Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have reportedly spent time together for the second time in just over a week, as the former lovers enjoyed a weekend getaway trip to Montana over Mother’s Day Weekend.
Ben, 48, and Jennifer, 51, were spotted driving around together in an SUV according to Monday reports by TMZ and PEOPLE, amid rumours that he’s been spending time at the singer’s LA mansion on more than one occasion.
The actor is a big fan of the luxury Big Sky Resort in the Rocky Mountains, Montana, where he has a home, and used to take family vacations there with ex-wife Jennifer Garner and their three children, Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9.
Bennifer strikes again? Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez spotted together AGAIN as they enjoy getaway trip to luxury ski resort in Montana over Mother’s Day Weekend
On Sunday, Jennifer posted a Mother’s Day snap of herself with her 13-year-old twins Max and Emme and her mother Guadalupe Rodríguez, though it is not clear exactly when and where the photo was taken.
Meanwhile, the former celebrity couple – who got engaged in 2002 but officially split in 2004 – have been seen reuniting with one another following Jen’s split with ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez, and the revelation that Ben has been an active user on the celebrity dating app Raya.
Known as ‘Bennifer’ at the time of their romance, recent reports have suggested that the pair are now ‘just friends,’ though it certainly appears that they have grown much closer over the past few weeks.
Cosy: Ben, 48, and Jennifer, 51, were spotted driving around together in an SUV according to Monday reports by TMZ and PEOPLE , amid rumours that he’s been spending time at the singer’s LA mansion on more than one occasion
Last month, Ben was seen arriving at Jennifer’s home, arriving in a white Escalade SUV that is said to belong to the Hustlers star. He was later seen being dropped off by the singer’s security.
It was reported that the pair had seen each other on three separate occasions during that time, with the Gone Girl actor leaving his car at the Hotel Bel-Air and being picked up in Jennifer’s vehicle hours later.
Lopez and Affleck started dating in 2002 and announced their engagement that November. In September 2003, just days before the couple was to say ‘I do,’ they called off their wedding. Months later the couple broke up for good in January 2004.
It has previously been reported that Montana is somewhere Affleck likes to go when he needs to ‘clear his head’ and once took one-time girlfriend there, Playboy model Shauna Sexton, after finalizing his divorce from Garner, 49, in 2018, after their ten-year marriage.
Last week, the actor was caught up in an embarrassing revelation that he had been using celebrity dating app Raya, after his potential date Nivine Jay leaked a video from the actor where he asked her why she had ‘unmatched’ him on the service.
Weeks before, Jennifer confirmed she had split from Alex, 45, after four years, saying in a statement that they were ‘better off as friends’ amid claims of infidelity.
In a joint statement, they said of their decision: ‘We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so…’
‘We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. we wish the best for each other and each other’s children.’
At the time of the initial split reports, it was revealed Lopez and Rodriguez were focusing on their children – Jennifer’s 13-year-old twins Emme and Max and Alex’s daughters, Natasha, 16, and Ella, 12.
Meanwhile, Affleck split from girlfriend Ana de Armas, 33, earlier this year after one year of dating.
In April, the Gone Baby Gone actor heaped praise on his ex Lopez in a gushing interview, calling her the ‘hardest-working person’ in Hollywood.
Affleck also lauded Lopez’s youthfulness, saying: ‘Why do you look the same as you did in 2003 and it kind of looks like I’m in my 40s… at best?’
He went on: ‘She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business.’
Affleck also told The New York Times he believed Lopez should have been Oscar-nominated for her role in Hustlers.
‘She should have been nominated. She’s the real thing,’ he said. ‘I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her. How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50? That’s f****** baller.’
They were originally set to marry in Santa Barbara in September 2003, but they dramatically postponed their nuptials just one day before the event was scheduled.
In a statement about their decision, which they put down to spotlight they were under as a celebrity couple, they said, in part: ‘We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised.’
Adding: ‘We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends.’
Then, in January 2004, a rep for Lopez said: “Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy.’
While Affleck’s rep reportedly said: ‘I am not going to confirm anything about his personal life. We don’t want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It’s not happening from our side.’
Lopez later said in 2016 that there was ‘genuine love’ between herself and Affleck, telling People Magazine in an interview: ‘I think different time different thing, who knows what could’ve happened, but there was a genuine love there.’
Both parties moved on after the split, with Lopez marrying Marc Anthony in 2004 and having twins Max and Emme in 2008, while Affleck married Garner in 2005, and welcomed three children together.
Lopez divorced Anthony in 2014, while Affleck and Garner divorced in 2018.