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TOM LEONARD Will the new Mr and Mrs Affleck defy the doubters and make it happy ever after?

This was, in the finish, a hasty and fairly cheesy conclusion to a courtship that had by no means been low-key or missing in glamour. And something however hurried.

And but for the couple as soon as identified globally as Bennifer — Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck — it was the ‘greatest night time of their lives’.

First, there was a last-minute sprint to the Las Vegas drive-through chapel earlier than it closed, then queueing with different {couples} to get their wedding ceremony licence, earlier than a brief stroll down the aisle serenaded by music from a Bluetooth speaker in the type of deeply kitschy ceremony that appeals to starry-eyed younger {couples} who need to dispense with the fuss to allow them to simply be collectively.

Then once more, this can be a couple who’ve spent 20 years deciding they need to be collectively in a love story which may have Hollywood scriptwriters rolling their eyes in disbelief.

Affleck, now 49, first proposed to Lopez, who’s three years his senior, back in November 2002. He popped the question with a 6.1-carat pink diamond ring that reportedly price $2.5 million (£1.6 million), however the pair broke up two years later. Just three months in the past he proposed once more —she was reportedly taking a bubble bathtub at the time — and the secret ceremony in Sin City on Saturday was the end result.

And having notched up 4 failed marriages (and 5 kids) between them, who can blame them for choosing one thing a little bit totally different this time?

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez acquired married for the second time this week, this time in a drive-through wedding ceremony chapel in Las Vegas

The venue, A Little White Wedding Chapel, is extra of a theme park journey than a traditional chapel: {couples} can select from a drive-through, cherub-decorated tunnel of affection ($50); seats in an Elvis-style pink Cadillac ($95); or a ceremony carried out inside an AstroTurf-floored gazebo festooned with Roman statuary and potted crops ($50).

The Afflecks apparently selected the Cadillac, however saved a number of {dollars} by allotting with the Elvis impersonator to preside over their union. They should not alone amongst celebrities in choosing this cheap-and-cheerful venue during which to make their solemn vows. It has been utilized by a small military of stars together with Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Judy Garland, Paul Newman, Joan Collins, Pamela Anderson, Sinead O’Connor and Britney Spears.

It needs to be mentioned that many of those unions did not precisely final lengthy. Indeed, Britney’s marriage to childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander was over in 55 hours, absolutely a Tinseltown report. But Ben and Jen weren’t about to let that spoil their second.

As revealed by pictures and movies she posted on her web site at the weekend, Lopez wore two outfits for the event; a sleeveless wedding ceremony dress with a cinched waist and a low-cut, off-the-shoulder Zuhair Murad lace robe with a veil.

‘Love is gorgeous. Love is type. And it seems love is affected person. Twenty years affected person,’ wrote the singer and actress on Sunday in a message on her fan website which she signed ‘Jennifer Lynn Affleck’.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were engaged to be married in 2003 when they arrived for the premiere of their new film 'Gigli', which proved to be one of the biggest flops in history

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck had been engaged to be married in 2003 once they arrived for the premiere of their new movie ‘Gigli’, which proved to be considered one of the greatest flops in historical past

Her Oscar-winning groom, the star of Argo and Batman, sported a white dinner jacket bearing a white rose for the ceremony and posted a video displaying his lower than glamorous dressing room — the males’s bathroom, with graffiti-covered mirror. Lopez, 52, wrote: ‘We barely made it to the little white wedding ceremony chapel by midnight. They graciously stayed open late a couple of minutes.’ (It was meant to shut at 9pm.)

The venue was ‘precisely what we wished’ and they ‘stood in line for a licence with 4 different {couples}, all making the identical journey to the wedding ceremony capital of the world,’ she mentioned. ‘All of us wanting the identical factor— for the world to recognise us as companions and to declare our like to the world by way of the historic and almost common image of marriage.’

She added: ‘Then we learn our personal vows in the little chapel and gave each other the rings we’ll put on for the remainder of our lives.’

Just what number of company had been current is unclear. Lopez’s British movie star stylist Chris Appleton was there, in addition to the star’s 14-year-old daughter Emme, photographed lounging in the Cadillac.

Yesterday, it emerged the couple are planning a bigger celebration with household and pals. They introduced their engagement in April this year — with Jen sporting one other large multi-million-dollar ring — and have since purchased a £38 million mansion in Beverly Hills.

