Ben Affleck Says He Didn't Want Jennifer Lopez Relationship 'On Social Media' But Figured Out How to 'Compromise'

Affleck erred on the side of caution before Lopez gushed about their love in new musical film, 'This Is Me...Now: A Love Story.'

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez at an event, both dressed in formal attire
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez at an event, both dressed in formal attire

Ben Affleck didn't want his reconciliation with wife Jennifer Lopez to be heavily publicized, like their romance in the early 2000s.

In Lopez's new Prime Video documentary The Greatest Love Story Never Told, the companion to her musical film This Is Me... Now: A Love Story, Affleck shared the plea he had for Lopez upon their reunion in 2021. Nearly 20 years prior, the two were engaged before breaking up entirely in 2004. After reuniting in 2021, they officially wed one year later.

“Getting back together, I said, ‘Listen, one of the things I don’t want is a relationship on social media,’” Affleck said in the documentary, per Page Six. “Then I sort of realized it’s not a fair thing to ask. It’s sort of like, you’re gonna marry a boat captain and you go, ‘Well, I don’t like the water.’”

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Lopez often shares her admiration and love for Affleck during interviews, also making him the focus of This Is Me...Now: A Love Story, which premiered on Feb. 16, the same date as Lopez's ninth studio album.

“We’re just two people with different kinds of approaches trying to learn to compromise,” Affleck continued.

In the documentary, Lopez acknowledged her husband's possible discomfort with being the center of attention. “I don’t think [Ben] is very comfortable with me doing all of this,” she confessed. “But he loves me; he knows I’m an artist, and he’s gonna support me in every way he can because he knows you can’t stop me from making the music I made…he doesn’t want to stop me. But that doesn’t mean he’s comfortable being the muse.”

But the couple has made room for fun in their relationship, like both appearing in a Dunkin' commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl LVIII, which also included Affleck's film partner and best friend, Matt Damon.

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