This information was good enough that TMZ, People magazine and other entertainment news outlets rushed to break the wedding news on Sunday afternoon for the famous duo, who announced their engagement in April. TMZ and People claim to have copies of the marriage license, and someone close to the couple confirmed the marriage to TMZ. People also reported the wedding confirmation from an “insider,” who said of the ceremony, “It was great, great little. [Jennifer’s] mom and kids were there. They just wanted to get married so they got married.
Further details were not immediately available. Asked about the reports, an Affleck publicist told the Washington Post on Sunday, “I just read the reports like everyone else.”
But the legal union took a long time to come. The couple originally met in the early 2000s on the set of “Gigli,” which to film critics was essentially a movie version of clay pigeons. They soon got engaged. While the film became a box office punchline, “Bennifer” became a cultural phenomenon. People were obsessed – and heartbroken when they called off their marriage in 2003.
Bennifer’s reunion is the ultimate gift for our nostalgia-obsessed culture
The couple rekindled their romance in 2021 as divorced parents, to the continued fascination of the world. Lopez, 52, has been married three times – to Ojani Noa, Cris Judd and Marc Anthony, and has 14-year-old twins; Affleck, 49, was married to actress Jennifer Garner, whom he divorced in 2018. They have three children.
When the pair got back together, The Post’s Emily Yahr wrote of the feelings he sparked in longtime fans: “Looking back, the cultural phenomenon that was ‘Bennifer’ truly felt like a consuming storm. The couple could barely go anywhere without being photographed.The build-up to their ultimately called off wedding in 2003 was described by one outlet as “a week of D-Day media frenzy.”As actress Mindy Kaling – who parodied Affleck in his stage production – recalled in her first book, “Bennifer was so big it was like two people had never been in love before, and they found out.”
So imagine everyone’s delight when Bennifer emerged from the gray after Lopez split from her fiancé Alex Rodriguez. Lopez announced the (re)engagement in her newsletter and described Affleck’s proposal.
“Have you ever imagined that your biggest dream could come true?” she wrote, according to People. “Saturday night, while in my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got down on his knees and proposed. I was caught totally off guard and just stared at him. in my eyes smiling and crying at the same time, trying to process the fact that after 20 years it was happening again, I was literally speechless and he said, ‘is that a yes?’ I said YES of course it’s a YES.
She later told the magazine, “It’s a beautiful outcome that it happened this way at this time in our lives where we can really appreciate and celebrate and respect each other. We always have, but we have even more appreciation because we know that life can take you in different directions.
This round table, it seems that the couple has done. The second time is charm, as Affleck suggested in a Wall Street Journal magazine profile in December.
“I had a second chance in my career. I had a second chance as a human being. Life is tough, and we always fail and hopefully learn from those failures,” Affleck said. “The only thing you really need to take advantage of the opportunities presented by this growth is a second chance. I certainly tried to take advantage of it. I haven’t always been successful, but in the cases where I have been successful they have proven to be the defining aspects of my life.