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JLo's Ex Proposed to 23-Year-Old 'Miss Universe' a Month after Ben Affleck Got Engaged to the Singer Again

Gaone Pule
Jul 31, 2022
04:10 P.M.
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When Jennifer Lopez met Marc Anthony, he told her she would be his wife one day. The period before that occurred, she got engaged to Ben Affleck, but they split. Lopez then married Anthony, but they divorced. She reunited with Affleck, who proposed again. Anthony did the same a month later.

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Actress Jennifer Lopez first crossed paths with musician Marc Anthony backstage when he performed on Broadway in "The Capeman."

The MTV Generation Award winner once revealed that the salsa artist predicted that they would walk down the aisle one day.

Singer Jennifer Lopez and musician Marc Anthony pictured at the Jennifer Lopez Gets Loud for Hillary Clinton at GOTV Concert in Miami at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre on October 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. | Source: Getty Image

Singer Jennifer Lopez and musician Marc Anthony pictured at the Jennifer Lopez Gets Loud for Hillary Clinton at GOTV Concert in Miami at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre on October 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. | Source: Getty Image

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"One day, you're going to be my wife," she said. Though he was spot on about that, Lopez went on to date several other men over the years before marrying Anthony.

Her most high-profile relationship began in 2002 when she fell in love with A-list actor Ben Affleck. The pair got engaged and created such a buzz in Hollywood that they were dubbed "Bennifer."

Jennifer Lopez and actor Ben Affleck during "Maid in Manhattan" premiere at The Rainbow Room in New York City, New York. | Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez and actor Ben Affleck during "Maid in Manhattan" premiere at The Rainbow Room in New York City, New York. | Source: Getty Images

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However, that did not last for long because they postponed their engagement just days before they were supposed to wed and released a statement explaining their decision:

"Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date. When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate 'decoy brides' at three different locations, we realized that something was awry."

The couple shared that they felt their big day would be overshadowed by all the media frenzy and could ruin the entire event. After halting their wedding, Affleck and Lopez went their separate ways in January 2004.

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck during the "Daredevil" premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck during the "Daredevil" premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Months later, following their split, Anthony's prediction came to be. He and Lopez dated for less than six months before saying their 'I dos' in June 2004. The duo wed in a surprise casual wedding ceremony at Lopez's Beverly Hills home.

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The "Let's Get Loud" singer told friends and family that she was throwing an afternoon party, only for them to see her walk across the backyard with a white umbrella as guests cheered and clapped. The couple later welcomed twins Emme and Max in 2008.

THE PAIR DIVORCED AMIDST RUMORS OF INFIDELITY

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez during the Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2005. | Source: Getty Images

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez during the Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2005. | Source: Getty Images

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However, Anthony and Lopez filed for divorce in July 2011 after seven years of marriage. They released a joint statement saying they reached an "amicable" decision to part ways:

"This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

Singer Jennifer Lopez and songwriter Marc Anthony pictured in Paris on December 8, 2004. | Source: Getty Images

Singer Jennifer Lopez and songwriter Marc Anthony pictured in Paris on December 8, 2004. | Source: Getty Images

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The duo's split was without drama, as there were speculations that Anthony had been unfaithful in their marriage. But he denied the allegations of infidelities in an interview with ABC News post the divorce announcement.

The actor said people like perpetuating just because the breakup came as a shock to them. Therefore, they insinuated that he must have been the one that caused the separation. But according to Anthony, his marriage to Lopez stopped working:

"It was a realization on both our parts. It wasn't shocking. These things happen."

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The divorce got finalized three years later, in June 2014, after filing at LA Superior Court. Lopez and Anthony agreed to share custody of their kids, with the three-time Grammy Award winner getting physical custody of the brood for seven days every month.

Three years after the former couple went their separate ways, Lopez spoke candidly about her relationship with the father of her kids.

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During an appearance on "Live with Kelly," the dancer revealed that she and Anthony were "best" of friends. She divulged that they were working on an album together and admitted she was skeptical about their partnership at first since they were just co-parenting:

"We are like best friends. We are making an album now. Actually, he's helping me make my Spanish album. It's been awesome. Honestly, I think it's even helped our relationship, and it's made things even better."

LOPEZ SHOCKINGLY REUNITED WITH AFFLECK

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In 2021, twenty years after she and Affleck ended their engagement, Lopez and the award-winning screenwriter unexpectedly rekindled their romance.

When she celebrated her 52nd birthday, she marked the occasion on Instagram by sharing images. The last photo from the post showed her and Affleck locking lips. It marked the first time the couple posted about each other on social media.

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In People's cover story published in February 2022, Lopez gushed about her reconciled relationship with the two-time Academy Award winner:

"I feel so lucky and happy and proud to be with him. It's a beautiful love story that we got a second chance."

The "Enough" star said their relationship feels different now; it is full of appreciation and celebration. Lopez noted that she and Affleck are now older and wiser, so they have more experience, have kids, and are at different places in their lives. They plan on protecting what they have with each other.

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Lopez and Affleck got engaged for the second time in April 2022. The triple-threat announced the news OntheJLo newsletter after she was spotted wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring. An insider revealed to People that the couple waited "a few days" before sharing the news with the world.

Months after the engagement announcement, Affleck and Lopez wed in an intimate ceremony; a source told People in July 2022. The lovebirds obtained their marriage license in Clark County, Nevada:

"It was super, super small. They just wanted to be married, so they got married."

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After officially becoming husband and wife, Lopez has already hinted at changing her last name to Jennifer Affleck, per the couple's marriage license.

However, according to Us Magazine, the new moniker would still need to be officially legalized, including filing the marriage certificate.

When the pair got engaged for the first time, Lopez said that her last name would change after marrying Affleck, telling Access Hollywood in 2003 that her offstage name would be Jennifer Affleck.

LOPEZ'S EX PROPOSED TO NADIA FERREIRA

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While Lopez has found her happily ever after, her former spouse Anthony has also met his future wife, Nadia Ferreira.

The couple made their relationship public in March 2022 after sparking romance rumors in early 2022 while vacationing in Mexico City.

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After reportedly dating for three months, Anthony proposed to Ferreira, who is 30 years his junior, a month after Lopez and Affleck got engaged.

Ferreira, a Paraguay native, wrote on Instagram: "Engagement party! @marcanthony" alongside a ring emoji as she flaunted her ring. The pair celebrated their engagement on a night out in Miami with friends.

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Ferreira, 23, is a fashion model and beauty pageant titleholder. She was crowned Miss Universe Paraguay 2021, and as Miss Universe Paraguay, Ferreira represented her home country at Miss Universe 2021 and finished as 1st Runner-Up.

She and the six-time Latin Grammy Award winner usually share cozy pictures on social media and look happy together.

In light of the news of their engagement, Anthony's ex-wife, Lopez, allegedly reacted to the exciting news. An insider told HollywoodLife in May 2022 that the "Selena" star sent flowers to Ferreira and Anthony's house to wish them well.

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