Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first began dating in 2002, after they had both starred in the film Gigli. Their relationship was highly publicized and often referred to as “Bennifer” by the media.
The couple became engaged in November of 2002, but their engagement ended in early 2004. Despite their split, the two appeared together on the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and even performed a skit which included J-Lo singing “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”
In 2004, Lopez began dating Marc Anthony, who she later married and divorced. However, in late 2020, Lopez and Affleck reignited their romance. They were spotted vacationing together multiple times and have been seen out on date nights around Los Angeles.
It appears that the former couple are very happy together and are enjoying getting to know each other again after all these years.
Celebrating Their Love
After a few months of dating, the couple made headlines around the world when they each decided to get a tattoo that celebrated their relationship. Both got inkings on their wrists with the Latin phrase “Quod me nutrit me destruit,” which translates as “What nourishes me destroys me.”
The tattoos served as a reminder of how short-lived fame can be and how easily it can be lost if not respected.
The matching tattoos were designed by the renowned tattoo artist Mark Mahoney at Shamrock Social Club in Los Angeles. Lopez opted for a red color while Affleck chose black to complement his skin tone. The intricate design of intertwining circles and lines was meant to represent the complexity of their relationship as well as its strength.
According to some reports, both stars had been wanting to get tattoos for awhile but couldn’t decide on ones that would match until they looked at this design from Mahoney’s portfolio. “I thought it was really cool that we both got something similar yet unique enough for us both individually,” Lopez said in an interview about the experience.
A Symbol Of Their Love
The tattoos have since become iconic symbols of the couple’s time together, although their romance did not last after several months of dating. The inklings still serve as a reminder of Lopez and Affleck’s passionate connection despite being apart today.
They both keep their tattoos uncovered so people can remember what once was between them. This tattoo is a memory, etched onto their bodies that is going to stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of either actor, there is no denying that these two celebrities courageously decided to make such an intimate decision together (even if only temporarily).
It takes courage and self- confidence to make these kinds of decisions, and Lopez and Affleck certainly proved their commitment to each other all those years ago with this symbolic body art choice!