Their first movie together bombed and they endured weeks of nasty headlines over his strip-club visit. Now Hollywood lovebirds Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck say a media frenzy has forced them to post

Their first movie together bombed and they endured weeks of nasty headlines over his strip-club visit. Now Hollywood lovebirds Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck say a media frenzy has forced them to postpone their wedding.

"When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate 'decoy brides' at three different locations, we realized that something was awry," the couple said in a joint statement. The pair, who reportedly planned to wed on Sunday (Sept. 14) at a swank estate in the hills near Santa Barbara, gave no indication when or where they would ultimately tie the knot.

A source close to the couple stressed that the wedding had merely been delayed, not canceled, saying, "They're totally and completely together."

Some celebrity watchers wondered whether the announced postponement was itself a ruse to throw journalists off the story. But Lopez' spokesperson told Reuters, "I don't see that as even remotely possible."

For their part, Lopez, 33, and Affleck, 31, blamed the glare of unwanted publicity for slowing their trip to the altar. "Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date," their statement said.

"We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends."


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