And just like that, pop-culture history is made. Twenty years after their first engagement and breakup made headlines, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are married. It’s official: Bennifer will never die.
Lopez confirmed the marriage in her On the JLo newsletter on Sunday, writing: “We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient.”
Following in the steps of Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker, Bennifer tied the knot at a chapel in Las Vegas — though they actually got a marriage license. “Last night we flew to Vegas, stood in line for a license with four other couples, all making the same journey to the wedding capital of the world,” Lopez wrote, according to “Page Six.” Per the license, Lopez will take her husband’s name to become Jennifer Affleck. Like the marriage itself, the name change has been two decades in the making. Back in 2003, when the couple became engaged the first time, Lopez told Access Hollywood’s Pat O’Brien that she intended to keep her name professionally — you can’t mess with JLo — but added, “My name will be Jennifer Affleck, obviously.” Lopez confirmed her new moniker in her newsletter, signing it “Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
Lopez included pictures from the celebration, writing that she wore “a dress from an old movie,” while Affleck wore a white tuxedo. They also posed for pictures in a pink Cadillac convertible “evidently once used by the King himself,” she wrote — though unlike Kravis, their ceremony did not include an Elvis impersonator. “If we wanted Elvis himself to show, that was extra and he was in bed,” she noted.
Lopez and Affleck called off their first engagement in 2004 and went on to marry other people. Lopez wed Marc Anthony, with whom she shares twins Emme and Max, while Affleck married Jennifer Garner. They have three kids: Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel. Then, in 2021, Bennifer was reborn. And eventually, Lopez announced their reengagement in April, telling fans that Affleck proposed during one of her favorite activities: bath time. “Saturday night while at my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed,” she wrote in her newsletter. The Oscar winner previously proposed back in 2001 with a pink diamond, so he switched it up this time, going for a nice green rock. “I always say the color green is my lucky color,” Lopez said in a video accompanying her engagement announcement.
“They were right when they said, ‘all you need is Love,’” JLo wrote on Sunday. “We are so grateful to have that in abundance, a new wonderful family of five amazing children, and a life that we have never had more reason to look forward to. Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at twelve thirty in the morning in the tunnel of love drive through, with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with.”
This post has been updated.