- Ben Affleck said Jennifer Lopez (opens in new tab) received "sexist, racist" media coverage during their relationship and engagement.
- "You know, there's always a story of the month, and me dating Jennifer Lopez happened to be that tabloid story at the time when that business grew exponentially," Affleck said on the Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast.
- "People were so fucking mean about her—sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious shit was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said," he continued.
Ben Affleck discussed the media fixation on his relationship with Jennifer Lopez in a new interview, reflecting on the "sexist, racist" coverage Lopez received in the tabloids. Speaking on the Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast (opens in new tab), Affleck revisited his high-profile relationship with Lopez, who he dated from 2002 to 2004, and applauded the actor, musician, and businesswoman for her astonishing, decades-long career.
"You know, there's always a story of the month, and me dating Jennifer Lopez happened to be that tabloid story at the time when that business grew exponentially," Affleck said. "People were so fucking mean about her—sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious shit was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said."
"Now it's like, she's lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished—as well she fucking should be! I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez's career and being who she is at 50 years old today."
Back in 2017, Lopez spoke about the end of her relationship with Affleck (opens in new tab), as well as the critically eviscerated 2005 movie Gigli in which the then-couple starred. "I was eviscerated," she told Vanity Fair."I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything."
"My relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world," Lopez continued. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again."
Affleck, who is now dating actor Ana de Armas, also shot down accusations that he deliberately engages in "pap walks" for publicity in his Hollywood Reporter interview. "Still, to this day, [some] will go, 'I see you out there in the paparazzi and the pictures!'" he said. It's like, 'Yes, I left my house and took out the trash. It's not like I'm trying to—' And it's still like, 'You were taking a pap walk!' As if, if you leave your house, you're only doing so in the hope that you could be so lucky that you could end up as the sixth item in The Daily Mail. It's absurd!"
Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
Black Friday Beauty Deals Live: Sephora, Charlotte Tilbury, Dyson, and More
We hunted down the best beauty deals of Black Friday weekend so you don't have to.
By Jenny Hollander
Blackhead Removers for Clearer, Cleaner Skin
By Samantha Holender
I’m a Shopping Editor Who Loves a Sale—Here’s What's in My Cart for Black Friday
I've done the digging so you don't have to.
By Humaa Hussain
Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?'
The 'Modern Family' stars reunited for the 'Pitch Perfect' spinoff series.
By Brooke Knappenberger
The 78 Best Celebrity Couple Halloween Costumes of All Time
Honestly, we're impressed.
By Charlotte Chilton
Super Rare Photos of Queen Elizabeth as a Young Woman
From childhood snapshots to portraits as a young princess, beautiful and rare photos of the late Queen Elizabeth as a young woman.
By Mehera Bonner
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla's Relationship: A Timeline
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles has ascended to the throne as king.
By The Editors
Who Is Next in Line for the British Throne, Explained
And yes—Harry and Archie are still in the line of succession.
By Andrea Park
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Fiancé Riley Roberts?
AOC's husband-to-be is an "easygoing redhead" who lives with her in D.C.
By Katherine J Igoe
68 Times the Kardashians Posed Fully Nude and Owned It
And we mean fully nude—as in, not a shred of clothing.
By Bianca Rodriguez
Who Is Jonathan Owens, Simone Biles's Fiancé and NFL Player?
"The easiest yes!" Simone wrote about the couple's engagement.
By The Editors