Couple Nickname: Bennifer
Dated Between: 2002 - 2004
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's relationship has been over for nearly ten years now, but it was so scrutinized by the media during its lifespan that it's pretty much now impossible for any pop culture junkie to forget. In fact, they were so in the spotlight during its duration that it actually feels like they were together for much longer than the just two years.
Their union, though clearly strong enough to elicit a marriage proposal, led to a lot of ill-advised decisions from both parties. Firstly, Affleck made the decision to appear in the laughable music video for Lopez's single "Jenny On the Block," including in a scene where he gropes her ass on a yacht. Secondly, they both chose to star in one of the worst films ever made, Gigli, because they'd be together.
Luckily, the latter didn't quite kill their careers, but they were definitely on life support for a good while after. Affleck has recently been quoted admitting that time period was the lowest in his life, saying, "[It] was definitely the annus horribilis. I got shorthanded as That Guy—Jennifer Lopez, movies bombed, therefore he must be a sort of thoughtless dilettante, solipsistic consumer, blah blah blah."
Given their relationship took place at the beginning of the Internet age, they were also one of the first celebrity couples to be given their own portmanteau by the tabloids: Bennifer. This trend ended up catching on because of them, so, technically, their relationship paved way to terms like "TomKat," "Brangelina," and, of course, "Speidi." Thanks, guys. Thanks.