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Just under a year after they went Instagram-official, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are married.
This may seem like a short timeline, but you can't forget that the two first started dating in 2002, a whopping 20 years ago. They were engaged that same year, postponed their 2003 wedding because of overwhelming media attention, then broke up in 2004.
Lopez went on to marry Marc Anthony, with whom she shares twins Max and Emme, while Affleck married Jennifer Garner, with whom he shares kids Violet, Samuel and Seraphina.
The singer, actress and entrepreneur shared the happy news in her newsletter On The JLo, opening with the very poetic, "We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient." Loving the hint of humor there!
Describing the ceremony, Lopez continued, "Exactly what we wanted. Last night we flew to Vegas, stood in line for a license with four other couples, all making the same journey to the wedding capital of the world."
Elvis, sadly, was not privy to the celebrations: "We barely made it to the little white wedding chapel by midnight. They graciously stayed open late a few minutes, let us take pictures in a pink Cadillac convertible, evidently once used by the king himself (but if we wanted Elvis himself to show, that cost extra and he was in bed)," Lopez added.
The star concluded, "They were right when they said, 'all you need is love.' We are so grateful to have that in abundance, a new wonderful family of five amazing children and a life that we have never had more reason to look forward to.
"Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at twelve thirty in the morning in the tunnel of love drive through, with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with.
"Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things—and worth waiting for."
She signed off, "Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck," implying that she is taking her new husband's name—which means she's no longer Jennifer Lopez, which means she'll no longer be J. Lo??? That's a habit that will take a while to shake.
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.
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