The love life of Jennifer Lopez has been under scrutiny since she first stepped on stage to perform. Her first marriage to Cuban waiter Ojani Noa lasted less than a year and did not end well. Hoping to cash in on her fame, he wanted to publish a book about their marriage, but a permanent injunction against him made that impossible.
Jennifer’s relationship to Sean Combs is well known. It did not last, which might be due to an arrest in connection with a shooting outside Times Square Club in New York. Whilst Jennifer had nothing to do with the crime and was quickly exonerated, Sean Combs was indicted by a grand jury.
Shortly after leaving Sean Combs, Jennifer started dating Cris Judd, a former back-up dancer, whom she ended up marrying in 2001. Unfortunately that marriage ended only nine months later and the couple divorced. Neither of them spoke badly of the other and recently Cris went on record saying that the loss of his privacy during his relationship with Jennifer took a toll on him. He did say, though, that it had nothing to do with the break-up and merely said it just didn’t work out. Jennifer also recently said that she had nothing but love for her second ex-husband, who is happily remarried.
Among her most high-profile relationships is undoubtedly the one to Ben Affleck. The couple famously filmed the movie Giglitogether, which was unsuccessful at the box office. They were engaged for well over a year, but called off a 2003 wedding claiming too much media interference; eventually the split up in January 2004. It’s not quite clear why they ended their relationship, but the pressure of being power-couple “Bennifer” might have had something to do with it.
Ben Affleck famously moved on to marry another Jennifer, Garner this time, and has been happy with her since 2005.
Jennifer Lopez very soon began dating long-time friend Marc Anthony. They met in 1998 and Marc later confessed that it was love at first sight for him. That didn’t stop him from getting married to Dayanara Torres in 2000, with whom he ended up having two sons. But the marriage had problems and broke up in 2002 for the first time. After reconciling and renewing their vows, they separated again in 2003 and divorced in 2004.
It was then that Jennifer and Marc, now both free, became a couple and after a brief courtship secretly married in June 2004. Collaborating frequently, the two became quite the music power-couple. During the final night of their tour in 2007 they announced Jennifer’s pregnancy. It was later confirmed that she was pregnant with twins.
The couple continued happily and very successfully until June 2011. Nobody suspected that there might be any troubles in their marriage. The power-couple continued to power on and thus it came as a shock when they announced their split in July 2011.
Jennifer Lopez recently described how she arrived at the decision to end her marriage after having suffered an unexpected panic attack when she realized that her marriage was falling apart and that it terrified her. She admitted not liking to be alone, which doesn’t surprise given her dating history. But she found that she could no longer continue her marriage and so it was decided. Interestingly it was Marc Anthony who filed for divorce early 2012.
Whilst painful and sad, their split and divorce were amicable, but it also took almost three years for the divorce to be finalized in June 2014. In the meantime Jennifer dated dancer Casper Smart for about 2.5 years from October 2011 to June 2014. Since her latest split she managed to be alone and is not too keen to get back into the dating game.
She doesn’t even know if she will get married again. Having done so three times, failing each time, it doesn’t seem to be on the cards for her again.
Her relationship to her ex Marc is quite friendly and Jennifer said that she was happy for Marc in his new relationship. They are dedicated to their children, whom they are co-parenting, and have nothing bad to say about each other.
Marc recently married model Shannon de Lima, which marks his third marriage. She might be twenty years younger than him, but the couple seemed to be very much in love at the recent Latin Grammys.