When Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck started dating again nearly 20 years after calling off their wedding, their friends were thrilled. And while their elopement showed that “Bennifer 2.0” was here to stay, the three words Affleck carved into Lopez’s ring confirmed it.
“One of the songs I wrote for the album, and it’s on the inside of this ring here, my engagement ring that he gave me, it says, ‘No. Going. Anywhere,'” Lopez told Zane Lowe in an Apple Music interview released Monday to promote her new album, “This Is Me.” …Now”.
“This is how he would sign his emails when we started talking again,” Lopez continued. Like, “Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.” ”
Lopez later described her initial split with Affleck as “the biggest heartbreak of my life”. The couple met in 2001 on the set of their hit movie “Gigli” and became engaged the following year, only to postpone their wedding in 2003 and call it quits in 2004.
Lowe said the relentless media coverage of their relationship, which he coined “Bennifer” in the press, was unlike any other in modern Hollywood at the time. He told Lopez that “there was no case study before you two came together,” which Lopez wholeheartedly agreed with.
“No, it was something new,” Lopez told Lowe. “We were destroyed. That was part of what destroyed us, the outside energy that was coming into us. And we loved each other. It was hard. I felt wronged at times, but neither of us is that person, to be like, ‘Woe is me.'”
It seems that the media attention that sparked their split wasn’t a problem this time around. Affleck and Lopez, who ended her relationship with Alex Rodriguez last year, wed in Las Vegas in July.
The couple followed that up with a party at Affleck’s property in Savannah, Georgia, which was attended by director Kevin Smith, Affleck’s Good Will Hunting co-star, childhood friend Matt Damon, and the couple’s children from their previous marriages.
“We weren’t just marrying each other; we were marrying these kids into a new family,” Lopez wrote in her newsletter at the time, on Page Six. “They were the only people we asked to stand up for us at our wedding. To our great honor and joy, each one did.”