Hollywood's hottest couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have ended their
high-profile romance, after months of speculation.
The stars split on Tuesday (20JAN04), amid persistent rumours that they -
who were apart while Affleck, 31, attended the Sundance Film Festival and the
European premieres of his film PAYCHECK earlier this month (JAN04) - were
J.LO's publicist says, "I am confirming the reports that Jennifer Lopez
has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that
you respect her privacy."
While Affleck was overseas, Lopez, 34, was seen partying in Miami,
Florida, with her old flame SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS - and going out without her
6.1-carat pink-diamond engagement ring. Combs and Lopez both denied any
Just a day after her split from Affleck, Lopez was spotted out at West
Hollywood restaurant MORTON'S with pals.
The pair's elaborate September (03) nuptials in Montecito, California,
were called off at the last minute "due to the excessive media attention
surrounding our wedding". They never officially set another date for the
Lopez and Affleck, who met while filming the critically-panned movie Gigli in
spring 2002, became a couple in July that year as Lopez's marriage to Cris Judd
- her second - collapsed.
Affleck and Lopez's second onscreen collaboration, Jersey Girl, will hit
screens on 19 March (04).