Ben Affleck's father Timothy says actor was NOT 'pining' for Jennifer Lopez, dubs all claims as 'nonsense'
Formerly estranged love birds, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's possible reconciliation made headlines some days ago. Ben and JLo were spotted together after the latter's breakup with Alex Rodriguez. Now, Ben's father, Timothy Affleck, 77, opened up about the rumor and admitted he had no idea that his son is back on with ex-fiancée Lopez.
Timothy mentioned that his son hasn't told him anything about his reconciliation with JLo. He also rubbished claims that Ben, 48 has been pining for the 51-year-old actress for years. The rumors of Ben and Jennifer rekindling their romance made headlines after their multiple dates at the singer's Bel Air mansion, before jetting off for romantic trips to Big Sky, Montana and Miami, Florida. The exes reconciled after Lopez called off her engagement with Alex Rodriguez last month.
Ben's father downright denied the notion that the actor was 'fixated' on the thrice-married singer. “I’ve never heard of all that nonsense,” said Timothy. Talking to The Sun at his home in upstate New York, Ben's father added that he was reluctant to discuss the said news reports because Ben has not mentioned to him that he is back with Jennifer. “Of course I’ve heard of her, but I’d no idea about any of this, " he said. "I talk to my kids about their lives when I see them and they share with me what they want to share."
Timothy further noted that he perhaps doesn't have any knowledge of the matter because he has not been able to get together with Ben for months. "I haven’t seen my kids in so long, what with their work and Covid,” he said. Ben and Lopez first dated from 2002 to 2004. Ben and Lopez were first linked together in April 2021 when sources claimed they were "secretly hanging out". This was around the same time when Lopez and Alex called off their engagement after four years of dating.
Last year, Ben called his 2018 divorce from Jennifer Garner "the biggest regret of my life". Ben and Jen have three children together. He blamed his battle with booze for his breakup with Jen. “There’s a lot of alcoholism and mental illness in my family,” Ben told The New York Times. “The legacy of that is quite powerful and sometimes hard to shake.”
Timothy, on the other hand, doesn’t think genes totally explain Ben’s drinking. He said he believes a 'major factor' has been his stardom. “A huge corporate enterprise, which Hollywood is, by its nature is a tough place to make your way and for a global star, which Ben was, it’s even harder, " he said. "I just wish people would focus on the good work my son does in Congo, the women he helps there." Timothy further said, “There are important stories the media should be reporting like that, not this nonsense [about Jennifer]."