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Jennifer Lopez on cancelling 2003 wedding with Ben Affleck: 'It didn't feel like we were going to make it'

By Brooke Villanueva Published Feb 16, 2024 11:21 am

Jennifer Lopez looked back on her decision to call off her 2003 wedding with Ben Affleck, whom she ended up marrying 19 years later.

In a recent interview with radio DJ Zane Lowe, the actress revealed that they didn't split "at that moment" and that their breakup "happened over a series of the next few months."

She said she and Affleck called it quits in January 2004, saying that it "cast doubt" not just on her but on the both of them about their relationship "and where it was going."

"I knew in my heart that I wanted to be with him for the rest of my life. I knew that. But it didn't feel like we were going to make it," she explained, adding that the thought of it "scared" her.

The international star said they were "not mature enough" to figure things out just yet.

"Even though he was in his late 20s, I was in my early 30s, we weren't ready to deal with [it] and look at each other and go, 'What we have is real, we need to buckle down, we need to do some work,'" she explained. "We just weren't there yet."

Lopez and Affleck's romance began after meeting on the set of Gigli in 2002. They got engaged in the same year but cancelled it two years later and started their own families with other partners.

Lopez married singer Marc Anthony, with whom she shares twins, and broke up in 2011 after being married for seven years. She got engaged to businessman Alex Rodriguez in 2019 but they separated in 2021.

Affleck, meanwhile, tied the knot with Jennifer Garner in 2005 and welcomed three children. They split up in 2015.

The pair reunited in 2021—almost two decades after their split—and tied the knot twice: one in an intimate ceremony in Las Vegas and another in a formal affair in Georgia in 2022.