What Jennifer Lopez's Friends Think Of Her Reunion With Ben Affleck

Following the wild ride that was the year 2020, it's hard to feel genuinely surprised by anything anymore. Even so, the possible reconnection of ex-fiances Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck has thrown plenty of folks for a loop. Lopez was fresh from a breakup with her fiance of two years Alex Rodriguez, while Ben Affleck was fresh off an undated viral video of himself asking a woman why she unmatched him on the dating app Raya. No one was expecting a Bennifer reboot.

Nevertheless, according to Us Weekly, Affleck was spotted at Lopez's Los Angeles home on multiple occasions following her breakup with Rodriguez. And the pair even spent several days together in Montana over Mother's Day weekend.

Maybe Lopez is turning to the familiar arms of an ex in order to help cope with a difficult breakup. (Who among us hasn't?) But then again, could it be something more? Here's what her friends have to say.

Maybe Bennifer never really left

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck rekindling their romance 17 years after ending their engagement may have come as a surprise to all of us, but J.Lo's friends don't seem quite as shocked. Lopez and Affleck have "always loved each other," a source close to Lopez told Us Weekly, and added, "People close to her won't be surprised if they end up together."

According to a second pal, the two have always stayed friends, and after sparks flew following a "heart-to-heart," their relationship has begun to progress beyond friendship.

As a matter of fact, sources have been talking about Lopez and Affleck's long-standing strong connection for a while. "[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It's all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy," a source told People on May 10. And according to another, "They have a lot of love for each other. They have always admired each other." And perhaps no one is as excited about the pair getting back together than the internet.

What do the pair's exes think of their rekindling?

Jennifer Lopez is known for maintaining cordial relationships with her exes, notably former husband Marc Anthony — although the current situation with Ben Affleck appears to be just a tad more than "friendly." Lopez and Anthony have successfully co-parented twins Emme and Max since their split in 2011, and People reported that the "World of Dance" judge has been leaning on Anthony for support in the wake of her breakup with Rodriguez. Therefore, it's not such a stretch to imagine he's happy for her to reconnect with Affleck.

However, the same can't be said of Rodriguez. A source close to the retired athlete told E! News that he is "shocked she's moved on so quickly." The insider continued, "He truly thought they would be able to make it work and reconnect. He has been reaching out to J.Lo trying to meet with her and she has been very short with him." Count that as one less supporter in the Bennifer camp!

Much like Anthony, Affleck's former spouse Jennifer Garner appears to wish him all the best in his relationship with Lopez, whether platonic or otherwise. According to Entertainment Tonight, Garner "isn't bothered by Ben hanging out with J.Lo or anyone else" and "wants what is best for Ben."

What does the internet think of Bennifer?

While Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's former flames approve of Bennifer (for the most part), their biggest supporter might be Twitter itself. When news broke on May 10, 2021 that the pair had spent Mother's Day weekend at the same resort in Big Sky, Mont., where they were spotted "driving around together" (via TMZ), the internet all but exploded. 

Fans wasted no time in taking to Twitter to share their reactions to Bennifer 2.0. "The fact that Bennifer is a thing again is nature's way of resetting after the Trump administration," one user wrote. Another suggested that the duo deserved a new moniker this time around: "If bennifer is back can we call them jenjamin this time."

Other fans pointed out the fact that the former fiances have reunited at the same time that the Brood X cicadas have emerged after being underground since 2004. "Cicada brood is here, bennifer is back, all we need is an Usher song of the summer and I'm ready for you 2004," a tweeter said. In short, what decade are we living in? No one seems too bothered about taking a time machine back to the 2000s if it means a second chance for this fan-favorite couple.