J. Lo confirms her engagement to Ben Affleck
In an announcement that will surprise no one, Jennifer Lopez is confirming that she and Ben Affleck are engaged. The proclamation comes as part of Diane Sawyer’s interview with J. Lo, which airs Wednesday on ABC’s ”PrimeTime: Special Edition.” According to excerpts from the interview released by ABC, when asked if she and her ”Jersey Girl” costar are betrothed, she says, ”Yes,” then goes on to praise her hubby-to-be, saying, ”He is brilliantly smart…. Loving. Charming. Affectionate. And I just admire him in every way. I respect him; I feel like he teaches me things.”
Affleck and Lopez met a year ago when they costarred in the upcoming film ”Gigli.” This summer, after J. Lo announced her split from dancer/choreographer Cris Judd after less than a year of marriage, she and Affleck reunited for Kevin Smith’s ”Jersey Girl,” in which they play a married couple.
Smith watched the reel romance blossom into real romance, writing in his online production diary, ”If you’re ever shooting a movie about two people falling in love, I can’t urge you strongly enough to cast a pair of people who are actually falling in love. The chemistry between Ben and Jen is so palpable; you could almost bottle it and sell it as an aphrodisiac.” In recent weeks, she’s been showing off a large pink diamond, which she acknowledged was a gift from Affleck, but when asked if it was an engagement ring, she would say only that an announcement would be coming soon.
Lopez’s divorce from Judd won’t be final until Jan. 26, clearing the way for a rumored Valentine’s Day wedding. (Lopez did not confirm a wedding date or venue to Sawyer, though she acknowledged the couple had visited a church in Boston, across the river from where Affleck grew up in Cambridge.) The marriage will be the first for Affleck, 30, and the third in six years for Lopez, 32, whose first marriage, to waiter-turned-restaurateur Ojani Noa, was as short-lived as her second.