While most celeb couples avoid each other like the plague after they split, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck join a line of celebs, including Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, who remain buds. The two, who have quite a lot of history together (dated from 2002 to 2004, were engaged, started the whole name blend trend with “Bennifer,” Affleck actually laid one on J.Lo’s booty in her “Jenny From the Block” video), have been cool with each other post breakup. Here are five ways they've managed to stay friends.
1. Ben & JLo Friendship 1
They still exchange emails. In his October 2012 cover story in The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck dropped some pretty juicy deets about his current relationship with Lopez, who called off their wedding in Sept. 2003 before officially ending their engagement in Jan. 2004.
"We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an e-mail saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great,'” he said. “I remember when she got American Idol. I said: 'This was really smart. Good luck.' I touch base. I respect her. I like her. She's put up with some stuff that was unfair in her life, and I'm really pleased to see her successful."
2. Ben & JLo Friendship 2
J.Lo’s super supportive. She was said to be “beaming” at Sunday’s Golden Globes after her ex-fiance won Best Director for his film Argo and told Ellen DeGeneres that she couldn’t be happier for Ben.
“It [Argo] was a great movie,' the 43-year-old told Ellen. “And, we got you know, a lot of like…they were really hard on us in the press when we dated back in the day. On movies and things like that. So it was a nice moment. It was nice to see him have that moment. I was really happy for him.”
3. Ben & JLo Friendship 3
They’ve both moved on. Affleck has been married to Jennifer Garner for seven years and they have three children together. J.Lo recently told People her younger man Casper Smart, 25, helped her heal after her divorce from Marc Anthony, whom she has twins with, in 2012.
4. Ben & JLo Friendship 4
He’s honest. In addition to telling The Hollywood Reporter he still keeps in touch with Lopez, Affleck also came clean about keeping in touch with other exes, including Gwyneth Paltrow and even a high school sweetheart named Cheyenne Rothman.
5. Ben & JLo Friendship 5
Lopez’s mom, Guadalupe, still reaches out to Affleck. In 2011, People reported that Guadalupe and Affleck exchanged emails about J.Lo’s crumbling marriage to Marc Anthony. While we’re not sure how happy we’d be if we were J.Lo, we understand parents often get attached to our exes.