Ben shares three children – Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 10 – with his ex-wife and allegedly warned them all of his impending proposal beforehand.
Gracious: Jennifer Garner (pictured) is ‘happy for’ her ex-husband Ben Affleck amid his second engagement to Jennifer Lopez, a source said
A source told E! News: ‘Ben told Jen and the kids, so they knew about it,’ echoing an insider who told Us Weekly that Ben informed his ex and children ‘ahead of time.’
Jennifer Garner recently posted an Instagram video proving J-Lo is not the only Jennifer with a knack for dancing.
She and her friend Tiler Peck, a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, whirled around a sunlit backyard together to pre-set choreography.
They both appeared in high spirits as they twirled this way and that to the tune of the Meghan Trainor song Better When I’m Dancin’.
Duo: The source told E! News that Jennifer ‘knows that J-Lo has been a positive influence in certain ways’; J-Lo and Ben are pictured in February at the premiere of her film Marry Me
J-Lo is herself a mother of two, amicably bringing up her twins Max and Emme, 14, with her third and latest ex-husband Marc Anthony.
Along with her three divorces, J-Lo has also had two broken engagements – first to Ben in the early 2000s and most recently to Alex Rodriguez.
She lifted the curtain back on her latest engagement in a newsletter on her website this Tuesday, revealing she was in the bath when Ben popped the question.
‘I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time trying hard to get my head around the fact that after 20 years this was happening all over again, I was quite literally speechless and he said: “is that a yes?” I said YES of course that’s a YES.’
Such fun: Jennifer Garner recently posted an Instagram video proving J-Lo is not the only Jennifer with a knack for dancing
Putting it together: She and her friend Tiler Peck, a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, whirled around a sunlit backyard together to pre-set choreography
Having a ball: They both appeared in high spirits as they twirled this way and that to the tune of the Meghan Trainor song Better When I’m Dancin’
J-Lo also flashed her green diamond ring, explaining that green is ‘my favorite color’ and ‘my lucky color’ and gushing: ‘It means so much when somebody thinks about you and loves you and sees you. And it was just the most perfect moment.’
After a swirl of rumors it was confirmed last May that Jennifer and Ben had decided to give their romance one more try – just after her broken engagement to A-Rod.
Their previous engagement ended 18 years ago in 2004, since when they both married other people, had children and got divorced.
Bennifer, who starred in the flop 2003 film Gigli, had first become a couple in 2002 in the wake of her split from her second husband Cris Judd.
Place to be: J-Lo recently revealed that Ben proposed to her while she was in the bath; she is pictured in a recent newsletter update in her tub
Bride to be: J-Lo also flashed her green diamond ring, explaining that green is ‘my favorite color’ and ‘my lucky color’
Although J-Lo and Ben planned to get married in 2003 they postponed the wedding and then ultimately in 2004 they broke the engagement entirely.
‘I think Jen and I made a mistake in that we fell in love, we were excited and maybe too accessible,’ Ben reflected in 2008.
‘I don’t think either of us anticipated the degree to which it would take on a world of its own,’ he explained on British television.
First time around: ‘Bennifer’ first dated from 2002 until 2004, even becoming engaged; the duo are pictured at the 2003 Los Angeles premiere of their flop film Gigli
Ben and Jen married in 2005 and then welcomed three children before splitting in 2015 and finalizing their divorce in 2018.
Although the Garner-Affleck split came after his alleged affair with the family’s nanny Christine Ouzounian, Jennifer has insisted the dalliance was not to blame.
‘Let me just tell you something. We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny,’ she told Vanity Fair in 2016.
The way they were: Ben and Jennifer Garner married in 2005 and before splitting in 2015 and finalizing their divorce in 2018; they are pictured at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Their co-parenting relationship has been famously strong over the years, to the point of setting off frequent rumors they would reunite.
When Ben relapsed into alcoholism in 2018, she was seen passing him Jack-In-The-Box in the backseat of a car while she drove him to rehab.
In fact, it was Jennifer who is said to have staged the intervention at Ben’s house, armed with a sober coach and a Bible.