Jennifer Lopez relationship apparently made Ben Affleck feel like "caged hamster"

Jennifer Lopez is one of the biggest, most famous stars in Hollywood, so it's safe to assume that whatever man she has by her side has some serious expectations on him. And sometimes, playing the role of her beau can be stressful and demanding, as her former fiancé, Ben Affleck has recently been saying. The Puerto Rican diva and actor had a hot romance from 2002 to 2004 (remember "Bennifer"?). Now, almost a decade later, Affleck is speaking out on what it was like to be Jenny from the Block's significant other.

Affleck explained to British newspaper The Sun, how he got caught up in the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood, which was a different world for him. What stood out though was that he said that during his high-profile relationship with Lopez, he felt like he was on a "hamster wheel." Uh, what exactly did he mean by that?


I've been a Ben Affleck fan since his Good Will Hunting days and I'll admit I found his relationship with Jennifer Lopez to be a bit--for lack of a better word--unconventional. He came off as a simple guy from Boston starting out in the acting world compared to Lopez who was at the peak of her stardom. He clearly didn't see the pressure of Hollywood until he started dating J.Lo and got caught up in the lifestyle that came with her status.  

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Affleck tells The Sun how he was feeling suffocated and miserable during their relationship and like he was losing his way. He explains: "I had to confront my own problems and ambitions at a time I was in the media spotlight. It was as if I was on a hamster wheel in a cage. The faster I moved around the cage, the faster I was expected to go." He was 25 years old at the time and like most males in their 20s, he struggled to figure out what he wanted to do with his life.

Having finally rearranged his life after their break up, and eventually settling down, Affleck realized that he wanted his life to be smaller than it had been while dating Lopez. Ouch! We wonder if the Latina star is in any way offended by her ex beau's comment?

Sure, Lopez's lifestyle doesn't fit just anyone, and maybe Ben couldn't handle the spotlight with the grace and style that she does. She's long moved on since Affleck and things seem to be going well with her current boy toy, Casper Smart. Who knows, maybe Smart can handle the Hollywood pressure and holds the key to a long lasting and stable relationship that Affleck couldn't give Lopez. At least she and Ben seem to be in happy places respectively now and are on friendly terms. But we're not sure what turn that could take after his latest remarks. 

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What do you think of Ben Affleck's remarks about his relationship with Jennifer Lopez?

Topics: jennifer lopez  celebs  celebrity splits  celeb breakup  celeb couples


What do you think of Ben Affleck's remarks about his relationship with Jennifer Lopez?

on Feb 21, 2013 at 3:10 AM
Pleaee!!!!! She changes men like underwear. He is better off without her and lucked out with his beautiful wife who is so classy whereas JLo has NONE!! He was smart to see her true colors.
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on Mar 4, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I think any man should keep his past if he is so call a man to himself from past relationships. I use to like Ben now i don`t think so. When he was with Jennifer Lopez, he look looked nice clean cut and very professional. Now he looks all rugged and unclean he looks like a bum.
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on Jun 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM
She was what she had become through hard work and more hard work. he was being selfish worrying about his life a real man can handle true love and ALL the difficulties it brings. he was the luckiest guy on the planet to be close to her, a real superstarlet and sex machine. I am available if She would like to settle for less
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on Jul 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM
Ben was 30 years old when he started dating Jennifer. Check your facts.
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on Jan 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM
It's obvious both Ben and Jennifer are people who have chosen to live their lives in the spotlight simply by being celebrities. However, there has to be space for a private life for every couple and if one individual choses to give more of the space to the media in terms of what it gives them financially(as this is what is at the bottom line)but he did not. He is a business person as well, but she puts all of herself out there and has turned her life into a cash generating machine. Not many of us know what we would do if we had those opportunities, but we know what she looks like from this perspective. Ben looks like a happily married family man and I hope for the sake of his family, I do hope it all stays this way.
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on Feb 18, 2014 at 7:23 PM
I'm glad they parted ways, they were a good looking couple, but a very bad and wrong match. Jennifer needs to grow up and learn how to be happy without a man. She appears insecure
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on Mar 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM
So true she has put herself out there and i understand that it comes with the territory of being famous but come on its like even pix of her kids she demanded thousands like u cant live ur life on tv 24/7 and i know that she has put in hard work but i also heard that she slept her way to the top and is always hanging off of some guy and she really honestly could not sing very well what helped her was her body if her butt even real? Ill never kno but seriously they made a lousy couple he looks better with jen garner and jlo has not found her match to me all of her bfs were ugly execpt ben but he was not right for her and also i figured that he really got with her for the popularity cuz he was not all that either and correct me if im wrong but its just my opinion and i dont think shes very classy like jen garner she was always so ghetto i mean im from the bx but u dont see me acting all retarded
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