPPING £1.2million pink diamond engagement ring), gushing shows of affection, adopted by an abrupt postponement of their nuptials in 2003, simply days earlier than it was on account of happen. Leisure author, Nadia Cohen, met the couple again in 2002 and interviewed Jennifer. Right here she appears to be like again on Bennifer 2002 versus Bennifer 2021 – and recollects an astonishing incident involving that engagement ring….

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For a begin there may be an terrible lot of hanging round within the chilly. Which is why, on a freezing December night in 2002 I discovered myself shivering on a pink carpet in New York hoping for a glimpse of Hollywood’s latest energy couple – Bennifer.

And now it appears the gods of showbiz love have seen match to reunite Ben, 48, and Jennifer, 51, who had been noticed collectively over the weekend after per week’s break in Montana, I can’t assist however recall how loved-up they had been means again when all of it started – and surprise if they will make it final this time spherical?

For this startling reunion has led us all to suspect they’ve secretly adored one another all alongside.

And let’s be trustworthy right here folks, clearly neither of them can stand to be alone for lengthy (they’ve barely been single since splitting in 2004)
In the meantime Hollywood insiders are busy speculating that they’re each ‘in love with love’, ‘hooked on ardour’ and have a ‘fixed want for adoration’.

However again in 2002, the couple had simply introduced their whirlwind engagement and had been due on the premiere of J-Lo’s newest film Maid In Manhattan.

A listers hardly ever grant us greater than a wave and a bland comment about loving their craft, however J-Lo appeared in a surprisingly giddy temper that night time.
Gliding in the direction of the press pen in a pale pink ruffled robe, she was grinning just like the smiley face emoji.

However Ben, clearly in no temper for small speak simply weeks after popping the query, pecked his fiancé on the cheek and made his means contained in the Ziegfeld Theatre, leaving her to area the flashbulbs alone.
As a reporter for US superstar journal InTouch Weekly, the strain was on me to get a chat with J-Lo.

And so, when the singer was close to sufficient, I shrieked on the prime of my lungs: “Congratulations! Can I see the ring?”

To my absolute astonishment she stopped, held out her left hand and virtually blinded me with the glint of that spectacular Harry Winston 6.10 carat radiant reduce pink diamond ring, which set Ben again £1.2 million.
“Wow,” I gasped like a starstruck loon. “Is it heavy?”

As an alternative of rolling her eyes at my frankly moronic query, she giggled: “Wanna attempt it on?”

One thing about Popes being Catholic crossed my thoughts as she handed it over. I’ve by no means held something so worthwhile or so stunning.

It was large – roughly the scale of a cube – with two trapezoid white diamond facet stones mounted in platinum and 18 carat pink gold. I rapidly slipped it on my finger however earlier than I had an opportunity to daydream about at some point marrying a film star (or making a run for it) the spectacular sparkler was politely however firmly snatched again to its rightful proprietor.

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Alas, the high-profile pair by no means made it down the aisle, and referred to as time on their doomed romance simply 4 days earlier than their wedding ceremony in January 2004. On the time rumours swirled that the cut up was all the way down to Ben’s womanising, consuming and playing points.

One factor we learn about J-Lo is that she is just not a lady to eat ice cream in her pyjamas whereas she nurses a damaged coronary heart.

Quite the opposite, she bounces from relationship to relationship with head-spinning velocity.

She and Ben attached simply months after finalising her divorce from Cris Judd; she was beforehand married to Ojani Noa, and had dated Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ now ‘P Diddy’ Combs.

Simply 5 months after leaving Ben she was scorching footing it up the aisle as soon as once more, marrying her long-term pal, actor and singer, Marc Anthony. That they had twins Max and Esme in 2008, however she rapidly changed Marc with dancer Casper Sensible in 2011.

In the meantime Ben went on to marry Jennifer Garner in 2005 and so they have three kids collectively.

Mr and Mrs Affleck referred to as it quits after Ben admitted a battle with booze, and cheated with their nanny Christine Ouzounian, adopted by flings with producer Lindsay Shookas, Playboy mannequin Shauna Sexton, and most just lately Ana de Armas.

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And naturally, this week’s shock reunion comes simply weeks since J-Lo referred to as off her engagement to Alex Rodriguez, 45, across the identical time Ben was uncovered on Tik Tok for being on superstar courting app Raya by a lady he’d tried to woo.

In April nonetheless, Ben gushed about J-Lo in a profile on her for In Fashion journal: “Why do you look the identical as you probably did in 2003 and it type of appears to be like like I’m in my 40’s…at greatest?

“She’s the actual factor. I’ve a number of respect for her.”

In 2016 Jennifer mirrored on their misplaced love too, saying: “I believe completely different time completely different factor, who is aware of what might’ve occurred, however there was a real love there.”

And in her 2014 e-book True Love, she admitted she is all the time trying to find her good match: “Every relationship had a passionate depth that I mistook, each time, for fortunately ever after.
“I believed my childhood fairy story was coming to life.

“I nonetheless wished desperately to seek out ‘the one’ I used to be all the time disenchanted after they ended.

“I all the time tried to be the right girlfriend, the right spouse, so why weren’t issues figuring out?”

Maybe this time it would all be completely different for our star-crossed lovers. Jen continues to be in search of the one and Ben is sober now, because of a number of stints in rehab, so maybe finally that is the time for his or her fortunately ever after.

In spite of everything, stranger issues have occurred in Hollywood. So which nice love can we hope to see reunited subsequent?

Please we pray to the gods of showbiz love, let it’s Brad and Jen! (Each nonetheless presently single, simply sayin’).

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