In the spring of 2021, pop culture fans all over the world celebrated when it was reported that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck had rekindled their romance, some 20 years after they had split up.

Jennifer and Ben were a popular power couple in the early 2000s, dated for two years and even being engaged before calling it quits.

Jennifer noted in an interview with People Magazine, “Before, we kind of put [our relationship] out there.” We were naive, and it was crushed a little. ‘Wow, we’re so thrilled, and we don’t want any of that to happen again,’ we both said. Now that we’re older, smarter, and have more experience, we’re at different stages of our lives, and we have children, we have to be extremely aware of those things. We’re quite guarded because this is such a special time for all of us.”

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VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 10: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend the red carpet of the movie “The Last Duel” during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 10, 2021 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

“It’s amazing the way it feels,” she continued, “quite different than it was years before.” There’s a greater sense of gratitude and celebration for it, which is lovely. ‘Oh wow, we’re not used to this, and it’s so lovely,’ they said. But we’re at a different place in our life, both in terms of who we were and what we’ve accomplished since then.”

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“I just feel very lucky to be in a wonderful and loving relationship, and I want to do everything I can to safeguard and keep it secure,” she continued. “It truly merits it, and we hold it in high regard.”

Jennifer Lopez had nothing but praise for Ben Affleck: “I’m so proud of him, I’m so proud of the man he’s become that I’ve seen from afar,” she began. “Just being honest with one other and loving each other is the foundation of everything.” I think he’s at a point in his life where, similar to how I feel about myself, it’s been a journey of discovering yourself and figuring out who you are so you can be in a happy, healthy relationship.”

How The Duo Met?

The two met on the set of the film Gigli, which was released in 2003 but was shot two years prior. The film was a box office flop and earned mostly poor reviews.

Despite Gigli’s lack of critical praise, Ben remembers it fondly, owing to the fact that it was through it that he met Jennifer.

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“If the reaction to Gigli hadn’t happened, I probably wouldn’t have eventually realized, ‘I don’t really have any other route but to direct movies,’ which has turned out to be the genuine joy of my professional life,” Ben said in a recent interview with Matt Damon for Entertainment Weekly. So it’s a gift in some respects.”

“And I did get to meet Jennifer, whose friendship has been incredibly meaningful to me in my life,” he continued.

Fortunately, he and Jennifer appear to be making the most of their second chance at romance.

“I just want my future to be full of love and happiness, with my children and my boyfriend,” she said candidly to People magazine. I believe that what people want is to be happy, to have someone with whom they can share their lives and grow old with, and I am content with that right now.”

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