It’s been 20 years in the making, but Bennifer is finally married. In an emotional message written out to her fans via her “On the JLo” newsletter, Jennifer Lopez revealed that she and Ben Affleck had tied the knot during an intimate Las Vegas ceremony Saturday (July 16).
“We did it,” she wrote. “Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient.”
As anyone who’s paid attention to pop culture these past two decades knows, Mr. and Mrs. Affleck are one of Hollywood’s most prominent — and storied — celebrity couples. They first began dating back in 2002 after meeting on the set of Gigli, the first of two movies they would star in together (the second being Jersey Girl in 2004), before getting engaged that same year.
The couple delayed their 2003 wedding before calling it quits in 2004. Both moved on to marry other people and have kids, destined to be each other’s “the one that got away” — until last year. Lopez and Affleck were spotted together mid-2021 before going public that July. Then in April, they got engaged again.
Flash forward three months, and the couple has finally walked down the aisle. “Exactly what we wanted,” Lopez wrote of the ceremony. “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. Behind us two men held hands and held each other. In front of us, a young couple who made the three-hour drive from Victorville on their daughter’s second birthday — all of us wanting the same thing — for the world to recognize us as partners and to declare our love to the world through the ancient and nearly universal symbol of marriage.”
“When love is real, the only thing that matters in marriage is one another and the promise we make to love, care, understand, be patient, loving and good to one another,” she added. “We had that. And so much more. Best night of our lives.”
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