Weeks after officially pulling the plug on her flailing engagement to baseball star Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez has found comfort in the company of another former fiancé, actor Ben Affleck. The once iconic duo have hung out together multiple times at Lopez’s seven-bedroom Bel-Air mansion since she returned to Los Angeles after shooting Shotgun Wedding in the Dominican Republic. “They are friends,” a source told WHO’s sister publication People magazine. “They have always been friends and they have seen each other through the years.”
Now that they’re both single, their friendship is sizzling. “Ben and Jen have been talking in private a lot over the past few months, and now the world knows just how close the two of them are again,” a source told OK! magazine. “When things started to get worse with Alex Rodriguez, Jen turned to Ben for advice.”
Affleck, 48, who split with girlfriend Ana de Armas in January, was first spotted at Hotel Bel-Air on April 22 being dropped off by a white SUV — which later drove Lopez, 51, to a meeting. On April 28, he was again spied coming out of Lopez’s Bel-Air home, and the next day, he was picked up by the same white car to go to Lopez’s home where he stayed for around three and a half hours. “Security picks him up at a nearby location and drops him off after spending a few hours at her house,” reports a source of their courtship.
It’s little wonder that keeping their connection under wraps is a priority for the pair, considering intense media attention is said to have been a significant factor in their initial break-up. When the pair met in 2002 on the Gigli film set, Lopez was married to her second husband, backup dancer Cris Judd, whom she divorced in 2003. Lopez and Affleck went public with their romance shortly after – and “Bennifer” was born. They soon became the most buzzed-about couple in Hollywood, whether preened to perfection on red carpets or as the subject of countless paparazzi stake-outs.
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