Lip Reader Claims Jennifer Lopez Told Ben Affleck to "Look More Friendly" at the Grammys

They looked super tense.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck seen during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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Sadly, Ben Affleck didn't have the night of his life at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The actor quickly became a meme and talking point after photos of him looking seemingly miserable during the star-studded event started to pop up everywhere on the internet.

Now, it's a video of a tense-looking interaction between Affleck and his wife Jennifer Lopez that's making the rounds, and everyone has a theory as to what exactly happened there, and what was said.

In the seconds-long clip, Affleck leans in to whisper something in his wife's ear, and her reaction is to jerk away, looking irritated and turning her back to her husband. Seconds later, she smiles at some people off camera.

In an attempt to figure out what the two said to each other, the Daily Mail commissioned a lip reader to interpret Lopez' words. This person claimed that the singer said, "Stop. Look more friendly. Look motivated."

The lip reader further claimed that Affleck answered, "I might."

Meanwhile, amateur lip readers on Twitter believe Lopez actually said, "Sit straight."

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Let's all pause a second here to reconvene. I want to emphasize that we can't know for sure what happened during that exchange, nor the words the spouses exchanged.

Also, there are a ton of reasons why things could have looked tense between the two, including the possibility that they were actually completely fine and we're all making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Anyway, in case you didn't follow the couple's love story as disturbingly closely as I did, they made headlines in mid-2021 when they reconnected almost two decades after their separation, then rapidly became engaged and married in 2022.

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Bustle and Shape. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.