Jennifer Lopez gets candid about 'emotional transition' after blending families with Ben Affleck
HAMPTON ISLAND, GEORGIA: Jennifer Lopez spoke candidly about the "emotional shift" of combining her family with that of her husband Ben Affleck. In a recent interview with Today, 'Marry Me' actress, 53, talked about the "emotional transition" into the process of blending her 14-year-old twins Emme and Max with Affleck's three children: Violet, 17, Seraphina, 14, and Samuel, 10 while promoting her new film 'Shotgun Wedding' with co-star Josh Duhamel on Monday, January 16. Lopez went on to label 2022 "a wonderful year" for their A-list family.
“It’s been, like, a really kind of emotional transition, but at the same time all your dreams coming true. And it’s just been a phenomenal year. Like, my best year I think since my kids were born,” she told Today. Duhamel also praised Affleck, saying he’s a “dreamboat” who’s “talented,” to which the singer agreed saying "he’s dreamy.” Lopez and her ex-husband Marc Anthony, 54, are parents to Lopez's twins, while Affleck and his ex-wife Jennifer Garner, 50, are parents to Affleck's three kids.
"And it's just been a phenomenal year," gushed the multi-hyphenate superstar. "Like, my best year I think since my kids were born." "I love Ben too though," said Duhamel, who then looked at Jennifer and joked, "I've probably loved him longer than you have." "I bet you have," giggled Lopez. "He's dreamy, I get it."
The album 'This Is Me... Then', which Lopez recorded while dating Affleck, was released in 2002. She intends to release a new album called 'This Is Me... Nowwhich she claims captures the development of the relationship. “The last time Ben and I were together, to this album, it’s been such a journey,” she said. “The thing that I think I’ve been wondering about my whole life is, is love real? Does true love exist? It’s two people kind of coming together and saying, you know, ‘I’m going to be here, no matter what. And we’re going to get through it together.’”
The 'Shades of Blue' actress disclosed last year that she and the Oscar winner had reconnected following her breakup from ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez, which she announced in April 2021. Before the romance became public later that year, Lopez and Affleck started talking and meeting up at their own homes. “Obviously, we weren’t trying to go out in public,” the “Waiting for Tonight” singer told Vogue in November 2022. “But I never shied away from the fact that for me, I always felt like there was a real love there, a true love there. People in my life know that he was a very, very special person in my life. When we reconnected, those feelings for me were still very real.”
Almost two decades after their initial engagement ended in a tabloid feast, the couple's fairytale union was eventually confirmed six months ago when they got married in July in Las Vegas.