Inside Ben Affleck's Relationship With Jennifer Lopez

Newlyweds (yes, we said it — newlyweds!) Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have been beyond busy since tying the knot back in July. Since their romantic reunion back in April 2021 came as a complete shock to the world, the couple has come a long way. If you are unfamiliar with the story of "Bennifer" and how they came together, and apart, and together again — well, you may need to refer to a timeline of their relationship over the last 20 years. Seriously, a lot has happened, and their relationship is only heating up even more now that they are officially husband and wife. Let's just say, once Hollywood's "it" couple, always Hollywood's "it" couple!

From wedding bells to mansions in Bel-Air to the changing of an iconic last name, a lot has been going on in the world of the "Batman" actor and the "Hustlers" star. Honestly, we're not complaining! Keep reading to get a sneak peek inside Ben Affleck's relationship with Jennifer Lopez.

JLo and Ben are still looking for a family home

Start spreading the news: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are still looking for a home together! According to TMZ, the Affleck family plans to move into Lopez's Bel-Air home, which she has owned and been living in since 2016. However, before becoming one big happy family and living together under one roof, there are plans for major renovations to be made to the estate, which could take up to a year to complete. Lopez and Affleck were reported to have been staying in James Packer's $60 million home in Beverly Hills in June, but plan on renting until their home upgrades are finished. TMZ further reported that Affleck listed his Pacific Palisades home to be sold for $30 million when they decided that the Lopez residence would be used for the family. 

The couple had been house hunting for months, but unfortunately, nothing stuck. Originally, they had plans to move into a $55 million estate in Bel-Air, but a source revealed to Entertainment Tonight that the deal fell through. 

Their engagement announcement came as a surprise to many, including JLo

The world has been waiting for this moment, and it finally came: Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez in April 2022 (for the second time) and it melted our hearts in the best way possible. Lopez shared the news through her newsletter "On the JLo" and showed off her iconic engagement ring (via Buzzfeed News). "Saturday night, while at my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed," she wrote. Just as it came as a surprise to many fans, Lopez revealed that it was the same for her.

The "Hustlers" star continued to explain how she was taken aback by the proposal. "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," she wrote. "I was quite literally speechless, and he said, 'Is that a yes?' I said 'YES of course that's a YES.'"

Their wedding was a complete surprise

Twenty years after Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first got engaged, the couple is finally husband and wife. The best part? It was a complete surprise. According to Deadline, Lopez and Affleck's big day took place at the Little White Wedding Chapel on July 16 around midnight, surrounded by their five children and close family members. 

In Lopez's "On the JLo" newsletter, the singer shared the news with her fanbase and included plenty of photos of the night. "We did it," she wrote. "Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient. 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." Lopez described how the couple exchanged vows in the chapel and walked down the aisle with music playing from a Bluetooth speaker. "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," she said. 

People reported that for the ceremony, Lopez looked stunning in a white lace, off-the-shoulder, long-sleeved gown, and later changed into a "dress from an old movie" that she had reportedly been saving for that exact moment. 

Their post-wedding vacation became a family affair

The destination for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's post-wedding celebrations? Paris, of course! As soon as the couple tied the knot on July 16, the couple headed over to Paris, France with their family. According to Elle, rather than vacationing in the most romantic city in the world with just the two of them, the couple's children from their previous marriages were also in attendance. Affleck's children, Violet and Seraphina, and Lopez's 14-year-old Emme were also on the trip, spending plenty of time together celebrating the newlyweds. 

According to People, the love birds were seen showing plenty of PDA during their Paris getaway, as they were photographed together looking madly in love throughout the entire trip. Together, they visited the Louvre Museum, enjoyed a cruise together with their children, walked the streets of Paris sightseeing, and shared a pre-birthday dinner for Lopez at a rooftop restaurant.

