It horrifies us to think that some of you kids might only know Ben Affleck as a legitimate film director, not as the male half of a celebrity mega-couple. Are we so old and Hollywood so ever-changing? That’s the first thought that popped in our heads when we read Jennifer Lopez‘s exceedingly kind words about Affleck…and their experience as a celebrity couple. “[Argo] was a great movie,” Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres today. “And, we got you know, a lot of like … 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.” That is true. There is no arguing that Bennifer was tabloid fodder for years, but maybe it wasn’t entirely the medias fault. So much of Bennifer was such perfect celeb gossip:
1) They had a name: Bennifer was so catchy!
2) JLo’s 2002 “Jenny From The Block” video: Ben Affleck almost tanked his career when he basically made out Jennifer Lopez’s butt in a music video. We are barely joking. Did we mention the music video also fictionalized their celebrity relationship? How could people not flip out over that? Just look at these goof balls!
3) They starred together in two movies: 2003’s Gigli and 2004’s Jersey Girl. They were both huuuuuuge flops. Just to convey how bad they both were, JLo’s character name in Jersey Girl was Gertrude Steiney. Gertrude. Steiney.
4) Their broken engagement: After Bennifer split up in 2003, Ben went on Nightline for his first television interview since their break-up. This what he looked like at that time.
All of which created the perfect storm of celeb couple insanity! Now you know everything that we know, children, so that you too can carry Bennifer in your heart, just as we carry Bennifer’s heart in our heart.
[Photo: Splash News Online]