She's the star of Marry Me, but actually how many times has JLo been married?
Singer, actress and dancer Jennifer Lopez has been involved in several highly-publicized romances over her career, most recently her on-again relationship with Ben Affleck, to who the star was previously engaged from 2002 to 2004 and which kicked off the celebrity portmanteau trend with the "Bennifer" tabloid craze. (Does the famous Bostonian make an appearance in the JLo Netflix documentary, Halftime, out June 14? You'll have to watch to find out!)
But from Sean "Diddy" Combs to Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez, who did Lopez actually say "I do" to? Here's what to know.
How many times has JLo been married?
Jennifer Lopez has been married three times. Her first marriage, to Cuban waiter Ojani Noa, lasted from February 1997 to January 1998. In 2007, she successfully sued her former hubby for breach of contract after he tried to publish a tell-all memoir of their short marriage, per MTV News. She also won a permanent injunction against Noa in 2009 after Noa tried to sell home videos from their honeymoon. (This has Pam & Tommy written all over it!)
Following a high-profile romance with record producer and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, who JLo dated from 1999 to early 2001, her second marriage was to former backup dancer Cris Judd, who appeared in her music video for "Love Don't Cost a Thing." They married in September 2001 but split eight months later in June 2002.
Her marriage to Grammy-winning singer Marc Anthony was Lopez's longest, spanning 2004 to 2014 and two children. The pair still appear to have a good friendship, co-parenting their children and publicly supporting each other. “They’re still extremely close; he’s one of her biggest cheerleaders,” a source told HollywoodLife (opens in new tab). “All he wants is for her to be happy."
Of her marital track record, Lopez said in a Youtube video: “I’ve been married three times and once was nine months and once was 11 months so I don’t really count those.”
“I was married to Marc for 10 years with the kids," she said. "I was very young the first two times I tried to get married. I’m saying tried to!”
“It seems like in this life, like you’re always surrounded by people, you’re never lonely,” she added. “But it’s very lonely. And so you always want somebody with you. Somebody. And so I felt like if I got married, I felt like I would always have somebody. But that’s not how life works. That’s not how it goes. It’s a bad reason to get married! Not the right one. The wrong one! The right one is when you find somebody who really makes you better.”
How many times has JLo been engaged?
Lopez has been engaged five times. Including her three ex-spouses, the 52-year-old superstar has previously accepted proposals from her former fiancé and New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez—who she was in a relationship with from February 2017 to January 2021, becoming engaged in March 2019—and her current romantic partner, actor-director Ben Affleck.
The power couple first met on the set of the 2003 movie Gigli and were together from 2002 to 2004, becoming engaged in November '02. The excessive media scrutiny of their relationship was reportedly one of the reasons the pair broke off the engagement. “We didn’t try to have a public relationship,” Lopez told People (opens in new tab). “We just happened to be together at the birth of the tabloids, and it was like ‘Oh my God.’ It was just a lot of pressure.”
“I think different time, different thing, who knows what could’ve happened, but there was a genuine love there,” she told the outlet. Lopez went on to marry Marc Anthony shortly after the break-up, and Affleck famously moved on with actress Jennifer Garner, with whom he was married from 2005 to 2018 and shares three children.
But that "different time" eventually came around: in April 2021, the "are JLo and Ben Affleck dating?" rumors were back in full force, nearly twenty years after the couple's first entanglement. In July of that year, the talented twosome made it Instagram official and on April 8, 2022, they announced their second engagement. (Now, if you're wondering, "Is getting back with an ex ever a good idea?" our relationship expert has news for you.)
Did Jennifer Lopez get married to Ben Affleck?
According to a source at Us Weekly (opens in new tab), Lopez “wants the formalities out of the way so [she and Ben Affleck] can start their journey as man and wife sooner rather than later.” The insider also suggested that a big wedding was the plan, telling the outlet: "She definitely wants a spectacular celebration at some point and money won’t be an object!”
However, rumors have been swirling as of late that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are actually already married, forgoing a super-publicized ceremony for a private wedding in Georgia back in late May, per blind items on DeuxMoi and Bravo and Cocktails. A May 20th claim on the latter read: “JLO and Ben getting married in Georgia this weekend according to my husband. He said they’ve shut down the Ritz Carlton in Lake Oconee.”
Now, the celebrity couple has not confirmed the rumors and there are no pictures of the union, but social-media stans are arguing that that could be because they've sold the photo rights to a major publication and are just waiting for the right time to release them. Whether they're truly wed or not, we'll just have to wait and see!
Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life.
More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.
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