Jennifer Lopez recently appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where she candidly discussed the stress and trauma she experienced while planning her recent wedding to actor Ben Affleck. The interview, which primarily centered around her new movie "Shotgun Wedding," took a poignant turn as Lopez delved into the emotional turmoil she faced leading up to her nuptials.
A History of Heartbreak: Reflecting on the Past
Lopez, who had previously been engaged to Affleck in 2003 before their relationship ultimately fell apart, revealed that the prospect of planning a wedding with him once again brought up unresolved emotions and memories.
“We were planning to get married in August in Savannah [Georgia],” she recounted during the show. "That was like, the family's gonna be there, everybody's gonna be there. And it was so stressful." The singer-actress went on to reveal that the intense stress and pressure of planning a wedding brought on feelings of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“And a month before — and I don’t know if you guys know this, but 20 years ago, we were supposed to get married, and it kinda all fell apart back then, and this time, it was like we, I, absolutely had a little PTSD,” Lopez shared.
A Wedding in the Spotlight: Navigating the Media Frenzy
As Lopez and Affleck began planning their wedding, they found themselves facing a daunting obstacle: the intense media and paparazzi attention that surrounded their relationship.
The couple had originally planned to wed at Affleck's Riceboro estate, but the prospect of dealing with the intense scrutiny and intrusion proved to be overwhelming. Lopez considered other options, including a destination wedding in Italy, but ultimately desired to marry in the United States.
In a moment of spontaneity, Affleck suggested that they elope and get married in Las Vegas. Lopez, who had been grappling with the stress and trauma of wedding planning, found solace in the idea of a low-key, private ceremony.
"He just says, 'Fuck it, let's just go to Vegas and get married tonight,'" she explained on the show. In April 2022, Lopez and Affleck became engaged and ultimately tied the knot in a private wedding ceremony in Las Vegas in July of the same year.
The couple's decision to forgo a grand, traditional wedding in favor of a more intimate, impromptu ceremony was a testament to their resilience and strength in the face of adversity.