Hollywood couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, nicknamed “Bennifer”, took their relationship to the next level by moving in together and getting engaged. As parents from previous marriages, the question of whether or not they will expand their blended family has been asked.
Actor Ben Affleck has three children from his ten-year marriage to ex-wife, actress Jennifer Garner. The couple married in 2005 and divorced in 2018.
The duo first met on the set of ‘Pearl Harbor’ in 2000 and began dating in 2004 when they were considered Hollywood’s ‘it’ couple. so it came as a shock to fans when they announced they were divorcing.
Actress Jennifer Garner and actor Ben Affleck at the Private Screening of ‘Daredevil’ at Planet Hollywood in New York, NY. / Source: Getty Images
In their joint statement to People, the exes said, “After careful consideration and consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” adding that they would move forward in “love and friendship” one for the other while committing to co-parenting their children.
Prior to splitting, Garner and Affleck welcomed daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel. Their children rarely appear in the spotlight despite their fame.
Jennifer Garner posing with her children Violet Affleck, Samuel Garner Affleck and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck at the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images
However, in November 2021, Garner and her eldest, Violet, were spotted in Brentwood, California, where the teenager was taking driving lessons. Paparazzi photos showed Violet conversing with the driving instructor while her mother was present for the pre-driving lesson meetings.
While Garner and Affleck are successfully co-parenting their offspring, the father-of-three once admitted how guilty he still feels about their divorce. In a candid interview with The New York Times in July 2021, the “Argo” star revealed that his divorce from the mother of his children was his biggest regret:
“The biggest regret of my life is this divorce. Shame is truly toxic. There is no positive by-product of shame. It just simmers in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-esteem and disgust. self.”
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck spotted on February 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
Affleck and Garner’s marriage fell apart when his alcoholism plagued their union between 2015 and 2016. He and the “Alias” star announced their separation in 2015, and their divorce was finalized four years later.
Regardless of ending their marriage on bad terms, the former couple still appear alongside their children in public from time to time. In January 2022, Affleck was seen with his eldest daughter Violet and son Samuel, who happen to be huge Taylor Swift fans, in Los Angeles.
Seraphina Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Violet Affleck and Ben Affleck seen on April 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
Additionally, the doting dad is currently dating his former fiancée, Jennifer Lopez, who has two kids with ex-husband Marc Anthony. Lopez is a mother of twins, a son named Max and a daughter named Emme, whom she welcomed in February 2008.
She and Affleck were previously engaged in 2002 but broke off their engagement in January 2004. Following the split, the actress opened up about it in an interview with Vanity Fair, saying she lost her sense of herself after the separation and wondered if it had been cut. for Hollywood life.
Model Paloma Jimenez, Vin Diesel, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez with children Emme, Maximilian, Natasha Rodriguez at the 2020 Pegasus World Championship Invitational Series at David Grutman’s LIV Stretch Village on January 25, 2020 in Hallandale Beach, LA Florida. / Source: Getty Images
The couple rekindled their relationship in 2021, 19 years after they started dating. They have been seen publicly with their children. In June 2022, the couple went to the Westfield Century City mall in Los Angeles.
The blended family was seen shopping for household items and popping in at stores including Dr. Martens, Terrain and Vans. They also made a stop for frozen yogurt at Yogurtland.
AFFLECK SAYS HIS KIDS THINK HE’S NOT ‘COOL’
Ben Affleck and his daughters Violet and Seraphina Affleck were spotted leaving the park on December 08, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
In an interview with Extra TV in December 2021, Affleck revealed that he constantly has to keep up with his children, who are Gen Z.
Seeing that they are growing up in modern times, what he finds cool would be the opposite for them, making him the “uncool” dad. The Oscar-winning screenwriter joked that the remarkable thing about being a parent is embarrassing your children.
The director has gained experience as a father over the years and according to his lover, Lopez, he is indeed a loving parent.
For Father’s Day, the triple threat paid tribute to her fiancé via an Instagram post, saying she was blessed to have someone as dedicated as Affleck to start a family.
Lopez described the ‘Justice League’ star as the “most consistent, selfless dad ever” in his Father’s Day tribute. “Happy Father’s Day to the most caring, loving, loving, consistent and selfless dad ever,” she wrote.
The mother-of-two revealed that not only is Affleck a great father to his children, but he also shows the same kind of adoration for his children.
Lopez shared that the two-time Oscar winner shows up and puts her offspring first without obligation, adding that he always engages with them and is affectionate towards them, something she deems beautiful.
WHAT ABOUT HAVING A CHILD TOGETHER?
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez arriving at the Los Angeles Special Screening of ‘Marry Me’ on February 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
The Generation Award winner tries to be a good mother-in-law to the producer’s children. She gets along well with them and has a special bond with her only son, Samuel. A source told HollywoodLife in April 2022:
“Jennifer Lopez is loved by all of Ben’s children, but she definitely has a special bond with Samuel because Samuel is the youngest of five children and is the baby of the bunch, so to speak.”
Seraphina Affleck and Samuel Garner Affleck attend the ceremony honoring their mother Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images
She reportedly feels that Samuel “is a lot like his father.” In addition, the dancer treats all of Affleck’s children as her own and, at the same time, always respects the fact that Garner is their mother.
The insider added that the “I’m Real” singer’s connection to the California native’s children makes him more confident that fate brought them together.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez seen on December 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
According to the source, the lovebirds are trying to make the blended family work, which surprises Garner. She doesn’t mind her kids going to their dad’s with Lopez because it also gives her time for herself, “which is rare for her.”
The insider claimed that despite things appearing to be going smoothly, Lopez and Affleck don’t want to have kids together: “They don’t want any new kids. They’re both past that part of their lives,” the source said.