EXCLUSIVE: Bennifer’s blended family! Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck take their kids for bonding day of rollercoaster fun at Universal as on-again romance gets serious
Reunited couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were spotted having a blast with their kids at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday.
The 48-year-old actor and 51-year-old singer put on a loved up display as they held hands at the busy theme park in Los Angeles, before hopping on some of the fun rides.
Lopez was joined by her twins Emme and Max, 13, from her marriage to Marc Anthony, while Affleck brought along son Samuel, nine, from his marriage to Jennifer Garner.
Love! Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez look smitten while enjoying a day at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday
All smiles: The couple had a blast as they went on some rides, including The Jurassic World ride with Lopez’s daughter Emme, 13, and Affleck’s son Samuel, nine
The blended family were seen with big grins as they got drenched on the Jurassic World ride.
Lopez looked incredible in a cropped tank top and beige wide leg pants while Affleck kept it casual in jeans, a white T-shirt and a grey hooded sweater.
‘Bennifer,’ as they are affectionately known to fans, could be seen holding hands as they wound their way through the crowds at the park.
The pair’s outing comes as their relationship gets serious, just a few months after the Jenny From The Block singer ended her engagement with former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
With her man: Lopez looked incredible in a cropped tank top and beige wide leg pants
Meanwhile: Affleck kept it casual in jeans, a white T-shirt and a grey hooded sweater
Family matters: Lopez was joined by her twins Emme and Max, 13, from her marriage to Marc Anthony, while Affleck brought along son Samuel, nine, from his marriage to Jennifer Garner
Family fun! The blended family were seen with big grins as they got drenched on the wild ride
Hand in hand: ‘Bennifer,’ as they are affectionately known to fans, could be seen holding hands as they wound their way through the crowds at the park
Having fun: Ben was seen having a lighthearted chat with the children while on the ride
Blithe spirit: Jennifer and Ben were spotted sharing a laugh while strolling from ride to ride
Accessories: For part of his excursion Ben warded off the California rays with sunglasses
Sensible: However once the ride began to get more turbulent he evidently made sure to remove them in order to prevent them getting damaged or flying off
History: The ride began life being named after Jurassic Park but it has been renovated and had its name changed to Jurassic World now as the film franchise has grown
Rumors emerged in late April that the Oscar-nominated actress had reunited with her former boyfriend and ever since then, the couple have been spotted together frequently.
After their fun outing at Universal Studios, the couple were spotted at an LA airport on Saturday, seemingly getting ready to begin their 4th of July weekend getaway.
The Argo actor was first seen exiting a vehicle before taking his luggage towards the runway, and the hitmaker was initially pictured preparing to leave her car before meeting her daughter Emme.
Affleck kept it very casual during the event, as he was dressed in a light gray zip-up hoodie worn on top of a black t-shirt, as well as a blue cap.
Company: Jennifer and Ben’s party were joined by a couple of other visitors to the park on their carriage
Stay safe: Ben and Jennifer each used at least one arm to hold onto the protective bar that held them securely in place during the ride’s drops
Precautions: All the people on Bennifer’s carriage were protecting themselves from the splash with plastic ponchos
Watch the coiff! Jennifer pulled a hood over her fashionable hairdo to prevent it being unsettled by the water
The Good Will Hunting actor finished off his pared-down clothing ensemble with a pair of form-fitting navy blue trousers and a set of sneakers that nearly matched the color of his outerwear.
Lopez’s beautiful blonde hair remained free-flowing and hung downward onto her shoulders as she prepared to embark on her trip.
The former couple was first romantically connected after they appeared in the critically panned 2001 film Gigli, and they began a relationship the year after the feature’s release.
Backdrop: The pair’s outing comes as their relationship gets serious
Keeping him close: During the thrilling final sections of the ride Jennifer could be seen clinging to her man
In the rearview: Jennifer was visiting Universal Studios with Ben just a few months after the Jenny From The Block singer ended her engagement with former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez
Extra precaution: At one point Ben was glimpsed in a mask
End of the road: The ride culminates in a far drop and then a massive splash
Fear: Jennifer looked fully caught up in the scare of the drop as she held onto Ben for support
Overwhelmed: After the drop was finished Jennifer was so overcome she raised a hand up to her face
Family outing: Ben was seen helping guide one of the children as they headed around the park
Reactions: Jennifer at one point buried her face in her hands during the exhilarating Jurassic World ride while Ben had a smile on his face
All in good fun: Jennifer also could be seen laughing on the ride
The ride’s a hit: Meanwhile the duo behind Bennifer appeared to have had the time of their lives
The two previously announced their engagement after several years of dating but called off their planned 2003 wedding days before it was set to occur, with the pair citing intense media pressure as the reason for the delay.
