Jennifer Lopez felt like she was ‘dying’ after Ben Affleck split in 2004 Jennifer Lopez reflects on Ben Affleck’s split in 2004

Jennifer Lopez reflects on her relationship Ben Affleck as she prepares for the release of her latest album, That’s me now. The album is a follow-up to their 2002 project, That’s me…then. And, like its predecessor, focuses heavily on the star’s relationship with Affleck, her now-husband.

In a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Lopez reflected on the inspiration behind her third studio album. One that stands as an ode to Affleck, her then-boyfriend and fiancé.

Twenty years ago I fell in love with the love of my life. Now the most amazing, most unbelievable, most unbelievable happened… the reason we are here is I want to capture this moment because it’s even better than the first time.

Lopez says her initial breakup with Affleck was “painful.”

Unfortunately, Lopez and Affleck’s initial relationship didn’t have a fairytale ending. As reported by persons, the couple met in early 2002 and got engaged in November of the same year. In January 2004, they decided to end it.

It was so painful after we broke up. When we canceled that wedding 20 years ago, I was — it was the biggest heartbreak of my life. I honestly felt like I was going to die.

Lopez said the breakup sent her on a “spiral for the next 18 years.” And she “just couldn’t get it right.”

Lopez added that the media and tabloid frenzy surrounding “Bennifer‘ also contributed to the downfall of the couple’s relationship — ultimately ‘destroying’ them.

That was part of what was destroying us, was the outside energy coming at us. And we made love, it was hard. It felt unfair at times, but none of us are that person, to be honest, oh me. So we thought, ‘Well, we just have to dust it off and keep it moving.’ And I think, in the strangest way, it motivated both of us to then become and do the things that we ended up doing, which is kind of hyper-ganging. He went into hyper gear and I went into hyper gear. But not together. We had to do it separately…It kind of pushed us in a weird way that we felt like we had to prove ourselves again.

That’s me now

Despite the couple’s split, they still found their way back together — in what Lopez says, that’s “the ending that would never happen in Hollywood.”

But now, 20 years later, it has a happy ending. It has the ending that would happen most in Hollywood. “That would never happen. We won’t write this because nobody would believe it would end.

her upcoming album, That’s me now, will explore her reconnection with Affleck, the current triumph of their relationship, and encourage others to know that lost love can be found again.

We captured me in that moment when I was reunited with the love of my life and we decided we would be together forever. So the whole message of the album is that love exists. This is real love. Well, I guess what the album’s message is, if you’ve been wondering if, like me at times, you’ve lost hope, almost given up, no. Because true love exists and some things last forever and that’s real.

Lopez also revealed that Affleck wondered if the star should be so transparent on her forthcoming album.

“‘Oh, do you really want to say all that?'” she remembered him asking.

“‘I don’t know how else to do it, baby,'” she replied.

That’s me now will be released in 2023. Jennifer Lopez felt like she was ‘dying’ after Ben Affleck split in 2004 Jennifer Lopez reflects on Ben Affleck’s split in 2004

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