Ben Affleck Says He Keeps In Touch With Ex-Fiancée Jennifer Lopez

Like the rest of us, he's still upset that she wasn't nominated for an Oscar.

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  • Ben Affleck shared that he still talks to his ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez in previously unreleased quotes from his interview with The New York Times.
  • The iconic duo, known as "Bennifer," were together between 2002 and 2004.

Ben Affleck has been doing the publicity rounds for his new movie The Way Back, and in a recent interview with The New York Times (opens in new tab), he got candid about his relationship with ex-wife Jennifer Garner. He called their divorce "the biggest regret of my life," (opens in new tab) and added: "Shame is really toxic. There is no positive by-product of shame. It’s just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing."

Now, it looks like Affleck also opened up about one of his other famous exes in the interview, but the quotes didn't make it to the finished article. Brooks Barnes, the writer of the profile, recently tweeted some quotes that didn't make it into the piece, which included Affleck: thoughts on his ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez. Said Affleck:

She should have been nominated. She's the real thing. I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her. How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50? That's f*cking baller.

As a reminder, Ben and J.Lo started dating back in 2002 while filming a movie together, got engaged, and then split in 2004—so it's nice to hear that they keep in touch 16 years later.

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And in case you're wondering what else didn't make it into the profile, there was more info about Affleck's relationship with Garner. Affleck also shared:

The first and main thing that I have to say to Jennifer Garner in public or in private is thank you. I want to be really clear about how much I respect her and how much I value the fact that she works with me in co-parenting.

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So, in conclusion, it looks like Ben is on good terms with both of his exes named Jennifer!

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Alanna Greco is the weekend editor at and a freelance writer based in New York. Her writing focuses on anything/everything pertaining to women, from sex and relationships to pop culture and health. She has two cats that she’s still trying to get to like her.