Before they got married in July 2022, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez faced a whole bunch of absurd claims in the tabloids after rekindling their romantic relationship in 2021. One bizarre claim said Affleck was refusing to let his new girlfriend visit him on set. Let’s take a look at what’s really happened with Bennifer.
According to dubious sources, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s romance hit a snag shortly after it started. At the time, the couple was working on different projects in separate countries, and Lopez was desperate to visit her beau. The supposed source of the claim said she was trying to visit him, but he refused, leading to the tiresome trope of Affleck “pushing her away” because he felt she was too clingy.
Lopez reportedly wanted to set up a house in Texas, where Affleck was working on the film Hypnotic, for them to spend time together while she visits. Affleck, however, thought she was getting too heavy-handed in the budding relationship. It was all so dramatic, according to the source, that it was going to lead to a breakup.
This report was as baseless as it is sexist. First of all, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are doing just fine. Not only did they not break up after this inane report first appeared, they got married. Even at the time of its original publishing, the report was clearly nonsense as Affleck was trying to visit Lopez whenever he had time. At no point did either one of them act “clingy” to the other’s dismay.
They’ve obviously wanted to be around each other a lot. The trope that a woman gets too needy in a relationship is tired and false, especially in this case. Lopez has shown over the years that she is very much her own woman and the idea that she would need to be around her boyfriend 24/7 is insulting. She wants to be around him, and he wants to be with her.
It’s hardly a surprise that the reunited Bennifer would immediately face unfair scrutiny in gossip circles. Going back decades to when they first dated, it was much of the same. In fact, we might even argue that it was these two that originally sparked the modern gossip media. When they reunited, you could almost feel the tabloids champing at the bit to invent salacious stories, and true to form, it did almost immediately.