Ben Affleck Reveals Why He Was Hesitant to Rekindle His Romance with J.Lo

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Bennifer may reign supreme as one of Hollywood's biggest couples, but believe it or not, Ben Affleck's decision to get back with Jennifer Lopez wasn't an easy one.

Several weeks ago, when he appeared on The Howard Stern Show, the 49-year-old actor said his parental instincts kicked in when he considered the amount of media attention his relationship would attract. He told Stern, "It crossed my mind for sure. 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 Gone Girl actor also got candid about the challenge of raising children with two parents in the spotlight. Referring to his three kids, Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, he said, "I know that my life affects them."

Fortunately, all three kids seem to be on board, because back in November, they were spotted trick-or-treating with both of their parents and J.Lo. An insider told People, "Everyone gets along and the focus is always on the kids. Jennifer, Ben and Jen Garner all wanted the kids to have an amazing Halloween,. The kids are friends and wanted to go trick-or-treating together. It made sense that they all went together."

Meanwhile, J.Lo's 13-year-old twins, Emme and Max, also seem to be on board with this rekindled romance. Back in July, a source revealed to People that the siblings were "slowly getting to know" Affleck, adding that "everything seems to be running smoothly."

The Last Duel star and Lopez first dated back in 2002, after they met on the set of Gigli. Within just a few months, the couple got engaged, but they then called it off in 2004.

Fast-forward to the spring of 2021, and Bennifer officially made their comeback, confirming the relationship with a steamy birthday pic on Lopez's Instagram. The "On the Floor" singer captioned the post, "5 2 … what it do."

It looks like these lovebirds are prepared to make one big, happy family.

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