Date: 23rd January 2004

Jen and Ben split for good

The on-again, off-again relationship between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez is finished for good.

A spokesman for Lopez has confirmed the split following reports on websites for People and Us weekly magazines.

A statement from Dan Klore Communications said: "I am confirming the reports that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy."

According to the reports the split happened on January 20, three days after Affleck returned to Los Angeles from the Sundance Film Festival.

A spokesman for Affleck has declined comment.

Affleck and J-Lo, together dubbed "Bennifer", were due to marry last September but the 1.25 million ceremony was called off at the last minute. The ceremony was expected to have been held at a private 19 million estate in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, California.

But the couple said: "We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends."

For months there has been rampant speculation about whether the couple would wed or split. Celebrity-watchers suggested that Affleck, 31, had cold feet, and called off the wedding.

Others claimed his alleged bad boy behaviour at a Vancouver strip club had soured the relationship. But the couple were still seen out and about together after the wedding was postponed.

Source: Press Release



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