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Ben and J.Lo’s trial separation

It’s been months since the couple were last seen together as split rumours grow

It was hailed as Hollywood’s greatest romantic reunion, but Bennifer 2.0 has been a bumpy ride, with rumours continuing to swirl that all is not well in Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s short marriage.

The couple have been plagued with problems since tying the knot in front of family and friends at his Georgia mansion in 2022 – and now friends fear they’ve been hit by the Bennifer curse once again!

The 54-year-old singer – who was spotted house-hunting solo last week – hasn’t been seen out with Ben, 51, since March. Fans were shocked to see her at the recent Met Gala without her fourth hubby.

A Ben-less J.Lo was slammed for being “curt” at the Met Gala.

A video of J.Lo’s encounter with a reporter at the event has gone viral on TikTok. Many are questioning why she seemed so short-tempered.

“No one expected her to go to Tom Brady’s roast with Ben last month, but the Met Gala?” says a stunned insider. “That’s like a fun date night for them. He should have been by her side, not back in LA with his ex-wife and kids. It’s very worrying and won’t do anything to stop those awful ‘Bennifer curse’ rumours.”

Ben and J.Lo famously called off their 2003 wedding following the flop of their movie Gigli and a backlash against their alleged “manicured PDAs”. But two decades later, she dumped her then-fiancé, baseball star Alex Rodriguez, to give Ben another chance.

And despite their whirlwind dream wedding, extended honeymoon and a year of seemingly loved-up bliss, the situation has had dire consequences for their careers.

Ben has faced a string of box-office misfires. Meanwhile, J.Lo is under pressure to cancel her upcoming tour due to poor ticket sales. Her much-touted $30 million vanity project This Is Me… Now: A Love Story was also regarded as a complete flop by fans and critics.

Ben was seen with his ex-wife instead of J.Lo on Mother's Day, sparking rumours the pair are separated
Ben has been spending more and more time with his ex-wife – even on Mother’s Day!

“It’s a disaster for both of them,” says a longtime friend. “And a whole new world for Jen, whose tours always sell out. It’s definitely taken the shine off their union – neither of them do well with failure.”

Sources confirm the couple decided to keep their private life as low-key as possible this year over fears of another Gigli-style backlash.

“Jen’s team has been worried Ben’s distracting from her brand,” adds the insider. “But what started out as sound business advice earlier this year – to simply cool it with the double act – is rumoured to have turned into a feature of their marriage.

“They’ve been running solo for months, on opposite sides of the world. She was just in Paris with the kids, and even spent Mother’s Day with friends and not Ben.

“No one wants to see this marriage fail. They went through so much to get to this point – their beautiful house, their blended families and the real feelings they have for each other – but they’re such different people. It’s exactly why it didn’t work out last time.

“She’s a gym maniac, while he loves sitting down and watching the game. She’s a workaholic 24/7/365, but he’s way more laid-back. And she’s a perfectionist, which is bad news for Ben, who can’t write when he’s feeling stifled.

“The only thing they do have in common is they’re both very vain, which is why playing the role of glamorous power couple was one of the thrills of their relationship. With that gone, so has a lot of the fun.

“J.Lo devoted her entire album and movie to this love story. And rumours are circling that the real thing might flop like the screen version!”

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