No doubt everybody will want the couple all the absolute best as, lastly, they embark on married life, however their mixed historical past would possibly counsel challenges forward.

While Jennifer Lopez undoubtedly has musical expertise, she is arguably not Hollywood’s biggest reward to appearing (she has been nominated seven occasions in the Golden Raspberry awards for cinematic disasters). However, maybe she’s been underestimated as a result of anybody who can stand subsequent to Ben Affleck as he takes his wedding ceremony vows and maintain a straight face is definitely Oscar-worthy.

It was a marriage 20 years in the making but last night it emerged that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck had finally tied the knot. The couple confirmed they had married in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas just three months after they got engaged for a second time

It was a wedding 20 years in the making however final night time it emerged that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck had lastly tied the knot. The couple confirmed they’d married in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas simply three months after they acquired engaged for a second time

He has had a car crash of a private life, with an appalling report on marital constancy. A much-publicised relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow in the late Nineties ended together with her saying that his excellent lady could be ‘any type of stripper at Scores. Anyone that serves chilly beer in a bikini’.

Lopez’s turbulent romantic experiences, on paper a minimum of, should not precisely promising both.

The couple first met in 2001 on the set of romcom Gigli.

Affleck took out full-page adverts in the movie trade Press to pay gushing tribute to Lopez after she’d been accused of being troublesome on set. ‘I solely want I had been fortunate sufficient to be in all of your motion pictures,’ he enthused. ‘With love, respect and gratitude, Ben Affleck.’

However, Lopez had married second husband, dancer Cris Judd, solely that year and rumours of a new romance took time to flow into. Affleck later insisted that their romance did not begin till her marriage to Judd was over, claiming (with heavy irony given his subsequent behaviour) that marital infidelity ‘goes in opposition to the basic code I imagine in and live by: being trustworthy, doing things with which I can live, fairly than be ashamed of’.

Gigli was a dismal flop, regardless of the large media consideration that the affair between its stars attracted.

In July 2002, they had been seen kissing and cuddling at a shock thirty second celebration for Lopez at a New York restaurant at which her new love gave her a bracelet of yellow and white diamonds.

The identical month, Lopez filed for divorce from Judd citing irreconcilable variations. At ten months, that marriage had lasted about the identical size as her first, to waiter-turned-occasional actor Ojani Noa, in 1997.

Bennifer famously smooched in the video for Lopez’s hit single Jenny From The Block, filmed a number of months later and launched in November 2002. In the video, Affleck kissed her bikini-clad backside — a posterior rumoured at the time to be insured for $27 million (£17 million). That identical month, he proposed to her, Lopez revealing the information in a TV interview during which she mentioned he’d gone down on one knee at his mom’s home in Boston.

The new wedding ring. 'Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,' wrote the singer and actress on Sunday in a message on her fan site which she signed 'Jennifer Lynn Affleck'

The new wedding ceremony ring. ‘Love is gorgeous. Love is type. And it seems love is affected person. Twenty years affected person,’ wrote the singer and actress on Sunday in a message on her fan website which she signed ‘Jennifer Lynn Affleck’

‘It’s only a blanket, a quilt of rose petals, throughout the entire complete home,’ she trilled. ‘So many candles, and vases, bouquets. And my music Glad was taking part in . . . I stroll in and I used to be simply, like, overwhelmed.’ As properly as the diamond ring, he gave her a Rolls-Royce and a Bentley.

Meanwhile, Lopez and Affleck instantly launched into one other critically underwhelming movie collectively, comedy drama Jersey Girls, during which she performed his spouse.

In July 2003, Affleck reportedly visited a strip membership in Vancouver. A stripper claimed she and Affleck frolicked with three different lapdancers after he picked them up in the membership.

Affleck denied the claims, however it wasn’t the solely downside in the relationship. The couple could not resolve whether or not to live at his home in Georgia or her mansion in Miami and she had points along with his love of playing. Lopez was reportedly furious after he lost £450,000 in a single night time.

And she discovered that Affleck and buddy Matt Damon — they’d made the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting collectively in 1997 — had visited a Berlin nightclub, whereas the latter was filming The Bourne Supremacy. They caroused till 4.30am, earlier than returning to Damon’s condominium with plenty of ladies.

