Ralph Fiennes Was a ‘Relationship Decoy’ for Bennifer in the 2000s

Ralph Fiennes, Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Affleck
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Taking part in his half, Ralph Fiennes recalled being a “relationship decoy” to distract from Jennifer Lopez‘s relationship with Ben Affleck within the early 2000s.

“I used to be arrange,” the Grand Budapest Resort star, 59, revealed throughout an look on Watch What Occurs Reside With Andy Cohen on Tuesday, November 15, earlier than sharing the story behind the paparazzi photographs of him hugging his Maid in Manhattan costar, 53, in June 2002. “I used to be requested out to dinner with J. Lo and her supervisor and her agent … We had a pleasant dinner, chatty chatty chatty. … [Afterward,] I believe I used to be strolling dwelling, however [we gave each other a] peck on the cheek goodnight.”

Nevertheless, simply as Fiennes and Lopez have been saying their goodbyes, “a paparazzi — only one — pops out” and snaps a photograph of the 2 of them. “However one way or the other, the photographs have been angled in order that as she’s strolling away, [it looks like] I’m strolling after her. And I believe it mentioned the subsequent day [in the New York] Publish, ‘It’s Ralph!’”

Regardless of by chance turning into part of Lopez’s epic love story with the 50-year-old Gone Lady star, Fiennes doesn’t maintain a grudge. “My response [when I learned they got back together] was, ‘Good luck to them,’” the King’s Man star mentioned.

The “On the Ground” singer and Affleck fell in love on the set of Gigli in 2002 and have been engaged by November of that yr. Their relationship was highly-publicized from the beginning, and the couple cited “extreme media consideration” as one of many causes that they referred to as off their September 2003 wedding ceremony. They referred to as it quits 4 months later.

“It grew to become a narrative in and of itself. The humorous title, the Jennifer Lopez romance and overexposure of that, it was form of an ideal storm,” the Good Will Searching star informed Leisure Weekly in January concerning the press consideration surrounding the undertaking. “[But] … I did get to fulfill Jennifer, the connection with whom has been actually significant to me in my life.”

Affleck — who was married to Jennifer Garner from June 2005 to June 2015 and shares kids Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 10, with the Alias alum — reconnected with the Marry Me star within the spring of 2021, simply weeks after she ended her engagement to Alex Rodriguez. The Massachusetts native popped the query for the second time in April and the pair tied the knot in Las Vegas in July.

One month later, the couple had a second ceremony at Affleck’s dwelling in Georgia, surrounded by their family and friends and kids. Along with the Justice League star’s three kids, Lopez shares twins Max and Emme, 14, with ex-husband Marc Anthony.

Earlier this month, the “Let’s Get Loud” songstress mirrored on how issues have modified for them since their first try at a relationship. “We have been so younger and so in love at the moment, actually very carefree, with no children, no attachments,” Lopez informed Vogue. “And we have been simply dwelling our lives, being comfortable and on the market. It didn’t really feel like we would have liked to cover from anyone or be actual discreet. We have been simply dwelling out loud, and it turned out to essentially chew us. There was lots beneath the floor there, individuals not wanting us to be collectively, individuals considering I wasn’t the precise particular person for him.”

After revealing that she grew to become “very guarded” following their 2004 break up, the New York native defined that when she and Affleck reconnected, they have been cautious to maintain issues out of the highlight.

“Clearly, we weren’t making an attempt to exit in public,” Lopez recalled. “However I by no means shied away from the truth that for me, I at all times felt like there was an actual love there, a real love there. Folks in my life know that he was a really, very particular particular person in my life. Once we reconnected, these emotions for me have been nonetheless very actual.”