A modern family. Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner‘s holiday plans may seem “strange” to most, but to them, it’s the perfect way to celebrate Christmas.
A source told OK! magazine on November 17, 2021, that Ben plans to spend the holidays with both his girlfriend, J-Lo, and his ex-wife, Jen, and their two sets of kids. “Christmas is all about the kids. Despite being totally opposites, Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez have bonded over the children,” the insider said. “It might sound strange to spend the holidays with your ex-husband’s new girlfriend, but Jennifer doesn’t care what other people think.”
J-Lo has two kids with ex-husband, Marc Anthony: 13-year-old twins, Maximilian and Emme. Ben and Jen, who divorced in 2018 after 13 years of marriage, share three kids: daughters Violet, 13, and Seraphina, 12, and son, Samuel, 9. While the source notes that J-Lo and Jen “get along,” the insider confirms that it’s “very unlikely” the two will become best friends. “If the kids can get along then why can’t the parents?” the source said. “I doubt you are ever going to see Jennifer pop up in a J-Lo music video or hanging out at a Versace fashion show together. Just like the chances of J-Lo baking cookies with Jennifer before heading to book club together is very unlikely.”
The news of Ben, J-Lo and Jen’s holiday plans comes after the trio were seen trick-or-treating with their kids on Halloween. A source told Radar Online at the time that Jen contacted J-Lo to meet once she realized how “serious” the “Jenny From the Block” singer was with her ex-husband. “Once it was clear that Ben and Lopez were serious about getting back together, Jennifer reached out,” the insider said. “When you have children with an ex and that person starts dating again, all three of you are linked together like it or not. Jennifer was determined to make sure that she had a relationship with J. Lo, if for nothing else, so that things were not awkward for her kids.”
The source went on to note that, while J-Lo and Jen have “different” personalities, they do share a common “love for their children.” “J-Lo and Jennifer couldn’t be more different, but they do share one thing in common which is their love for their children,” the insider said.”They have found common ground. They will never be best friends but they both will always do what is best for their children.”
Ben and J-Lo, who starred in movies like Gigli and Jersey Girl together, first dated from 2001 to 2004. They got engaged in 2002 before their split two years later. The two got back together in April 2021 after J-Lo’s split from her then-fiance, Alex Rodriguez, after four years together. In an interview with TODAY in November 2021, J-Lo—who has been married three times—revealed whether she would want to tie the knot again. “I don’t know,” she said at the time. “Yeah, I guess. You know me, I’m a romantic, I always have been, a few times. I still believe in happily ever after, for sure, 100%.”
For more about J-Lo’s life, check out True Love by Jennifer Lopez. The 2014 memoir covers the “Jenny on the Block” singer’s career and personal life, from her start as a dancer to when she became a mom of two twins with her now-ex-husband Marc Anthony. In the book, which includes more than 200 personal photographs from J-Lo’s never-before-seen collection, the Selena actress writes about how “she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been” to become the pop icon we know today.
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