About a decade ago, Ben Affleck was suffering through a low point in both his career and personal life. The then 30-year-old actor had starred in a string of flops and was half of one of the most nauseatingly over-the-top celebrity couples in Hollywood history.
Since then, the actor-turned-director has successfully revived his career, and his former fiancée, Jenifer Lopez, couldn’t be more thrilled for him -- or so she claims.
On Sunday, Affleck took home two Golden Globe awards for his acclaimed political thriller “Argo” and received a standing ovation from the crowd, which included Lopez.
"It was a great movie," Lopez told "Ellen" during a recent appearance on the talk show. “They were really hard on us in the press when we dated back in the day, on movies and things like that.
"So, it was a nice moment. It was nice to see him have that moment. I was really happy for him."
Lopez also commented on Affleck’s recent achievements in an interview with Access Hollywood.
“I was so happy for him. We went through a rough time at a certain point, and it was like we couldn’t get a break, and now to see him be successful and getting what he deserves for what he did made me feel really good.
“I’m always rooting for him,” she added.
Affleck wasn’t the former Fly Girl’s only ex at the Globes. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who she dated from 1999 to 2001, also attended the ceremony.
Affleck and Lopez (known as Bennifer), who began dating after filming “Gigli” in 2003, became a laughable tabloid spectacle during their 18-month relationship. Everything from Lopez’s $2.5 million pink engagement ring to Affleck’s cringe-worthy “Jenny From the Block” cameo fueled the media’s intense coverage of their camera-hogging romance.
In an interview with the Washington Post last October, Affleck said that the damage the relationship did to his career led to his decision to direct.
“I just thought: ‘This is so gross. It’s destructive to my career, it’s destructive to my soul, to my everything, I want to escape this,’” Affleck said. “I thought, ‘I’ve been wanting to direct for so long; if there’s ever going to be a moment to take two years away from acting and shoot and release [a movie], this is the time.’”
Around the same time, the star told the Hollywood Reporter that despite the difficulty the relationship caused him, he and Lopez have remained friends.
"We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an email saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great,” Affleck said. "I remember when she got 'American Idol.' I said: 'This was really smart. Good luck.' I touch base."
"I respect her. I like her," he added. "She's put up with some stuff that was unfair in her life, and I'm really pleased to see her successful."
The pair split in January 2004, after calling off their wedding. Lopez married Marc Anthony just five months later. The couple welcomed twins Max and Emme in 2008. They separated in July 2011.
In 2005, Affleck married Jennifer Garner, who he met on the set of the 2001 film “Pearl Harbor” and who later co-starred with him in the 2003 film “Daredevil." The pair have three children, Violet, 7, Seraphina, 4, and Samuel, 11 months.
Lopez, 43, is currently dating her 26-year-old backup dancer Casper Smart. The thrice-married star is set to appear alongside Jason Statham in the crime thriller “Parker,” which hits theaters on Jan. 25.
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