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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck tie the knot in Vegas

By Agence France-Presse Published Jul 18, 2022 9:27 am Updated Jul 18, 2022 11:05 am

Celebrity couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got married in Las Vegas—18 years after their first romance failed, court records showed.

The couple tied the knot Saturday, July 16, according to a marriage license they filed in Clark County, Nevada, that was seen by AFP.

It lists the parties to the nuptials as Affleck, Benjamin Geza and Lopez, Jennifer and gives the latter's "new name" as Affleck, Jennifer.

In her On The J Lo blog titled "WE DID IT!", Lopez wrote about her wedding to Affleck: "We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient. Love is a great thing—maybe the best of things—and worth waiting for."

"When love is real, the only thing that matters in marriage is one another and the promise we make to love, care, understand, be patient, loving and good to one another. We had that. And so much more," she later added.

The pair—he is 49 and she is 52—first met on the set of the widely panned movie Gigli in 2002.

They became a media sensation as they dated but postponed their planned 2003 nuptials, then announced their relationship was over in early 2004.

"Bennifer"—the couple's public nickname from their first highly publicized relationship—set the internet alight last year when photos of them together again began circulating. 

Lopez and Affleck announced their engagement in April.

US media reported that the ring was an emerald-cut pale green diamond.

This is the fourth marriage for Lopez and the second for Affleck.

Lopez discussed her renewed relationship with Affleck in an interview with PEOPLE in February.

"It's a beautiful love story that we got a second chance," she said.

Lopez was previously married to actor Ojani Noa, dancer Cris Judd, and singer Marc Anthony, with whom she shares 14-year-old twins Max and Emme.

Affleck was married to actress Jennifer Garner and they are the parents of Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 10.

The gossip news outlet TMZ said the couple has been "seemingly inseparable" since they got back together, shopping together for a house and sometimes bringing their kids along.

TMZ said that last month, Lopez's car was seen outside a huge mansion in Beverly Hills, with several moving trucks outside it and also at each of their current homes.

Of the wedding, TMZ put it this way: "They did it like a couple of kids looking to elope, saying 'I do' out in the desert." (AFP)