Is This When Ben Affleck And Jennifer Lopez First Started Talking Again?

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's reunion has created a ton of buzz online. The pair, who first began dating back in 2002 after starring together in the movie "Gigli," were set to wed in the fall of 2003 (via Women and Home). However, after postponing their nuptials, the couple dubbed "Bennifer" announced their split in January 2004. That was 17 years ago. Since that time, Affleck married and divorced actress Jennifer Garner, whom he shares three children with (via Insider). Lopez also married singer Mark Anthony and welcomed twins. Lopez and Anthony later divorced, and JLo began dating former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez (via Us Weekly). The couple got engaged in March 2019, but were forced to put their wedding plans on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In early 2021, rumors of trouble between the couple began to circulate, and by April the pair had confirmed that they called off their engagement, per Harper's Bazaar.

Just days later, Lopez was spotted with her former fiancé Affleck (via Page Six). The "Armageddon" star was photographed heading to JLo's house after being picked up in a white SUV by her security detail. "Security picks him up at a nearby location and drops him off after spending a few hours at her house," a source told the outlet. A week later, the couple jetted off for a quick trip to Montana (via People). Now, fans are wondering exactly when "Bennifer" rekindled their relationship.

When did Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck reconnect?

People Magazine reports that although Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were spotted together just days after her split from Alex Rodriguez, the pair didn't go behind ARod's back. Instead, they waited to see each other in person until after Lopez and Rodriguez ended their engagement. "She didn't see Ben until it was over with Alex," a source admitted. However, Lopez and Affleck were reportedly corresponding with one another before the "Hustlers" star called it quits with her former fiancé. "Jennifer was in contact with Ben before she split from Alex. [But] it was friendly conversations and they didn't make a plan behind Alex's back that they would date."

TMZ previously reported that Affleck initiated contact, which allegedly began in February. Sources tell the outlet that Affleck began to email Lopez while she was in the Dominican Republic filming her latest movie, "Shotgun Wedding." Insiders said that Affleck saw photos of Lopez on set and wrote to her about how beautiful she looked while also telling her that he wished he could be there with her. For her part, JLo reportedly wrote her ex-boyfriend back and told him that he was able to "own her heart" with his sweet words. Meanwhile, E! News reports that "Bennifer" still has some intense chemistry between them. "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," the outlet's source stated.