Jennifer Lopez says that the stress of wedding planning with Ben Affleck led to the couple’s impromptu Las Vegas elopement a month before their lavish Georgia wedding. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday (January 18) night, the Shotgun Wedding star opened up about planning for her big day with Affleck, calling the process “so stressful.”
“Twenty years ago we were supposed to get married, and it kind of all fell apart back then,” Lopez, 53, said, referencing her first engagement to the Gone Girl actor in 2002. “And this time we still — I absolutely did — had a little PTSD. I was like, ‘Is this happening? Is this really happening?’ And we were so happy, and of course, it was happening, but I just felt like the wedding was so stressful. And one day, Ben just says, ‘F— it. Let’s just go to Vegas and get married tonight.’ That day!”
She initially thought it wouldn’t be possible because she had a rehearsal, but her future husband had it all planned out. “He was like, ‘Go to rehearsal. When you get back here, I’m going to have everything all setup. Three of our kids were at camp, two of them were with us and he was like, ‘They’re going to be our witnesses. Let’s go. We’re doing it tonight.’ And we did! It was amazing! It was the best night of our life,” she shared. Lopez added that they had to wait in line for their marriage license like everyone else at the county clerk’s office. Bennifer 2.0 celebrated their love with a second ceremony in Savannah in August.
In regards to the couple’s famed nickname, Lopez admitted that she has “learned to embrace it” over the years. Meanwhile, the host was trying to throw out other names to her to see if she’d consider using “Aflo” or “Loaf.” Lopez didn’t think they had a nice ring to them. Watch the interview below: