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What we know – and what we don’t know – amid rumors they’re splitting

Is Bennifer 2.0 a failure? Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who celebrate their second wedding anniversary in July, have been plagued by split rumors.

After calling off their engagement 20 years ago, Affleck and Lopez reunited in 2021. The following year they had not one but two weddings, bought a $60 million mansion for their shared brood in 2023, and Lopez shared their Greatest love story never told with the world (despite Affleck’s concerns about their private lives being exposed).

Now – months after the documentary and Lopez’s song about their rekindled, everlasting love – there are rumors that they are on the rocks. It was all dazzling, but it was amplified by two recent high-profile solo performances. Affleck attended Tom Brady’s Netflix Roast alone on May 5, and Lopez arrived alone at the Met Gala on May 6.

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🚨The tabloid In Touch went for it and reported Wednesday that Lopez, who is in her fourth marriage, and Affleck, at No. 2, are “heading for divorce.” It should be taken with a grain of salt; However, the story says, “It’s over” and they “just couldn’t make it work.” He has moved and is focused on his work, making The accountant 2, and children. Although “they will never stop loving each other,” there is “no way this could have continued,” because “she has no control over him” and “he can’t change her,” which is definitely vague.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 2024 Met Gala.

Jennifer Lopez attended the Met Gala solo on May 6 and reported that Ben Affleck could not attend because he was shooting ‘The Accountant 2’. (Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

⏰ Celebrity-friendly People magazine, which had an exclusive interview with Lopez when she first reconciled with Affleck, published a breakdown of the time that has passed since the Afflecks were publicly photographed together. As of May 16, there were 47. The story further referred to “reports of tensions” and spoke of “speculation that there could be trouble” versus any final developments, noting that representatives for the couple had not responded to requests for comment .

⚠️ Us Weekly reported Thursday that “Jen and Ben are having problems in their marriage,” but they haven’t broken up yet. The problems started a few months ago “when Jen had started ramping up her work commitments and preparing for her tour,” noting that they are “usually on two completely different pages.” The outlet confirmed through a source that Affleck was staying in a house separate from the home he shares with Lopez.

💍E! News published paparazzi photos the same day showing Lopez and Affleck still wearing wedding rings.

Affleck was able to roast Tom Brady on May 5, who was present without Lopez.  (Kevin Kwan/Netflix)Affleck was able to roast Tom Brady on May 5, who was present without Lopez.  (Kevin Kwan/Netflix)

Affleck was able to roast Tom Brady on May 5, who was present without Lopez. (Kevin Kwan/Netflix)

Until Lopez or Affleck speak out, no one knows for sure what their relationship status is. Here’s what we do know…

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They get a lot of criticism from celebrities. They were dogged by rumors during both eras of their relationship. Intense media speculation is why they called off their first wedding in 2003 – and that speculation has continued. Furthermore, there are two stories they haven’t been able to shake: his reputation as “Sad Affleck” and the idea that he’s seemingly unhappy all the time (he’s not, he says), as well as her own reputation in the field of relationship hopping, which she has researched. in her dual film projects and album earlier this year.

Granted, they are different people. Affleck said that when they got back together, he told her that “one of the things I don’t want is a social media relationship.” Being very private, he said he had to compromise on that because she likes to share. Lopez admitted that she pushed her partner out of his comfort zone by exploring their newfound love in her doctor. The greatest love story that has never been toldand called him an “unwilling participant” in the story.

They have baggage. There are layers to their rekindled relationship. First, their past romance failed. Affleck asked Lopez in her doc if she had forgiven him for their 2004 divorce and she rawly admitted, “I think I was mad at you for a long time,” before adding, “I think I’ve completely forgiven you .” There are also two families that were difficult to combine. Lopez said bringing their five children together (her twins with Marc Anthony and his trio with Jennifer Garner) was “a very emotional transition.”

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 23: Actress Jennifer Lopez, wearing Harry Winston jewelry, and actor Ben Affleck attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 23: Actress Jennifer Lopez, wearing Harry Winston jewelry, and actor Ben Affleck attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Lopez and Affleck were first an item between 2002 and 2004, but called off their engagement. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

This year was not easy for them. Lopez spent a large portion of her own money ($20 million) this year to finance the dual film projects. She had many people like her Monster-in-law co-star Jane Fonda, who appears in the documentary – wonders why she was “trying to prove something” by making the vanity project about her relationship with Affleck instead of them both just living their lives.

2024 was supposed to be Lopez’s year, but her tour… This is me… Alive, set to launch in June, was ultimately scaled back due to “weak” ticket sales. The album itself was the lowest charting release of her career.

Affleck juggles his own criticism, such as his performance at the Tom Brady Roast. While the jokes were supposed to be about Brady, he broke down in tears on social media, criticizing trolls for “talking shit… behind your fucking keyboard… I can’t take anymore fucking, a dysfunctional, horrible work system that’s designed to make people feel terrible all the time.” Not only was he criticized for this, but there were also negative stories about his physical appearance.

For him and her, these factors are now subplots of the split story that continues to twist and turn and will continue until they speak out.

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