On December 18, the singer told People that “this story is simply not true,” adding, “it is not how I feel. Lopez was engaged to Affleck back in 2002 until the pair called off the wedding in 2004. Nearly 20 years later, they reunited in April 2021 and have been hot and heavy ever since.
“I couldn’t have more respect for Ben as a father, a co-parent, and a person,” she told People.
This clarification comes after Affleck, who was married to actor Jennifer Garner from 2005-2018, made some controversial comments about his marriage and alcohol abuse during a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show.
“I’d probably still be drinking,” Affleck said on the show, per People, referring to if he was still married to Garner. “It’s part of why I started drinking…because I was trapped. I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’ And what I did was drink a bottle of Scotch and fall asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”
“The truth was, we took our time, we made the decision. We grew apart. We had a marriage that didn’t work,” Affleck said, according to ABC News. “This happens.”
Shortly after the quotes went viral, a source told Page Six that Jennifer Lopez was “pissed” over the situation. “[Lopez] is pissed,” the source said. “She is getting pulled into this because she is dating him. She doesn’t want to be dragged into this.”
They continued, “She has met Jennifer Garner. She is trying to get to know her and Ben’s kids.”
However, another source at the time told Page Six, “This is simply not true and the focus is on the children.”
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 15, Affleck addressed the Howard Stern interview and suggested that the media “made it seem as if I was saying the exact opposite of what I said.”
“I had gone on and said how much we respect each other and cared about each other and cared about our kids and put them first and went through our stuff,” Affleck told Kimmel, per E! Online. He added that the following reports that he “blamed my ex-wife for my alcoholism and that I was trapped in this marriage” were not true and “just made me out to be like the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy.”
He continued, “That’s not true. I don’t believe that. It’s the exact opposite of who I am, what I believe and I would never want my kids to think I would ever say a bad word about their mom…it hurts my feelings.”