Jennifer Lopez changed her name

May we introduce the new and official Jennifer Affleck! After a surprise wedding in Las Vegas, J.Lo shared a message with her followers that she had changed her last name to her new husband's. In the subscription newsletter "On the JLo," the "On The Floor" singer shared details of the couple's special day. In the letter, Lopez wrote, "Stick around long enough and maybe you'll find the best moment of your life in a drive-through in Las Vegas at twelve-thirty in the morning in the tunnel of love drive-through, with your kids and the one you'll spend forever with" (via Billboard) and absolutely melted our hearts. 

However, this isn't what caught the attention of fans. "Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things — and worth waiting for," she wrote at the end of her letter. "With love, Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck," confirming that the singer officially changed her last name. Although many fans are excited about this new chapter of "Bennifer," others are not so thrilled that Lopez changed her name. According to Cosmopolitan UK, many fans tweeted backlash toward the couple expressing their confusion about the decision, claiming that the singer is giving up a major part of her identity in her career that she has worked so hard to build.

Their kids feel a certain way about Jennifer and Ben's marriage

Since the couple tied the knot in a Las Vegas chapel, many "Bennifer" fans are curious as to how their children and ex-partners feel about the surprise wedding and reconnection of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. J.Lo's twins, Max and Emme, are from her previous marriage with Marc Anthony, and Ben shares three children — Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel — with actress Jennifer Garner (via Cosmopolitan). According to Entertainment Tonight, the "Waiting For Tonight" singer confirmed that her and Affleck's kids were both in attendance at their private, intimate ceremony. A source revealed to ET that the children feel like one big happy family after the wedding celebrations. "Their kids are feeling more united as a family since the Vegas wedding, and they are all super excited to see what the future holds for all of them," the source said. "They all get along really well."

As for their ex-spouses, there is no bad blood between them. "Marc Anthony and Jen and Ben and Jen Garner all still get along relatively well and share special places in each other's hearts," the source continued. "There is no ill will from anyone, and the mutual goal and focus is zero drama and to prioritize being great parents to their children."

JLo and Ben plan on having a second wedding that's even bigger

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's wedding in Las Vegas came as a complete surprise. Their wedding was very simple and chill, and mainly had immediate family in attendance. Well, lucky for us, there will be plenty more "Bennifer" content coming soon that won't be quite so laid-back. A source tells People that the couple plans on having a larger wedding celebration to include more family and friends this time around. The newlyweds "plan on having a bigger party so they can celebrate with family and friends" according to the source. 

When asked about what their honeymoon plans were after going to the chapel in Vegas, the source revealed a shocking piece of information about the couple: "They don't have a honeymoon planned yet. Jennifer says that every day with Ben is a honeymoon. Ever since they started dating again, Jennifer has truly believed that this is it. She is looking forward to growing old with Ben. She is very happy and content with Ben. She couldn't ask for anything else. She thinks it's all perfect" (via People). TMZ reported that their second wedding will allegedly take place at one of Ben Affleck's homes in Riceboro, Georgia, where Lopez reportedly visited with her manager to plan the celebration. 

Jennifer Lopez officially returned to work post-wedding celebrations

After taking time off and enjoying a luxurious vacation to Paris with her new husband Ben Affleck and their family, Jennifer Lopez is officially back to work. She traveled to Capri, Italy, where she headlined the LuisaViaRoma charity auction at the UNICEF gala on July 30, 2022. According to Cosmopolitan, this event was held to provide support to families and children living in Ukraine amid the current war and invasion of the country by Russia. Naturally, she rocked not one, but two animal-print outfits embellished with crystals and plenty of feathers. Not only was her outfit breathtaking, but Lopez also rocked her beautiful new wedding ring. Some songs featured on the set list during her performance included "Waiting For Tonight," "On the Floor," and covers of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Gloria Estefan's "Turn the Beat Around" (via Popsugar). 

Talking with the audience, Lopez paid homage to her roots growing up in Brooklyn with her mother and shared how she wants to live out her "disco diva fantasy" for the night (via Entertainment Tonight). The event was hosted by Jamie Foxx; celebrities in attendance included Vanessa Hudgens, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ansel Elgort, Jared Leto, and more.