Why the Jennifer Lopez/Ben Affleck kiss is a 2000-era reboot we're happy to see

The two have officially rekindled their love after an almost 20-year hiatus

Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck
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Bennifer fans rejoice! Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have officially confirmed that their romance has rekindled. 

For weeks, rumors have flying around about JLo and Ben's relationship status, but it was all speculation—until now. Page Six captured video footage of the two superstars—arguably one of the most iconic couples of all time—making out during a date at New York restaurant Nobu. 

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According to sources, JLo and Ben don't want to hide their relationship from friends and have already talked about their past and what went wrong.

"[They have] talked about the past and why things didn't work out,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “They are both hopeful about their relationship this time around and putting the effort in. They have both matured and are on the same page and it has been easy.”

After seeing the footage, it's clear that Bennifer 2.0 is officially happening—and seeing them together is both a hit of Y2K nostalgia and a cheering reminder that it's not just 20-somethings who can have hot dates in cool restaurants.

Memorable Bennifer moments from their past

J-Lo and Ben were probably one of the most memorable pairings of early 2000s. 

They first met while filming the movie Gigli together, playing two gangsters who fall in love. The movie was a critical and commercial failure, but the romance between the two moved offscreen, after Jen divorced her then-husband Chris Judd in June of 2002. Soon after, she went public with Justice League actor Ben.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez arriving at the premiere of "Gigli

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By November the two were engaged. Ben proposed with a custom pink diamond engagement ring. The wedding date was set for September 2003, but the big day never came. Days before the ceremony, the couple made an announcement canceling the wedding due to "excessive media attention." 

Then, in January of 2004, the pair officially split. 

Now it's nearly two decades later and the pair have grown and matured. Perhaps this time it will be less about paparazzi and flashy engagement rings and more about two people who think highly of one another reconnecting. We can only look forward and hope for the couple's happy future.

Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer who previously worked for woman&home and My Imperfect Life covering lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. Before joining woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.