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JLo on Ben Affleck: What We Had Was Real

27 Mar 2016

Lopez doesn't regret her high-profile relationship with the actor

True love is hard to find, and should be cherished while it lasts. Jennifer Lopez is a firm believer in the saying, and says her romance with actor Ben Affleck was genuine. 

The movie stars dated for merely a year, from 2002 to 2003. Their whirlwind romance even saw a short-lived engagement, but unfortunately the two parted ways just one day before their wedding!

Their constant apprearance in numerous tabloids throughout their relationship may have been one of the reasons they called it quits, but despite all the drama, Jennifer insists she and Ben were just trying to be a normal couple.

"We didn't try to have a public relationship," she told People. "We just happened to be together at the birth of the tabloids, and it was like, 'Oh my God!' It was just a lot of pressure."

When they were together, the 46-year-old felt as if she had found her soulmate, but she now admits she looks at the relationship with a different perspective.

"I felt like..., 'Ok, this is it,' (but) sometimes I feel like what you think people are and how you see them when you love them is different than when they reveal later."

And she suggests the romance could have worked if she and Ben had fallen in love at a different time: "Who knows what could have happened, but there was a genuine love there."

Jennifer went on to marry and divorce singer Marc Anthony, while Ben married and is currently in the middle of divorcing actress Jennifer Garner. Jennifer previously admitted Ben was her first big heartbreak, and she credits Marc for helping her heal.

"It was probably my first big heartbreak and to have one of my best friends, who I had known for years, who I actually love and did have chemistry with, come into my life and say, 'I'm here...,' she told U.S. breakfast show Today in 2014. "What you need to know is nobody can save you or heal you, only you can do that for you." 

Looks like JLo isn't so different from the rest of us. Even she knows it takes time to get over your first love!