Ben and Jennifer met almost 20 years ago on the set of Gigli and whilst the film may have been a flop, it was where sparks started to fly.
Whilst recounting their first meeting, JLo, who was still married to dancer Cris Judd, told PEOPLE in 2016: “I felt like . . . ‘Okay, this is it.'”
Jennifer and Cris separated in June and one month later filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences." However, when asked when they fell in love during a 2003 Dateline interview, Jen admitted: “You can’t pinpoint it. We became friends first. That is the honest to God truth.”
Ben would go on to star in Jen's Jenny From The Block music video which he later revealed he regretted.
They're engaged! In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Jennifer proudly showed off her 6.1-carat pink diamond ring, worth a reported $1.2 million and described it as "the most magnificent thing I've ever seen."
"It was traditional but also in a very spectacular way as of course Ben would do it," she said of the proposal.
Mere days before they planned to tie the knot in Santa Barbara, the couple decided to postpone the wedding.
“Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date,” the couple confirmed in a statement.
“When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realised that something was awry. We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends.”
Jennifer's rep confirms in a statement that she had ended her engagement to Ben and asked fans to respect her privacy, but no reason was provided.
Meanwhile Ben's rep stated: "I am not going to confirm anything about his personal life. We don't want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It's not happening from our side."
By this point, Ben had been married to Jennifer Garner for three years whilst Jen had been married to Marc Anthony for four years.
However, the actor revealed on British TV show Live that the constant fame and scrutiny played a part in their relationship breakdown.
“I think Jen and I made a mistake in that we fell in love, we were excited and maybe too accessible. I don’t think either of us anticipated the degree to which it would take on a world of its own.”
Years later, JLo echoed the same sentiments in an interview with PEOPLE.
“We didn’t try to have a public relationship. We just happened to be together at the birth of the tabloids, and it was like ‘Oh my God.’ It was just a lot of pressure . . . I think different time different thing, who knows what could’ve happened, but there was a genuine love there.”
When Jennifer was snubbed for an Oscar for her role in Hustlers, she had one big fan in her ex.
“She should have been nominated,” Ben, who had divorced from wife Jennifer Garner two years prior, told New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes shortly after the nominations were released.
“She’s the real thing. I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her. How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50? That’s f***ing baller.”
When interviewed for Jennifer’s May 2021 InStyle cover story kept the compliments coming.
“She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business. She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”
Could things be back on?
Not long after Jen's engagement to Alex 'ARod' Rodriguez was called off, Ben and Jen were seen at Jen's home and both attended VAX LIVE before their getaway to the Yellowstone club in Montana.
"They were alone," a source told E! News. "Just the two of them."
"[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It's all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy," a source told PEOPLE of the pair who were later spotted arriving back in LA a week later on a private jet.
"She had a great time with Ben," another source told PEOPLE of their getaway. "She is happy with him and enjoys spending time with him."