Jennifer Lopez thought she was 'going to die' after Ben Affleck split

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By Nasima Khatun

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Jennifer Lopez has recently opened up about how her split from her now-husband Ben Affleck left her devastated.

During an interview with Apple Music 1, the 53-year-old described the moment as "painful," adding that she felt like she was "going to die."

Lopez and Affleck rekindled their romance last year after calling it quits with their previous partners. The lovebirds were one of Hollywood's most iconic couples when they first started dating in 2002, but they ended up canceling their wedding just days before the date was set in 2003.

However, almost two decades later, the couple has reunited - and this time, they actually made it down the aisle, cementing their love in an intimate ceremony back in July.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez arriving at the Premiere of Gigli at the National Theatre in 2003. Credit: Tsuni / USA / Alamy

Speaking of their 2004 split, the 'Love Don't Cost A Thing' singer told the host, Zane Lowe: "It was so painful after we broke up. Once we called off that wedding 20 years ago, it was the biggest heartbreak of my life.

"I honestly felt like I was going to die."

She continued: "It sent me on a spiral for the next 18 years where I just couldn’t get it right. But now, 20 years later, it does have a happy ending. It has the most ‘would never happen in Hollywood’ ending."

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend the red carpet of the movie The Last Duel during the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Credit: Live Media Publishing Group / Alamy

Lopez has also previously spoken out about how she feels to have married the love of her life.

Back in February, the Marry Me actress got candid in an interview with PEOPLE, telling the outlet that she's thankful to have been given a second chance with 50-year-old Affleck.

"I feel so lucky and happy and proud to be with him," she says, reflecting on their romance. "It's a beautiful love story that we got a second chance."

She went on: "We both were like, 'Wow, we're so happy and we don't want any of that to come into play again.' We're older now, we're smarter, we have more experience, we're at different places in our lives, we have kids now, and we have to be very conscious of those things. We're so protective because it is such a beautiful time for all of us."

Affleck has also spoken about his love for JLo, telling Adweek that she's an "inspiration" for him as well as many women, especially women of color.

"All I can tell you is that I have seen firsthand the difference representation makes," Affleck recalled, "because I have seen over and over and over and over, women of colour approach Jennifer and tell her what her example as a strong woman and a woman succeeding and demanding her fair share in the business world means to them."

"I am in awe of what Jennifer’s effect on the world is," he added. "[She has] an effect few people throughout history have had, one I will never know and one I can only stand by and admire with respect."

My Bennifer-shaped heart is extremely warm right now.

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS / Alamy

Jennifer Lopez thought she was 'going to die' after Ben Affleck split

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

Jennifer Lopez has recently opened up about how her split from her now-husband Ben Affleck left her devastated.

During an interview with Apple Music 1, the 53-year-old described the moment as "painful," adding that she felt like she was "going to die."

Lopez and Affleck rekindled their romance last year after calling it quits with their previous partners. The lovebirds were one of Hollywood's most iconic couples when they first started dating in 2002, but they ended up canceling their wedding just days before the date was set in 2003.

However, almost two decades later, the couple has reunited - and this time, they actually made it down the aisle, cementing their love in an intimate ceremony back in July.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez arriving at the Premiere of Gigli at the National Theatre in 2003. Credit: Tsuni / USA / Alamy

Speaking of their 2004 split, the 'Love Don't Cost A Thing' singer told the host, Zane Lowe: "It was so painful after we broke up. Once we called off that wedding 20 years ago, it was the biggest heartbreak of my life.

"I honestly felt like I was going to die."

She continued: "It sent me on a spiral for the next 18 years where I just couldn’t get it right. But now, 20 years later, it does have a happy ending. It has the most ‘would never happen in Hollywood’ ending."

wp-image-1263180627 size-large
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend the red carpet of the movie The Last Duel during the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Credit: Live Media Publishing Group / Alamy

Lopez has also previously spoken out about how she feels to have married the love of her life.

Back in February, the Marry Me actress got candid in an interview with PEOPLE, telling the outlet that she's thankful to have been given a second chance with 50-year-old Affleck.

"I feel so lucky and happy and proud to be with him," she says, reflecting on their romance. "It's a beautiful love story that we got a second chance."

She went on: "We both were like, 'Wow, we're so happy and we don't want any of that to come into play again.' We're older now, we're smarter, we have more experience, we're at different places in our lives, we have kids now, and we have to be very conscious of those things. We're so protective because it is such a beautiful time for all of us."

Affleck has also spoken about his love for JLo, telling Adweek that she's an "inspiration" for him as well as many women, especially women of color.

"All I can tell you is that I have seen firsthand the difference representation makes," Affleck recalled, "because I have seen over and over and over and over, women of colour approach Jennifer and tell her what her example as a strong woman and a woman succeeding and demanding her fair share in the business world means to them."

"I am in awe of what Jennifer’s effect on the world is," he added. "[She has] an effect few people throughout history have had, one I will never know and one I can only stand by and admire with respect."

My Bennifer-shaped heart is extremely warm right now.

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS / Alamy