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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Who Ended their Engagement in 2003 Shared the Reasons Behind their Initial Breakup.

For Lopez, her wedding ring from her former husband Ben Affleck holds significant meaning, encapsulating a profound narrative. As she conveyed, the journey leading to her renewed romance with the Oscar winner, to whom she was engaged in the early 2000s before their split in 2003, was fraught with years of heartache.



Reflecting on what went awry in their relationship the first time, Lopez revealed in her recent documentary, "The Greatest Love Story Never Told," "Ben and I, we broke up three days before our wedding. We had a big wedding planned—14 ushers and bridesmaids—and three days before, we just crumbled under the pressure."

Affleck concurred, attributing the split to "the massive amount of scrutiny around our private life," as he shared in the Amazon Prime documentary.


Nevertheless, both partners acknowledged that calling off their initial wedding propelled them onto individual paths of self-discovery, ultimately leading them back together when they reconciled in 2021. They sealed their bond with a marriage ceremony in Las Vegas in July 2022, followed by a lavish wedding in Georgia the subsequent month.

Recalling their time apart, Lopez expressed, "For all those years, it was really hard because I didn't just feel like I lost the love of my life, I felt like I lost the best friend that I ever had. And I couldn't talk for so many years, and that was the hardest part." She admitted to harboring anger towards Affleck for a period but emphasized how the heartbreak catalyzed their personal growth.


During their time apart, Lopez welcomed her 16-year-old twins Max and Emme, whom she shares with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Affleck became a father to Violet, 18, Seraphina, 15, and Samuel, 11, with his former spouse Jennifer Garner.

Lopez found solace in forgiving both Affleck and herself for past grievances, stating, "I feel like I came out the other side. I've made it through. I've made something good of my life. I'm proud of that," as depicted in the documentary.

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