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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Kiss Through Their Masks at the Met Gala

“In the past, Jennifer’s mom and Ben were very close,” the source says. “Guadalupe loved Ben. She was sad when they couldn’t work things out years ago. She is thrilled that they are back together now.”

“Jennifer is very close with her mom. It’s very important to her that the person she is with gets along with her mom,” they add. “Jennifer loves that Ben and Guadalupe hung out in Las Vegas. They both love gambling and had fun together at the Wynn hotel.”

Lopez in L.A. in June 2021


Affleck in L.A. in June 2021


June 14, 2021: The pair are spotted making out at dinner in a pretty public display of affection—and there’s been no holding back since. 

June 25, 2021: The pair share a private date night at Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio, per People. “They enjoyed Mediterranean food in one of the private dining rooms. Jen looked amazing. They were both in a great mood,” a source tells People. “Ben always looks very happy when he is with Jen.”

We believe it! In one photo from the evening, Lopez can be seen smiling from ear to ear. The source adds, “She spends as much time with Ben as possible.”

July 4, 2021: The pair spend the holiday weekend in the Hamptons wearing matching outfits

July 6, 2021: In a new interview with with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Lopez says she’s having the “best time of my life.”

July 13, 2021: Fans notice that Lopez “liked” a picture of Affleck posted by a fan account. In the photo Affleck relaxes on the set of The Town, looking swole in a Believe in Boston T-shirt. Thirst-ay.

July 15, 2021: The couple are photographed outside a $65 million mansion they were reportedly scoping out while house-hunting in Holmby Hills (a fancy neighborhood of Los Angeles). In the photos, which you can see here, Affleck snags a kiss either before or after their tour of the home. 

However, TMZ reports that Affleck was simply escorting Lopez on her own house tour and that the pair “aren’t ready to shack up together…at least not yet.”

July 24, 2021: It finally happened, y’all! On the pop star’s 52nd birthday, Lopez posted a picture of her and Ben Affleck making out on her Instagram feed. It was the fourth slide of the photo carousel, but that still counts as Instagram-official! It also may be the hottest photo ever taken. 

August 2021: This month has been all about the kids. On August 15, Lopez is reportedly spotted with her 13-year-old daughter, Emme, picking up a few gifts for Ben Affleck’s daughters, 15-year-old Violet and 12-year-old Seraphina Affleck. “When she stopped by the Made by Mary jewelry station, she and Emme picked out several ‘birth flower necklaces,’ including two for Ben’s daughters,” one guest at producer Jennifer Klein’s exclusive Day of Indulgence event tells People, adding that Lopez planned to bring the gifts to Affleck’s 49th-birthday gathering later that evening. 

One week later Lopez and Affleck take a family trip to a performance of Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, according to TMZ. On August 21, they keep the fun going at Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

“Since Jennifer and Ben are in it for the long run, it’s just a natural step that they all spend time together with the kids,” a source tells People. “They are not trying to rush anything, but they want all the kids to get to know each other. They are making the last few days of summer as fun as they can. Soon it’s back to school and work.”

September 2021: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck make their red-carpet debut as a couple. On September 10, the pair get very cozy—and even share a kiss—at the Venice Film Festival premiere of Affleck’s new film, The Last Duel.

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As the pair are leaving the festival on September 11, Affleck plays knight in shining armor when an aggressive stranger reportedly looking for a selfie gets way too close to the couple. Before security steps in, People reports that Affleck blocks the maskless man and pushes him away. See the photos here

Loffleck returned to the red carpet as a couple once again for the 2021 Met gala. The evening’s theme was “In America,” and what is more American than the First Couple of Hollywood making headlines? Standing outside of the Metropolitan Museum, Lopez and Affleck went for another eye-catching first—they kissed, passionately, through their masks. I mean, is there a better sign of the times? 

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