Lopez and Affleck broke off their relationship the following year but remained both on good terms and in contact over the next decade.
The singer went on to marry fellow performer Marc Anthony and welcomed her son and daughter Emme, aged 13, in 2008.
The actor also later tied the knot and welcome daughters Violet and Seraphina, as well as a son named Samuel, aged 15, 11, and nine, with his wife, Jennifer Garner.
Heading out: Ben and Jennifer were spotted arriving at an airport in Los Angeles on Saturday ahead of their 4th of July weekend getaway
Letting it all hang out: The singer’s gorgeous blonde hair fell onto her shoulders while she prepared to embark on her trip with the director
Family affair: Lopez’s daughter, Emme, was also pictured waiting near the runway with a pair of the singer’s dogs
Both marriages ended in divorce, with the songstress’ coming to an end in the summer of 2011, and the director’s in 2018.
Affleck and Lopez recently rekindled their past romance following the latter’s split from her former fiance, from whom she separated this past April due to allegations of cheating on the part of the former athlete.
The two were first linked that same month after the Dogma actor was seen leaving his now-girlfriend’s mansion in Los Angeles, and the two took a trip to Montana the following month, leading many to speculate that they were back together.
Last month, the couple was spotted during a PDA-filled dinner at Nobu in Malibu, where they were seen holding hands and spending time with her children.
First meeting: The now-rekindled couple initially met on the set of the critically panned 2001 feature Gigli; they are seen at the 75th Annual Academy Awards in 2003
Calling it off: The former couple was set to marry in 2003, although they postponed their planned nuptials due to intense media pressure; they are spotted at that year’s premiere of Daredevil
Moving on: Affleck and Lopez went on to marry, welcome children and get divorced from Marc Anthony and Jennifer Garner, respectively, following their 2004 split; they are seen in 2002
The singer recently appeared on Thursday’s episode of the Sirius XM show Pitbull’s Globalization to speak her mind about her track Cambia El Paso, which has not made its debut as of yet.
During the sit-down, Lopez spoke about the future release’s meaning and noted that she wanted to encourage her fans to take an active role in changing their lives.
Specifically, she pointed out that ‘the song is about change and not being afraid to take the step.’
The On The Floor songwriter expanded further on her initial statement and discussed the intentions she had for her fans in greater detail.
Deeper meaning: Lopez recently spoke about her soon-to-be-released track Cambia El Paso and noted that she track was centered on ‘change and not being afraid to take the step’
‘Like, just take the step, advance, do what you need to do. If something’s not feeling right, whatever it is in your life, like, just make that move and dance,’ she expressed,
The Grammy-winning hitmaker concluded by definitively stating what Cambia El Paso was really about and noted that she wanted her fans to keep a positive state of mind.
‘I’m talking about something else. All she wants to do is just dance, dance, dance, dance again. You gotta live. You gotta be yourself. You got to be happy. And that’s what the record’s about,’ she said.
Although his former flame appeared to be ready to begin her weekend with Affleck, Rodriguez was seen spending time with his daughters Natasha and Ella, aged 16 and 12, in a series of shots shared to his Instagram account on Friday.
Staying busy: On Friday, Lopez’s former fiance, Alex Rodriguez, shared a few shots with his daughters Natasha and Ella to his Instagram account
The former New York Yankees team member, 45, was first seen holding his daughters close as they posed before embarking on a ‘Friday night date.’
The sports figure kept it toned-down as he enjoyed his time with his kids, as he was dressed in a navy blue sweater worn on top of a white shirt and a matching pair of pants.
He later shared a picture from the inside of a department store, where he was seen waiting outside a pair of dressing rooms that his daughters had previously occupied.
Rodriguez also attached a short text graphic to the photo that read: ‘Personal shopper for the girls on Friday night. Shabbat shoalom [sic].’
Dad duties: The former professional baseball player wrote that he was acting as a ‘personal shopper for the girls on Friday night’
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