Ben Affleck And Jennifer Lopez Make Dazzling Red Carpet Debut At Venice Film Festival

Sep 11, 2021 by apost team

Ever since the breakup of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's relationship in April 2021, the 52-year-old actress has been one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelorettes. But before there was even a moment to consider who the singer/dancer/actress might begin a relationship with next, the world was stunned to learn of the rumors that she was reuniting with her ex-fiancé, 49-year-old Ben Affleck.

For anybody who remembers the early aughts, "Bennifer," as they were dubbed, were the hottest couple in Hollywood. First meeting in 2001 on the set of their movie "Gigli," the couple began dating in 2002 and were incredibly public with their love. After getting engaged in November of that year, they looked destined for a lifetime together — until all of a sudden they were over by early 2004. The public never truly found out what happened between Bennifer, but it seems their story wasn't finished.

After Lopez's engagement to Rodriguez went south earlier this year, it wasn't long before the multihyphenate was pictured with Affleck, sparking rumors of a reunion. In the following weeks, the pair were spotted together multiple times, including on a trip to Wyoming. As more photos emerged, it became clear that the time for Bennifer 2.0 had arrived.

And if those photos aren’t enough to convince Bennifer skeptics who remember the relationship’s downfall in 2004, new photos from the Venice Film Festival premiere for the film “The Last Duel” on Friday show the couple hand-in-hand for their first red carpet appearance in 18 years, ending weeks of speculation.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez (2021), (Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis/Getty Images)

According to Variety, the couple arrived at the romantic Italian city in style via a speedboat named “Confusion.” Lopez appeared on the scene wearing a dazzling jeweled diamond necklace from Cartier and a white dress, while Affleck looked dapper in a tuxedo.

Affleck attended the premiere, as he co-wrote and has a role in Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel,” an action movie set in the 14th-century that revolves around the true story of the last judicial duel in France. The film, which also stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, is set for widespread theatrical release in October 2021.

But Bennifer 2.0’s arrival may have upstaged the film’s festival premiere.

Recently, Lopez was spotted in Los Angeles touring schools in the city. Having been based in Miami for the last few years — where her two children attend school — Vanity Fair reported in June that Lopez is reportedly moving back to Los Angeles. It signals that she and Affleck may be getting serious already, and considering their past, it makes sense that they'd waste no time in continuing their life together.

"They want to do everything they can to make this work," an inside source told People of Affleck and Lopez’s rekindled relationship.

Additionally, the source explained that Lopez’s children Max and Emme “are on board with starting fresh in L.A.”

Whether or not the couple can continue to fit their lives together in a comfortable way remains to be seen, but both the couple and the inside source seem optimistic. What is already clear is that the couple's children will be playing a big role in their decisions going forward.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez (2021), (Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis/Getty Images)

Affleck shares three children with his former wife of thirteen years, Jennifer Garner. He's noted to actively co-parent with Garner, being an active part of his children's lives, and even staying in close contact with his former wife.

Similarly, Lopez also has two children from her former marriage to Marc Anthony. She is also notably involved in her children's lives, making sure that her twins never take a backseat to her career and work.

It seems the couple has already found ways to fit their families and lives together while also thoroughly enjoying their rekindled flame. For an interview on the Apple Music radio show, Lopez told host Zane Lowe:

"I've never been better. I've really gotten to a place in my life where I'm great on my own. And I think once you get to that place, then amazing things happen to you that you never imagine in your life happening again … I just want everybody to know that it's the best time. It's the best time of my life."

Of course, the seeming speed with which Affleck and Lopez have picked up their relationship makes some fans and onlookers doing a double-take. After all, People reports that the couple called off their engagement in 2004, which doesn’t exactly bode well for most long-term relationships. But it isn’t just super fans who are optimistic. As People reports, “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb remarked in July that Lopez looks a lot happier in recent snapshots. Kotb then followed up the comment by asking Lopez whether she really is happier.

"You can call me. You have my number!" Lopez joked, dodging the question. 

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez (2021), (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

What do you think of Bennifer 2.0’s red carpet debut? Do you think their relationship will last? Let us know — and be sure to pass this great news on to others.

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