What's Going on with Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck? A Timeline of Their Recent Ups and Downs (2024)

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck may be experiencing some tension in their marriage.

The “On the Floor” singer and Deep Water actor rekindled their romance in 2021 after splitting up in 2004. After going public with their relationship the same year, they got married in a small ceremony in July 2022.

However, in early 2024, it seemed their marriage was on the rocks after they hadn't been seen together for over a month. Sources told PEOPLE in May 2024 that Lopez and Affleck’s marriage “is not in the best place at the moment” as they were living separate lives.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's Relationship Timeline

“She likes to open her heart to her fans and to the world,” a music source said of Lopez. “He is more introspective and private. This has been difficult day-to-day.”

From when they were last photographed together to what’s in store for their future, here’s a complete timeline of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s ups and downs in their relationship.

February 13, 2024: Jenifer Lopez and Ben Affleck discuss collaborating on This Is Me... Now: A Love Story

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In February, Lopez was busy promoting her visual album, This Is Me... Now: A Love Story, an accompaniment to her new album This Is Me…Now. At the premiere, she spoke about how Affleck encouraged her throughout the process, believing in her as she funded the project herself.

“I was like, ‘I don’t write, I don’t do this.’ He was like, ‘You do, you write, you direct, you produce, you choreograph, you do all the things,’ ” she said of their conversation. “‘Start stepping into that, start owning a little bit of who you are.’ ”

February 27, 2024: Ben Affleck spoke about not wanting a “relationship on social media” in Jennifer Lopez’s documentary

In the accompanying documentary, The Greatest Love Story Never Told, which focused on Affleck’s support for Lopez, the Batman actor explained how he didn’t want his relationship playing out in the public eye.

“Getting back together, I said, ‘Listen, one of the things I don’t want is a relationship on social media,’ ” he said. “Then I sort of realized it’s not a fair thing to ask. It’s sort of like, you’re gonna marry a boat captain and you go, ‘Well, I don’t like the water.’ ”

Affleck added that the backbone of their relationship was “compromise.” While he may sometimes be uncomfortable being Lopez’s muse, she said in the documentary that he has still been supportive.

“I don’t think [Ben] is very comfortable with me doing all of this,” Lopez said. “But he loves me, he knows I’m an artist, and he’s gonna support me in every way he can because he knows you can’t stop me from making the music I made … he doesn’t want to stop me. But that doesn’t mean he’s comfortable being the muse.”

March 17, 2024: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attend an NBA game together

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Before disappearing from the public eye, Lopez and Affleck enjoyed a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors in L.A., along with Affleck’s son, Samuel.

The couple cozied up to each other courtside, with Lopez even swinging her leg across Affleck’s lap at one point.

May 16, 2024: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are spotted together for the first time in 47 days

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Two weeks after the March basketball game, Affleck and Lopez stepped out for a day together in New York City. However, their March 30 date was the last time the couple were photographed publicly together for 47 days.

Their lack of sightings fueled rumors of tension between the two, especially as Lopez spent solo time in N.Y.C. promoting her Netflix film Atlas and attending the 2024 Met Gala as a co-chair.

The same day that news broke that they hadn't been photographed, Affleck and Lopez were spotted together in L.A. at an event supporting their kids, with both wearing their wedding rings. Photos from the evening showed Affleck picking up Lopez and her child, Emme, after the event.

Though they were seen together, a source told PEOPLE that the couple were not living in the same palce at the moment as Affleck stayed at one of their other properties while filming The Accountant 2. A source close to Lopez also confirmed that the pair “did not celebrate Mother's Day together.”

May 19, 2024: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are seen together again amid reports of tension

Just a few days after they were first spotted, Affleck and Lopez were once again seen in L.A. The pair were photographed in their car and smiled for the cameras as Affleck picked up Lopez outside the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, Calif.

The same day, they were also seen strolling through the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles, near BOA Steakhouse and Soho House. Affleck's wedding ring could be seen on his left hand.

May 20, 2024: A source tells PEOPLE Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s relationship styles “clash”

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Amid rumors of tension in their marriage, a source told PEOPLE that Lopez and Affleck's different outlooks on their relationship caused conflict in their union.

"They just have very different approaches when it comes to media attention. Ben hates all attention and it makes him very uncomfortable. Jennifer has always had a different approach," one source said.

Another source in the film industry added that while Affleck has always “been impressed” by Lopez’s work ethic, he struggled with the public aspect of her life.

"Even though he admires that about her, it doesn’t make him happy and causes stress in his life and then in hers. There is no question their different styles clash," the source said.

A third source in the music industry echoed their sentiments, adding that Lopez "needs that expression but Affleck simply is not comfortable with it."

"After a while it causes tension in the relationship," the source said. "He is more introspective and private. She likes to open her heart to her fans and to the world. This makes them considerably different, and it has been difficult in the day-to-day relationship."

"There have always been clashes in their styles, how they handle issues, and their actions, but nothing has stopped their love over the years," they added. "This is a great love story."

May 20, 2024: Jennifer Lopez steps out solo for the premiere of Atlas in Los Angeles

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Lopez attended the Atlas premiere in Los Angeles solo, sharing a little bit about her character, a driven data analyst, with PEOPLE.

"We are so different because she's like ... doesn't wear any of her emotions. She's so closed off and I am too much emotion sometimes,” she said. “But at the same time we are both very strong and sure of what they feel. At times.”

She continued, “She was very sure. She was like, 'This is what's happening, please listen to me. Please tell me.' And felt very misunderstood at times. I can also relate to that a bit."

May 20, 2024: Jennifer Lopez mentions Ben Affleck during a late-night show appearance

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After the Atlas premiere, Lopez appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and name-dropped Affleck while sharing the story of how she first met Barbra Streisand. She shared that Streisand had commented on her engagement ring “at the time, that Ben had given me years ago” (they were engaged in 2002 before calling it off in 2004).

“'So that's a big diamond,’ ” she said of Streisand’s reply before agreeing, "And I’m like, 'Yes it is.' "

May 21, 2024: Ben Affleck steps out in Santa Monica wearing his wedding ring while Jennifer Lopez promotes her movie Atlas in Mexico

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As Lopez took her promotional tour for Atlas to Mexico City, Affleck stayed behind in Santa Monica. The Gone Girl actor was seen out with a group of guy friends with his wedding ring on full display on his left hand.

Meanwhile, Lopez stunned in an all-white flowing gown on the red carpet at the premiere at the Plaza Toreo Parque Central.

May 22, 2024: Jennifer Lopez evades a reporter's question about her "situation" with Ben Affleck

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While participating in a press day in Mexico, a reporter interrupted proceedings with a personal question for Lopez.

"Is your divorce withBen Affleckreal? These rumors?" the unidentified reporter asked. "What is the truth?Para le press le Mexicana[for the Mexican press], what is the truth of the situation?"

Lopez's costar,Simu Liu, immediately said, "Okay we're not doing that," while Lopez leaned in and looked directly at the reporter, responding, "You know better than that."

May 30, 2024: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck hold hands while attending his daughter's high school graduation

Lopez joined Affleck and his family to celebrate his daughter Violet's high school graduation. They were also accompanied by Affleck's two younger children, Seraphina and Samuel, as well as Lopez's twins, Emme and Max.

Photos from the event published by The Daily Mail showed the couple holding hands. “She seemed upbeat and engaged,” an onlooker said.

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