Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck officially tied the knot over the weekend in a hush-hush affair, and now fans have reacted…
It all started when J-Lo dropped a number of photos and videos from her big day.
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There’s no denying, the Bennifer engagement is the biggest celebrity relationship news in months — if not years.
It seems we’ve come full circle — and we’ve never seen J-Lo this happy…
It’s recently been announced that they have finally got married.
And A-Rod has broken his silence.
Scroll on to see what he said…
Now, alongside her singing, acting, dancing, and modeling, there’s another reason that J-Lo is a household name…
Alongside her impressive career, J-Lo is also famed for a string of high-profile relationships. Her first was Cuban waiter, Ojani Noa, to whom she was married between 1997 and 1998. The pair had one of the very first messy celebrity divorces that have now become a staple of celebrity culture – so we have a lot to thank them for!
Then J-Lo began dating Sean Combs (better known as P-Diddy) in 1999 and gave us this incredible Grammys look that same year.
Internet urban legend claims that this dress was the reason for the invention of Google Images.
After all that drama, she enjoyed a brief dalliance with former backup dancer, Chris Judd.
In fact, the pair enjoyed another whirlwind marriage between 2001 and 2002.
A year later, Ben Affleck came into the picture…
The pair shared one of the very first celebrity couple names — Bennifer. Although the pair were set to marry in 2003, they ended up postponing their wedding just a day before, eventually splitting in January 2004.
However, they’re now rekindling their old flame…
But more on that after we get up to speed with J-Lo’s relationship timeline…
Very quickly after breaking up with Affleck, J-Lo began dating her childhood friend, Marc Anthony.
So quickly, in fact, that the two (yet again) married in June of the very same year.
J-Lo then became a mom!
J-Lo and Anthony’s twins were born in Long Island on February 22nd, 2008. The kids are called Emme Maribel and Maximilian David.
3 years later, though, Anthony filed for divorce.
Between 2011 and 2016, J-Lo had an on-again-off-again relationship with another former backup dancer, Casper Smart.
But that casual fling was quickly put to an end in 2017 when New York Yankees baseball player, Alex Rodriguez came into the picture.
From the get-go, it seemed like things were going very well between the loved-up pair.
They were even engaged to be married!
The pair appeared to be happier than ever…
But then news emerged that they had sadly “broken up.”
Headlines across the globe claimed the pair had gone their separate ways.
Calling off their 2-year engagement.
And, on April 15th 2021, the pair announced that they had, in fact, broken up.
In a joint statement, the pair said: “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”
Of course, we were all heartbroken about the news.
But not for very long, between then and now, J-Lo has rekindled with her previous ex… Ben Affleck!
They were spotted taking a week-long vacation together last year…
And “Bennifer” fans have been ecstatic over the reunion.
A source close to them revealed that initially after the breakup, the pair were “just friends.”
But E! News reported that the status had been updated.
A second source told the outlet:
“They have been in touch here and there throughout the years. Ben reached out to her to see how she was doing and they had dinner together a few times within this last month. It’s natural between them and the chemistry is unreal. They picked up where they last left off and are enjoying each other’s company right now.”
And just a year after they were first spotted together, the pair were officially engaged…
It came eighteen years after the pair were originally planning on getting hitched.
Back in February, J-Lo opened up about her relationship with Affleck this time around to People, she said: “We’re older now, we’re smarter, we have more experience, we’re at different places in our lives, we have kids now, and we have to be very conscious of those things.”
“It’s a beautiful outcome that this has happened in this way at this time in our lives where we can really appreciate and celebrate each other and respect each other,” J-Lo continued. “We always did, but we have even more of an appreciation because we know that life can take you in different directions.”
J-Lo and Affleck were also spotted house hunting recently before settling on a $55 million Bel-Air home…
It’s a whopping 20,000 sq ft. featuring 10 bedrooms and seventeen bathrooms, and of course, a pool.
J-Lo shared the incredible news of her engagement in her newsletter on Friday, revealing her ring in the video, with the voiceover: “You’re perfect.”
Just days earlier, her sister Lynda took to Instagram to share a photo of her ring on her Story, congratulating the pair.
She later shared that the proposal was the most “romantic thing” ever.
And she did so by writing in the JLO Newsletter.
“Did you ever imagine your biggest dream could come true?” Lopez began in the newsletter, as per PEOPLE.
“Saturday night while at my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed,” she continued writing.
“I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time trying hard to get my head around the fact that after 20 years this was happening all over again, I was quite literally speechless and he said, ‘is that a yes?’ I said YES of course that’s a YES.
“I was smiling so big and tears were coming down my face, feeling so incredibly happy and whole.
“It was nothing fancy at all, but it was the most romantic thing I could’ve ever imagined… just a quiet Saturday night at home, two people promising to always be there for each other,” she wrote.
