In the early 2000s, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were an absolute dream couple. 20 years later it is no different. But it was a long way to get there, as the singer reveals about her happy ending. The former separation from Affleck was “so painful”.

“A happy ending like that would never happen in Hollywood,” Jennifer Lopez summarized her love story with Ben Affleck in an interview with Apple Music. When the couple broke off their engagement in 2004, no one believed in a happy ending. Least of all the singer herself.

“It was so painful. To be honest, I had the feeling that I was going to die,” the 53-year-old recalls the difficult time. For the next 18 years she was caught in a vicious circle “where I just couldn’t get it right”. 20 years later she now knows: “You can get a happy ending if you do the work for it (…) and don’t give up.”

In July, the couple said yes in a small circle in Las Vegas. A big wedding with family and friends followed later.

Their love comeback is now followed by a new album entitled This is Me…Now. It is slated for release in 2023, marking the 20th anniversary of their record This Is Me…Then, which was released in 2002. The ninth studio album “charts the emotional, spiritual and mental journey” that the musician “has taken over the past two decades,” according to an initial announcement for the record. “It’s about hope, faith and true love that never ends.”

Lopez dedicated the album This Is Me…Then, which included hit singles Jenny from the Block and All I Have, to Affleck. The two were in a relationship for the first time from 2002 to 2004, but then married other partners. The new album also hints at the love story with Affleck with titles like “Dear Ben pt. II” and “Midnight Trip to Vegas”, which was finally crowned with a wedding on the second try.