American actors Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were married at a Las Vegas drive-thru chapel late on Saturday, the culmination of a relationship that spanned more than two decades into two separate romances and made headlines on countless tabloid covers .
Lopez announced her wedding to fans in her newsletter on Sunday with the headline “we did it.” Lopez initially made her engagement public in April in the same newsletter, “On the J Lo.”
“Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out that love is patient. Twenty years patient,” Lopez wrote in a message signed to Jennifer Lynn Affleck.
Lopez wrote that the couple flew to Las Vegas on Saturday, with four other couples queuing for their licenses and were married after midnight at A Little White Wedding Chapel, a chapel with a drive-thru. It was the “Tunnel of Love”. Lopez said a Bluetooth speaker played his brief march down the aisle. He called it the best night of his life.
“Stay long enough and maybe you’ll have the best moment of your life in the drive up to Las Vegas at 12:30 a.m. in the tunnel of love drive with your kids and which you will spend forever,” Lopez said.
News of their marriage first spread on Sunday after the Clark County Clerk’s office in Nevada showed that the couple had obtained a marriage license processed Saturday.
The marriage license filing revealed that Lopez planned to take the name Jennifer Affleck.
Representatives for Lopez and Affleck declined to comment.
Lopez, 52, and Affleck, 49, famously dated in the early 2000s, earning the nickname “Bennifer” before rekindling their romance last year. They had previously starred together in 2003’s “Gigly” and 2004’s “Jersey Girl”. Around that time, they got engaged but never married.
Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005, with whom he has three children. They got divorced in 2018.
Lopez has been married three times before. She was briefly married to Ojani Noah from 1997–1998 and to Chris Judd from 2001–2003. She and singer Marc Anthony were married in 2004 after a decade of marriage and share 14-year-old twins together.