And then she finished by saying that they are: “Two very lucky people. Who got a second chance at true love.”
And now, the loved-up pair have finally tied the knot…
According to TMZ, who obtained a marriage license with their names on it, the couple tied the knot on Sunday, July 17.
A source close to the pair added: ‘They did, indeed, get hitched and the license is a signal they are now man and wife.”
However, since fans have got a glimpse of her dress, many are saying it’s the “ugliest” dress they’ve ever seen.
Fans have taken to Instagram, where a video of J-Lo in her wedding dress was shared by chrisappleton1, her hairstylist.
He captioned the post: “Last minute feelings before the wedding.”
And according to TMZ, the duo “obtained a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada on Saturday, July 16…”
To clarify, JLo announced the news, sharing videos and photos from her big day…
Lopez confirmed the news in her On The J.Lo newsletter…
Where she shared a number of photos and videos from the couple’s wedding day and hear this, the gorgeous singer signed off her post with “Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck,” as per reports.
“We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” she wrote.
“Exactly what we wanted. 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,” JLo continued.
“We barely made it to the little white wedding chapel by midnight. They graciously stayed open late a few minutes, let us take pictures in a pink Cadillac convertible, evidently once used by the king himself (but if we wanted Elvis himself to show, that cost extra and he was in bed),” she said.
“So with the best witnesses you could ever imagine, a dress from an old movie and a jacket from Ben’s closet, we read our own vows in the little chapel and gave one another the rings we’ll wear for the rest of our lives. They even had Bluetooth for a (short) march down the aisle. But in the end it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined. One we dreamed of long ago and one made real (in the eyes of the state, Las Vegas, a pink convertible and one another) at very, very long last.”
“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 went on. “
“We had that. And so much more. Best night of our lives. Thank you to the Little White Wedding chapel for letting me use the break room to change while Ben changed in the men’s room,” she added.
“They were right when they said, ‘all you need is love,” said the mother of two.
And, well the post was signed off with her new name: “Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
But amid this, people were quick to share their thoughts on her dress.
Sadly, it wasn’t a positive reaction.
One Instagram user wrote: “I did not think her dress would be so simple!!!”
While another wrote: “That dress is so underwhelming.”
“UGLIEST DRESS EVER !!” a third wrote.
Another echoed: “Hope that’s not the dress.” A fifth said: “She looks like she’s ready for her first communion.”
And it seems her dress wasn’t the only thing that got people talking.
J-Lo recently announced that she has legally changed her name following the union.
Responding to the news, one fan wrote on Twitter: “Why would she change her name? Why would they get married if they don’t have kids together? What’s the point other than attention?”
“Do we call her ‘JAff’ now?” another questioned.
In an email to her followers, J-Lo wrote: “Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient.”
She added: “Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive-through in Las Vegas at 12:30 in the morning in the tunnel of love drive-through with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with.”
According to the court records, the pair used their legal names Benjamin Geza Affleck and Jennifer Lynn Lopez on their marriage certificate.
And as per the ‘new name’ section, it seems J-Lo is now Jennifer Lynn Affleck.
Since the news came out, J-Lo’s ex, Alex Rodriguez, has been surprisingly silent about the union.
He posted to social media the same day they tied the knot, sharing a video on Instagram of crystal clear waters, along with the caption “Guess where?!”
Whether he’s deliberately trying to ignore their big day or not, A-Rod has always spoken highly of J-Lo.
Last year, in an interview with ET Online, he spoke out about their relationship: “I had five years of an incredible life and partnership and also with my daughters, we learned so much,” he said.
“And now we have the opportunity to take that and move forward and say, ‘You know what? We’re so grateful for the last five years, how do we make the next five years better because of lessons learned?’
“So, I’m in a great place. I’m so grateful for where God and the light has really put me, and I’m really looking forward. Mostly to see how my girls keep developing.”
And now fans have mixed opinions on J-Lo’s secret wedding…
As everyone thinks it is not going last!
“She’s been in love with that man for 20+ years! I’m happy for her and fingers crossed he doesn’t f*** it up again,” wrote one concerned Twitter user.
And the negativity didn’t just stop there as some people took it to the next level taking a jibe at J-Lo’s past.
But there were some people who were overjoyed at their “secret marriage.”
“Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck getting married in secret is the best thing to happen this year I WIN!” one fan wrote.
And it’s not just fans who have reacted, as celebrities like actress Vanessa Hudgens expressed their happiness, after hearing the big news…
Hudgens told E! News that she was “literally scrolling through Instagram” and “gasped,” after hearing the good news.
While Vanessa Bryant and Hoda Kotb also sent their good wishes to the newlyweds.
Congratulations to the happy couple!