First, the world gasped in shock when news of the Jennifer Lopez – Alex Rodriguez breakup dropped like a bomb upon us in April this year. OMG, the golden celeb couple had been together for 4 years, with 2 of those being engaged. A-Rod had put a US$1.8 million engagement ring on JLo’s finger when he proposed in Bahamas in 2019.

But then, we went Awwww when pictures of JLo with Ben Affleck started popping up on the internet. How sweet is that? And so surreal. The couple had split up 17 years ago, and they had both moved on, gotten married, had kids with other partners, and just like a boomerang – are back together again. YESSS, Bennifer is back!

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Their back-on romance is confirmed when JLo made it official on Instagram on her 52nd birthday
Back in your arms again
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So happy together

Let’s recap a few of Ben’s high-profile romances and the women he had romanced before he boomeranged back to JLo.

Ana de Armas

– Dated Ben from March 2020 to Jan 2021

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Their relationship wasn’t so high profiled (the world was in lockdown then), but the breakup certainly was when it was alleged that Ben had threw Ana’s life-size cardboard cutout into the trash after their breakup (though it was the gardener that did the actual deed).

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It’s not official until it’s on IG, so Ana posted this to confirm their relationship back in April last year
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T’was a messy breakup when the gardener had to fit the Ana cardboard cutout into the trash bin

Jennifer Garner

– Married Ben in 2005, separated in 2015, divorced in 2017

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The couple separated in 2015 after a 10-year marriage, with the divorce finalised in 2017. They have been successful in co-parenting their 3 kids together; daughters Violet and Seraphina, and son Samuel.

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The couple were married for 10 years
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Jennifer Garner with their three children
Kids come first for the former couple

Gwyneth Paltrow

– Dated Ben on and off, and on, between 1997 to 2000

Long before Gwyneth Paltrow did a ‘conscious uncoupling’ with ex-husband Chris Martin, with whom she shares two children with, she did date Ben for a few years. Oh, ‘conscious uncoupling’ is Hollywood talk for divorce – but then, she’s been the only one to use it, and probably coined it.

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Perhaps it was young love that was never meant to last
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Gwyneth Paltrow had approved of Ben’s then-wife, Jennifer Garner