Ben Affleck Wears Wedding Ring in Santa Monica as JLo Promotes

Hollywood power couple faces challenges amidst ongoing relationship rumors

by Zain ul Abedin
Ben Affleck Wears Wedding Ring in Santa Monica as JLo Promotes
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Ben Affleck was seen wearing his wedding ring in Santa Monica, California, on Tuesday, May 21, amid swirling rumors of marital troubles with Jennifer Lopez. Affleck, 51, was casually dressed in tan jeans and a navy button-up shirt.

His wedding ring was prominently displayed on his left hand as he spent time with a group of male friends. Earlier that evening, he was spotted dining at the upscale Italian restaurant Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez, 54, walked the red carpet solo for the premiere of her upcoming movie "Atlas" at the Plaza Toreo Parque Central in Mexico City.

For the occasion, Lopez wore an angelic, floor-length white Chloé gown featuring oversized ruffles and a plunging neckline. The dress flowed over her arms and hands, obscuring whether she was wearing her wedding ring.

This isn't the first event Lopez has attended alone amid the speculation about her marriage. On Monday, May 20, she appeared solo at the premiere of the Netflix sci-fi movie "The Mother" at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Affleck was notably absent, reportedly occupied with filming his own project, "The Accountant 2."

Affleck-Lopez Marital Struggles

Sources indicate that the couple, who rekindled their early 2000s romance and tied the knot in 2022, is facing significant challenges.

A source told PEOPLE on Tuesday that their marriage "is not in the best place at the moment." Additionally, a music industry insider commented that Lopez and Affleck, who live only a few miles apart, are not seeing eye to eye.

"She likes to open her heart to her fans and to the world. He is more introspective and private. This has been difficult day-to-day," the source said. Despite these challenges, a film industry source noted Affleck's admiration for Lopez's work ethic and success.

"He’s always been impressed by how she works so hard and has achieved so much success. But the openness and promotion are not his way," the source added.

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