The on-again, off-again entity known as Bennifer is once again off-again, at least as far as wedding bells are concerned. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have called off their engagement.
"I am confirming the report that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck," the singer/actress' spokesperson said in a statement issued Thursday (January 22). "At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy."
The break of the engagement isn't necessarily a breakup, however. Affleck has simply been telling reporters that there are no immediate plans to reschedule their wedding, which had been postponed indefinitely back in September due to what was called "excessive media attention" (see "Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Postpone Their Wedding"). Since then, there have been persistent rumors that the twosome were having difficulties, starting immediately after their wedding plans were canceled (see "Ben And J. Lo Broken Up?"), and then later as Affleck attended this year's Sundance festival alone and Lopez was spotted without her pink-diamond engagement ring.
Lopez and Affleck met while filming the box-office flop "Gigli" in spring 2002, and became a couple as the singer's second marriage, to choreographer Cris Judd, deteriorated. Lopez filed in July 2002 for a divorce, and by November of that year had announced her engagement with Affleck. Lopez and Judd's divorce became final on January 26, 2003. Lopez previously divorced Ojani Noa in 1997, after one year of marriage. This would have been the first marriage for Affleck.
"We never comment on the personal lives of our clients," Affleck's rep Ken Sunshine said.