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Jennifer Lopez admits to being fearful over dating Ben Affleck again, after he said he was hesitant


Bennifer 2.0 is fast approaching on their one-year anniversary as a couple.

And while Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez appear to be enjoying each other since sparking another romance, the Marry Me star confessed that they ‘had a little bit of fear’ about giving it a second try, considering the fan frenzy that surrounded them their first go-around.

Lopez’s new confessional comes just weeks after Affleck had revealed he was ‘hesitant’ about rekindling their relationship, and all the chaos that would come with it as public people, nearly two decades after ending their engagement.

Some fear: Jennifer Lopez admitted she and Ben Affleck 'had a little bit of fear' about giving their romance a second try after reuniting last spring; she is pictured in N YC in Oct. 2021

Some fear: Jennifer Lopez admitted she and Ben Affleck ‘had a little bit of fear’ about giving their romance a second try after reuniting last spring; she is pictured in N YC in Oct. 2021

‘Before, we kind of put [our relationship] out there,’ Lopez, 52, told People, in a reference to the circus that seemed to follow them during the first version of Bennifer from 2002 to 2004, adding, ‘We were naive and it got a little trampled.’ 

The triple-threat entertainer sounded confident that they could move forward together as a couple now that they have more wisdom as individuals, which comes with age. 

‘We both were like, “Wow, we’re so happy and we don’t want any of that to come into play again,’ she explained.  

‘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. We’re so protective because it is such a beautiful time for all of us.’ 

Fan and media frenzy: 'Before, we kind of put [our relationship] out there,' Lopez, 52, said of their very public relationship the first time around, beginning in 2002; the couple are seen in Los Angeles in July 2003

Fan and media frenzy: ‘Before, we kind of put [our relationship] out there,’ Lopez, 52, said of their very public relationship the first time around, beginning in 2002; the couple are seen in Los Angeles in July 2003

During an interview with Howard Stern in December, Affleck admitted he was hesitant in reuniting with Lopez because he didn’t know how his three kids would handle all the tabloid attention.

‘My responsibility to my children is the highest responsibility. I don’t want to do anything that is painful or destructive to them if I can help it,’ the 49-year-old explained.

The Oscar-winning writer, actor and director shares daughters Violet, 16, and Seraphina, 12, and son Samuel, nine with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, 49. 

The Goodwill Hunting writer and star went on to share how he’s fully aware that any child of a celebrity is ‘a cross to bear’, especially if both parents are public people, like in Affleck and Garner’s case.  

‘I know that my life affects them,’ he told Stern with all honesty.    

The Love Don't Cost A Thing star admitted: 'We were naïve and it [the relationship] got a little trampled'; Bennifer 1.0 are pictured at  LA Lakers game in May 2003

The Love Don’t Cost A Thing star admitted: ‘We were naïve and it [the relationship] got a little trampled’; Bennifer 1.0 are pictured at  LA Lakers game in May 2003

In her new interview, Lopez would also open up about how their new relationship feels very different compared to when they were together when they were in their early-30s.  

‘It’s beautiful the way it feels very different than it was years ago. There’s more of an appreciation and a celebration for it, which is nice,’ she shared. ‘It was, “Oh wow, we’re not used to this and it’s really beautiful.” But also we’re at a different point in our lives and who we were then and what we’ve done in our lives since then.’

Lopez added that she and Affleck are both ‘happy’ to see all the positive feedback they’ve been getting from fans, since they reunited.

 ‘I think people know [now] that we’re artists who are going to be around for a long time and that’s nice and they appreciate that and respect that. I feel that and I appreciate that too,’ the Love Don’t Cost A Thing star said.

Lovebirds: 'It's beautiful the way it feels very different than it was years ago,' Lopez said of their romance the second time around; they are pictured at an LA Lakers game in December 2021

Lovebirds: ‘It’s beautiful the way it feels very different than it was years ago,’ Lopez said of their romance the second time around; they are pictured at an LA Lakers game in December 2021

Lopez and Affleck got together to become the ‘It’ celebrity power couple, starting from mid-2002, after having met on the set of Gili in late 2001.    

They were engaged in November 2002 but their planned wedding was posted just days before their planned wedding on September 14, 2003, which they blamed on ‘excessive media attention’ at the time.

Eventually, they ended their engagement in January 2004 and called it quits soon after.

They were reported to be dating again when they were seen together in April 2021. Lopez publicly confirmed their rekindled relationship in July.         

Love prevails: Bennifer 2.0 was sparked in the spring of 2021; they are seen in September 2021

Love prevails: Bennifer 2.0 was sparked in the spring of 2021; they are seen in September 2021

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