Bennifer is back, but don’t rush to contact your ex, say experts

Friday - 30/07/2021 11:46
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in 2002. Photograph: Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in 2002. Photograph: Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images
J Lo and Ben Affleck did it, but experts urge restraint after lockdown prompts ‘rekindled romance’ dating trend

Relationship experts have warned against romanticising the idea of getting back with your ex-partner, after it was confirmed that one of the most famous celebrity couples of the early noughties – Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck – were indeed back together.

Last week, the actor and singer thrilled fans when they recreated a famous intimate image from J-Lo’s 2002 music video for Jenny from the Block to mark her 52nd birthday, 17 years after their break up.

“Part of what makes the Bennifer [Jennifer and Ben] story so enticing is that it fills a neat romantic narrative: two people who were in love but things came between them and they find each other again 20 years later,” said the dating coach Hayley Quinn.

“Relationships can work and people can get back together at different stages of time, but it is important not to romanticise getting back with an ex. If 20 years have passed then they will be a different person to the one you met originally,” she added, saying that for this reason it was important to “approach it like a blank slate” and not think you’re jumping back “into an old relationship”.

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