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Ben Affleck Defends Ex Jennifer Lopez Against “Ugly, Vicious” Comments

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Few celeb {couples} generated as a lot tabloid fervor as Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. The stars solely dated for 2 years within the early ’00s, and it hasn’t been the one high-profile relationship for both of them. Still, followers and the press have been captivated by “Bennifer” and paid consideration to their each transfer. Not all the consideration was optimistic, nonetheless. And in a brand new interview, Affleck known as out the “racist” and “sexist” feedback that Lopez specifically confronted whereas they have been collectively. Read on for his ideas, and for former {couples} who’ve stayed shut, listed below are 48 Celebrity Exes Who Are Best Friends Now.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
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The actors met after they have been cast reverse one another within the legendary bomb, Gigli. The film’s poor field office efficiency and bleak critical reception grew to become part of their story. Affleck memorably appeared in Lopez’s music video for “Jenny From the Block,” and so they additionally acted collectively in Kevin Smith‘s Jersey Girl. For extra co-stars who pursued a romance offscreen, listed below are 15 Onscreen Couples You Totally Forgot Dated in Real Life.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck leaving a hotel in 2003
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Despite getting engaged just some months after they began courting, Affleck and Lopez by no means tied the knot, canceling a deliberate wedding ceremony on account of their lack of privateness. They ended up splitting in early 2004. Both of them have regarded again on the connection with some remorse over how public it was.

“I think Jen and I made a mistake in that we fell in love, we were excited and maybe too accessible,” Affleck said during a 2008 TV interview, as reported by Latina. “I don’t think either of us anticipated the degree to which it would take on a world of its own.”

In a 2017 Vanity Fair profile, Lopez mentioned that it was “a two-year thing to pick [herself] up again” after their relationship “self-destructed in front of the entire world.”

For extra splits we’re not over, take a look at 15 Celebrity Couple Breakups You’re Probably Still Mourning.

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Appearing on the January 14 episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast, Affleck spoke up for his ex, slamming the protection she acquired.

“People were so f****** mean about her—sexist, racist,” he mentioned. “Ugly, vicious s*** was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

In 2021, Lopez continues to be a megastar, however, in Affleck’s estimation, extra esteemed than she was again then.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished—as well she f****** should be!” he continued. “I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today.” He additionally confirmed that the 2 are nonetheless pleasant.

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The actor, whose relationship with Knives Out star Ana de Armas has additionally generated loads of buzz, addressed the belief that they really prepare the paparazzi photoshoots of them strolling their canine, getting espresso, or usually going about their day.

“Still, to this day, [some] will go, ‘I see you out there in the paparazzi and the pictures!'” Affleck mentioned. “It’s like, ‘Yes, I left my house and took out the trash.'”

He and de Armas have been among the many more visible celebs through the coronavirus pandemic, however Affleck denies that it is on goal.

“As if, if you leave your house, you’re only doing so in the hope that you could be so lucky that you could end up as the sixth item in The Daily Mail,” he scoffed. “It’s absurd!”

For extra star pairs with large age variations, listed below are 27 Celebrity Couples With Huge Age Gaps.

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