Where is Jennifer Lopez’s first husband, Ojani Noa, now and what has he said about the Bennifer marriage?

Jennifer Lopez’s first husband has cast doubts on happily ever after for Ben and Jen – but Alex Rodriguez has kinder words for his superstar ex

Jennifer Lopez and first husband, Ojani Noa
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Unless you’ve been under a rock, there's been wedding bells for Jenny from the Block this month.

Jlo - or Jennifer Affleck, as she legally goes by after changing her name - has found happiness in Ben Affleck after the pair, first engaged in 2002, reconnected and got married in an iconic location.

Fans can’t get enough of the happy ending for Jen and Ben, who had quite the history between them but still found their fairy tale ending and it’s proof that getting back with an ex can work… for some.

As the Hustlers actress wrote after confirming the news, “Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at twelve thirty in the morning in the tunnel of love drive through, with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with. Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things-and worth waiting for.”

Despite Jlo being adamant that her marriage to Ben is everything she’s been waiting for, one person has come out and cast doubts on the future of Bennifer, and that person is Jennifer Lopez’s first husband, Ojani Noa.

Unlike Ben’s former flame, Gwyneth Paltrow who is happy for her ex, Jen’s first husband has some harsh words.

Jlo and Ojani Noa were married for less than a year

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What has Jennifer Lopez’s first husband said about the Bennifer marriage?

Ojani Noa was the first out of four husbands for Jennifer Lopez, and he doesn’t think number four is going to be endgame.

Ojani told the MailOnline, "I wish her and Ben the best, but I’m not convinced it will last.”

He added, “Jen loves being in love but she’s been engaged six times and Ben is husband number four.”

"I was husband number one and she told me I was the love of her life - when we lay in bed on our wedding night, she said we would be together for ever."

Jlo and Ben are honeymooning around Europe

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Where is Ojani Noa now and when did he date Jlo?

Ojani, who has worked as an actor and producer, is focusing on his work as a personal trainer now.

Movies of his have included Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy and Eye See Me.

The Cuban born actor was married to Jennifer Lopez for one year, between 1997 and 1998. He was a waiter when the pair started dating, working at Gloria Estefan’s restaurant.

Despite splitting after just under a year of marriage, things weren’t too bad between the pair. According to Hollywood Life, after their divorce, she decided to hire him to manage her restaurant called Madres in 2002.

Luckily for Jlo, another ex of hers has much more positive things to say.

Baseball star Alex Rodriguez (or ARod as he’s best known) dated Jennifer for four years, before splitting in 2021.

They were engaged since 2019 but there’s no bad blood between the pair.

On Martha Stewart’s podcast, Alex gushed about his affection for Jennifer still, saying “You know, Martha, thank goodness, no regrets. Here’s what I will tell you about Jennifer, and I was telling some of my colleagues here the other day: She’s the most talented human being I’ve ever been around. Hardest worker. And I think she is the greatest performer, live performer in the world today that’s alive.”

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