Why Ben Affleck’s Wedding Date to Jennifer Lopez Matters to Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck might have a thing for Jennifers. The Justice League actor was previously married to actress Jennifer Garner for more than a decade. Affleck opened up about his alcohol addiction to The New York Times in a 2020 interview, explaining that his failed marriage to Garner prompted him to drink more (via Hollywood Life). However, in Affleck’s sobriety, he and Garner have ensured that they are now focused on raising their three children as ex-partners. Garner and the kids even joined Affleck, his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, and Lopez’s kids for Halloween in 2021.

“Everyone gets along and the focus is always on the kids,” a source told People. “Jennifer, Ben and Jen Garner all wanted the kids to have a great Halloween. The kids are friends and wanted to go trick or treating together. It made sense that they all went together.”

As Bennifer 2.0 has captured the hearts of Affleck and Lopez shippers, eyes have also been on the couple’s exes, namely Alex Rodriguez and Garner. Lute! News, Garner knew about Affleck’s engagement to Lopez. A source told the media outlet in April that “[Garner] is happy for Ben and knows that J.Lo has been a positive influence in some way.” Though Affleck and Garner have proven they still respect and support each other, Bennifer 2.0’s wedding date has a connection to Affleck’s ex-wife.

A connection between the two Jennifers

According to Newsweek, Jennifer Garner was trending on Twitter after Jennifer Lopez announced her marriage to Ben Affleck. That makes sense considering Affleck filed for divorce from Garner on July 16, 2013, according to Us Weekly. Affleck married Lopez on July 16, 2022, and although the divorce with Garner was not finalized until 2018, the exact date of his divorce was still listed nine years earlier. Though Garner has moved on to businessman John Miller, and Affleck supports and “respects” the new boyfriend, per In Touch, people are still itching for a reaction from the ex-wife.

“Ben told it [Garner] about the wedding, but was told it wasn’t until Friday at the earliest,” an insider revealed (via Page Six). “It was planned very, very minimally in advance and mostly spontaneous.”

Meanwhile, Garner was having the time of her life parasailing on Lake Tahoe, per Hello!, with no indication of how she feels about the newlyweds. Given the Jennifers’ friendly children and the fact that Garner has said she’s happy for her ex-husband, the past meaning of July 16 seems like old news to Affleck and Garner.