Exes Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s relationship started out friendly but are becoming romantic again, multiple sources have told E!. The former couple went on vacation together this past week, traveling to the Yellowstone Club in Montana. “They were alone,” a source said. “Just the two of them.”
A second source close to Lopez said that their feelings for each other are still there. A brief recap of Bennifer’s history: Lopez and Affleck dated from July 2002 to January 2004. They called off their September 2003 wedding, broke up, then got back together before ultimately ending their relationship for good in early 2004. Both are single now after Lopez ended her four-year relationship with Alex Rodriguez in April.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in December 2002.
Affleck and Lopez have talked since their engagement ended: “They have been in touch here and there throughout the years,” E!’s Lopez source said. “Ben reached out to her to see how she was doing [after her Alex Rodriguez breakup] and they had dinner together a few times within this last month. It’s natural between them and the chemistry is unreal. They picked up where they last left off and are enjoying each other’s company right now.”
People also reported that the vacation happened, with a source telling the outlet, “[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It’s all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy.” People didn’t go as far as saying they were officially dating again, but the outlet didn’t outright deny the possibility either.
TMZ also confirmed the trip and was told by a source that saw them in Montana that “they seemed very much like a couple.”
Lopez and Affleck were first seen together at the end of April. Then, multiple sources insisted to E!, People, and TMZ that the two were only friends.
People was told last week that Bennifer had plans to see each other again after their first publicized meetup. “They have a great time hanging out,” a source told the outlet. “It’s been years since they caught up properly. They have lots to talk about.”
The source added that Affleck and Lopez, both single and in Los Angeles, wanted to spend more time together. “They plan on hanging out again,” the source said. Little did the outlet know that when they ran that report last week, Affleck and Lopez were hanging out…on their secret vacation “alone” in Montana.
Affleck recently gushed about Lopez in InStyle’s May 2021 cover story on her. “I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts,” Affleck said of his ex and Gigli co-star. “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.”