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Entertainment Why did Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck cancel their wedding three days before it was due to go ahead?

11:50  13 may  2021
11:50  13 may  2021 Source:   ok.co.uk

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have been a hot topic of conversation lately, after being spotted together several times.

The former lovers enjoyed a romantic getaway at a luxury ski resort, according to reports, and all the Bennifer fans are eager to know what’s what.

Affleck, 48, and Lopez, 51, became an iconic celebrity couple back in the early noughties and got engaged in 2002, but postponed their 2003 wedding and officially split in 2004.

J-Lo subsequently went on to start a new relationship with Alex Rodriguez but on 15 April, they announced their split after four years of dating and a two-year-long engagement, issuing a joint statement.

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Jennifer Lopez wearing a hat: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were engaged in 2002 but postponed their 2003 wedding and officially split in 2004 © Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were engaged in 2002 but postponed their 2003 wedding and officially split in 2004

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Affleck, meanwhile, reportedly split from girlfriend of one year, actor Ana de Armas in January.

So why did Ben and Jennifer part ways way back when? Let’s take a look…

Why did Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez break off their engagement?

At the time of their split, reports suggested it was due to intense media attention, which was blamed for their September 2003 wedding being cancelled.

Discussing the reason behind cancelling their wedding just three days before it was due to take place, Jennifer and Ben released a joint statement: “Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date.

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"When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate 'decoy brides' at three different locations, we realized that something was awry."

They then ended their relationship in 2004, and a spokesperson for J-Lo said at the time: “Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy."

Ben's spokesperson said: "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."

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez posing for the camera: Ben Affleck hinted things moved too fast between the couple © eff Kravitz/FilmMagic Getty Images Ben Affleck hinted things moved too fast between the couple

Ben has hinted at the reason for the break-up of their relationship in the past, suggesting things had moved too fast between the couple.

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“I think Jen and I made a mistake in that we fell in love, we were excited and maybe too accessible.

“I don't think either of us anticipated the degree to which it would take on a world of its own,” he said at the time.

a man and a woman taking a selfie: J-Lo said there was 'a genuine love there' despite their split © Getty Images J-Lo said there was 'a genuine love there' despite their split

Also discussing her side of events, Jen said in 2016: “We didn't try to have a public relationship.

“We just happened to be together at the birth of the tabloids, and it was like, 'Oh my God.' It was just a lot of pressure... I think different time different thing, who knows what could've happened, but there was a genuine love there."

The singer fell in love with actor Ben in 2001 on the set of their movie Gigli, and he then proposed to her in 2002 with a beautiful pink solitaire engagement ring.

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