COVID-friendly kisses, anyone?
Bennifer are back in full force.
Superstar Jennifer Lopez and her actor-director boyfriend, Ben Affleck, appeared together for the first time at the 2021 Met Gala. For their joint appearance, Lopez wore a daring monochromatic brown ensemble, courtesy of Ralph Lauren, which included a plunging neckline, feathered detailing, a very sexy thigh-high slit, and a coordinating cowgirl hat. Affleck appeared dapper in a classic black tuxedo. Rather than walking down the red carpet together, though, Affleck met Lopez inside the event, where they posed for a few photos together.
Since they were officially inside the museum, COVID-19 protocols were in place and the pair wore protective face masks for their photo op—and even shared a COVID-friendly kiss for the cameras.
The pair’s official debut on the Met Gala red carpet didn’t mark the pair’s first major public moment together since reuniting, however. Lopez actually joined Affleck at the 78th annual Venice Film Festival last weekend for the premiere of his latest film, The Last Duel. The couple instantly broke the Internet with their surprise arrival, and the moment marked their first official red-carpet appearance together in almost two decades.
According to People, the pair are in it for the long haul.
“Ben wants to protect what they have,” a source told the outlet.
“They want to do everything they can to make this work,” a Lopez source said. “Even though their split many years ago was devastating for Jennifer, she has never had a bad word to say about Ben.”
The source continued, “[Jennifer] feels like they’ve been given a second chance.”