- Jennifer Lopez has been in many relationships over the years.
- The 53-year-old singer and actress has been married four times and has broken off previous engagements.
- J.Lo was married to Marc Anthony, the father of her twins Max and Emme. She's also walked down the aisle with Chris Judd and Ojani Noa.
- Jen married Ben Affleck in a small ceremony in Las Vegas earlier this summer and the couple is planning to host a larger ceremony in Georgia this weekend.
Since she first broke into the industry, Jennifer Lopez has been linked to several high-profile romances. She's tied the knot four times and has also been engaged twice before calling those relationships off.
In a 2019 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, J. Lo got candid about her dating history.
“For me, the relationship journey has been very up and down. But it didn’t have to do with anybody else but me—it was about me figuring out me," said Jennifer. "Until you learn to love yourself, you can’t completely love [someone else] in a way that is pure and true."
A lot has changed since that conversation, including the rekindling of her relationship with her now-husband, Ben Affleck.
Here's a look back at J.Lo's relationships—most of which, btw, ended amicably—and what she said she learned from them.
J.Lo and actor Ben Affleck hit it off on the set of Gigli in 2002, and the pair became engaged less than a year later. The couple affectionately called "Bennifer" called off the wedding in 2004.
Still, Ben told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 that they still keep in touch. "We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice," he said. "But we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an e-mail saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great.' I remember when she got American Idol. I said: 'This was really smart. Good luck.'"
Fast forward to May 2021, and the rumors started flying that they rekindled their romance. And after just under a year of dating (again), Jennifer formally announced their engagement in her newsletter, On The J.Lo.
"We're older now, we're smarter, we have more experience, we're at different places in our lives, we have kids now, and we have to be very conscious of those things," Jennifer told People. "It's a beautiful outcome that this has happened in this way at this time in our lives where we can really appreciate and celebrate each other and respect each other."
And on July 17th, 2022, Jennifer confirmed via her newsletter, On The J. Lo, that she had married Ben in a private ceremony in Las Vegas. "It was exactly what we wanted," she wrote.
Bennifer stood in line for a marriage license with four other couples. They got hitched a little after midnight. She wore a dress from an old movie and they kept things simple.
"We read our own vows in the little chapel and gave one another the rings we'll wear for the rest of our lives," she wrote in her newsletter, adding, "in the end it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined...at very, very long last."
But in their case, what happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas. The newlyweds kept the festivities going with a romantic Paris getaway, and now, with a big shindig at Ben's big property in Georgia.
During a three-day “intimate celebration for family and friends,” Jen and Ben plan to bring their friends and fam together for a Friday night rehearsal dinner, a Saturday ceremony, and a barbecue and picnic on Sunday, per Page Six. And while the event's exact cost is unknown, the couple's event planner is known to host affairs that can hit up to $25 million.
J. Lo is expected to wear a custom Ralph Lauren dress made in Italy, Page Six reported, and I am already fantasizing about the pictures.
J-Rod not only seemed like the ultimate power couple—but each other's biggest cheerleaders. On March 10, 2019, the couple announced their engagement news on Instagram. The couple planned to get married during the summer of 2020—but they pushed back their wedding date twice due to COVID-19 before calling the whole thing off. There were also rumors that Alex had cheated on Jennifer with Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy, but it's unclear if that had anything to do with the breakup.
J-Lo and A-Rod released a joint statement to TODAY that they had ended their engagement. "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” the statement reads. “We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects.” And that they “wish the best for each other and one another’s children."
In late 2016, J.Lo was rumored to be dating the "In My Feelings" hitmaker. She denied the rumors on Ellen in February 2017, saying the duo just worked on a song together and that the photos published on Instagram just showed them "hanging out." (Whatever you say, J.)
Jennifer dated Casper Smart, who was 17 years her junior, for two and a half years.
“It was really professional for a very long time before anything even happened,” Smart said in 2012, per Page Six. “It just really spontaneously happened, I guess. The chemistry was there. You can’t fight it.”
They split in 2014 amid reports that Smart had been allegedly sexting with two models, per Page Six. They briefly rekindled their romance in 2015 before breaking things off for good in 2016.
J.Lo was married to Marc Anthony for seven years, until the couple split in 2011. They have two children together, Maximilian and Emme. Obvs, it ultimately didn't work out, but she told Sunday TODAY that he was always supportive of her career. "While I was married to Marc, he really helped me with my confidence, and he saw where I suffered," she said, adding that Marc often told her she was "a great singer" and encouraged her not to let anyone make her think otherwise.
J.Lo's second husband was dancer and choreographer Cris Judd, to whom she was married for just nine months from 2001 to 2002. They met on the set of her music video, "Love Don't Cost a Thing," which Judd directed. It was love at first sight... for him, at least. "So, when Jennifer walks in, I shake her hand and we kinda look at each other—and in my head, I’m like, 'Oh my God, I’m going to marry this woman,'" Judd told Oprah on an episode of "Where Are They Now?" Ultimately, stress from the paparazzi strained their relationship.
Jenny from the Block dated fellow music artist Puffy Daddy/Sean John Combs (now known as Diddy) from 1999 to 2001. They began dating around the release of J.Lo's debut album On The 6 and–get this—once got arrested together.
Their relationship was reportedly turbulent and full of infidelity, which eventually led to their breakup. "I was in this relationship with Puff where I was totally crying, crazy and going nuts, it really took my whole life in a tailspin," J.Lo told Vibe in 2003. "I never caught him [cheating], but I just knew. He’d say he was going to a club for a couple of hours and then never come back that night." Ouch.
J.Lo connected with her first husband, Ojani Noa, an aspiring performer, when he was a waiter at a Miami restaurant in the late '90s.
Not much is known about their relationship since they divorced in January 1998 after 11 months of marriage.
Sabrina is an editorial assistant for Women’s Health. When she’s not writing, you can find her running, training in mixed martial arts, or reading.