Getty ImagesThe year was 2002 and we were not fooled by any of the rocks Jennifer Lopez got from Ben Affleck — her giant pink diamond engagement ring wasn't messing around. Though Ben and Jen called it quits almost exactly a decade ago, and they've both moved on in very big ways, we still miss the fabulousness that was Bennifer.
Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?The End:
The only good thing that came out of Gigli? Bennifer. The stars met on the set of the failed flick back in 2002 and hit it off. They got engaged after a few months of dating and the ring was one for the books. It was a 6.1-carat Harry Winston pink diamond with an estimated value of $2.5 million — which was basically Kim K. status a decade ago.
And how could we forget the fantastic butt-grabbing that went down in the "Jenny From the Block" video?
Bennifer's demise was a long, dramatic process that started with the pair calling off their September 2003 wedding. At the time, they claimed the media attention was to blame, but pretty soon it became clear that there was never going to be a wedding. They finally called it quits for good in January 2004. The singer's rep released a statement: "Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy."
Affleck's camp took a decidedly more hostile approach (via People
): "I am not going to confirm anything about his personal life. We don't want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It's not happening from our side."
There was plenty of speculation about the ultimate cause of the split, everything from his wandering eye
and reluctance to settle down to her partying with ex-boyfriend P. Diddy. The world may never know the true reason Bennifer never made it down the aisle, but both rebounded fairly quickly. Chances of Reconciliation?
As we all know, Affleck married another co-star in 2005. He and Jennifer Garner
have since had three kids and seem like one of the happiest, most normal couples in Hollywood. Lopez was married to Marc Anthony
for seven years and had twins before they divorced in 2011. These days, Affleck is much too old for her — she's really into buff, tattooed younger dudes.