In September 2003, just some days earlier than their scheduled wedding ceremony in Santa Barbara, California, the couple introduced they had been suspending the ceremony, citing extreme media consideration. By the following January, it was throughout when Lopez’s spokesman introduced she had ended their engagement, including: ‘At this troublesome time, we ask that you just respect her privateness.’

But if she was in mourning, it did not final lengthy. In June that year, Lopez married singer-songwriter Marc Anthony, somebody she’d dated in 1999. ‘All the heartache and pain of my current break-up could not have been for nothing, may it?’ Lopez reasoned in a 2014 memoir, True Love. ‘Maybe I needed to undergo the dangerous so I may find yourself with the particular person I used to be meant to be with all alongside.’

Or perhaps not. Lopez and Anthony had two kids, however separated in 2011 and filed for divorce. Last year, she and baseball star Alex Rodriguez known as off a two-year engagement having twice postponed their wedding ceremony.

Affleck, in the meantime, first appeared publicly with actress Jennifer Garner in October 2004, later claiming that he’d first fallen in love in 2002 whereas making the superhero movie Daredevil collectively, and whereas each of them had been in different relationships. They married in 2005 and had three kids. He insisted he’d lastly settled down and for a time performed the a part of the household man. But his Hollywood bad-boy habits had been ingrained.

The venue, A Little White Wedding Chapel, is more of a theme park ride than a conventional chapel: couples can choose from a drive-through, cherub-decorated tunnel of love ($50)

The venue, A Little White Wedding Chapel, is extra of a theme park journey than a traditional chapel: {couples} can select from a drive-through, cherub-decorated tunnel of affection ($50)

Seats in an Elvis-style pink Cadillac ($95); or a ceremony carried out inside an AstroTurf-floored gazebo festooned with Roman statuary and potted crops ($50)

Affleck — the son of an alcoholic father — claimed to have given up consuming in 1998, however three years later he checked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse. And whereas he has insisted that he has by no means been hooked on playing, he has performed poker compulsively.

His womanising has seen him linked variously with the mannequin Emily Ratajkowski, actress Blake Lively and, most infamously, with the Garner/Affleck household nanny, Christine Ouzounian. His status was such that when Ricky Gervais hosted the 2016 Golden Globe awards, considered one of the greatest laughs of the night time got here when he launched Damon as ‘the solely one who Ben Affleck hasn’t been untrue to’.

Affleck insisted he by no means cheated on Garner, though she later confirmed the affair with Ouzounian had occurred — although she mentioned it wasn’t why they introduced their divorce in 2015.

Sources have since claimed she acquired sick of his playing and that Affleck had secretly began consuming once more. She later mentioned: ‘I at all times say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you are feeling it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s chilly. He can cast fairly a shadow.’

In 2017, Affleck was accused by two girls of inappropriate behaviour. He apologised to an actress, who mentioned he’d ‘tweaked’ her breast years earlier throughout a tv interview, admitting he’d ‘acted inappropriately’. His spokesman did not reply to claims by a make-up artist that he’d as soon as groped her backside.

Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez sit together during Game 4 of the Western Conference Semi-finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, May 11, 2003 during their first engagement

Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez sit collectively throughout Game 4 of the Western Conference Semi-finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, May 11, 2003 throughout their first engagement

In 2018, Garner turned up at his home with a Bible and a lawyer and took him to rehab. The following year, he suffered a ‘lapse in sobriety’ at a charity ball, staggering off drunk with a blonde to a on line casino and shopping for $20,000 value of poker chips. In late 2019, he was filmed stumbling in the road in Los Angeles and acknowledged he had a ‘slip’ after a year of sobriety. He now claims he has managed to remain sober since early 2020.

Reports first surfaced that Bennifer may need reunited in late April final year when — simply two weeks after it was introduced her relationship with Rodriguez was over — Affleck was seen going to and from her LA residence. The following month, they spent per week in Montana collectively, with an insider reporting: ‘It’s pure between them and the chemistry is unreal.’

In June 2021, they had been photographed kissing once more in the Malibu department of movie star restaurant Nobu. By September, they had been holding fingers on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival — and now they’re Mr and Mrs Affleck.

Lopez is teetotal and his pals imagine it shall be useful to Affleck ought to his battle with alcohol turn into a difficulty once more.

Matt Damon as soon as mentioned it could be ‘superior’ if the pair ever acquired back collectively. Only time will inform if their marriage can live as much as that expectation.

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