Jennifer Lopez on Ben Affleck Split: ‘It Was Probably My First Big Heartbreak’
Jennifer Lopez has opened up about her split from actor Ben Affleck revealing their broken engagement was her “first big heartbreak”.
Lopez parted ways with the her actor boyfriend in January, 2004 and she went on to romance her longtime friend and fellow singer, Marc Anthony, who she wed six months later.
Lopez admits having the salsa star by her side helped her to overcome her pain, but it took her some time to truly heal.
She tells Today, “It was probably my first big heartbreak and to have one of my best friends who I had known for years, who I actually love and did have chemistry with, come into my life and say, ‘I’m here…’ What you need to know is nobody can save you or heal you, only you can do that for you (sic).”
Lopez split from Anthony in 2011 and their divorce was finalized in June.
She subsequently started dating dancer Casper Smart, but they ended their romance earlier this year and the 45 year old has now decided to take some time to be by herself.
She continues, “I get scared… it’s not normal for me (to be single), but I also know that I can’t make decisions based on the fear so that when a person does show up I’m not like, ‘Oh yeah, this is so nice, let’s move in together.’ Where I just go, ‘You know what, let’s get to know each other, let’s see if you fit in, are you good enough for my kids and if we bump into some bumpy parts, are you going to work on it with me?’
“I’m open to love, but right now I just think it’s better for me to be on my own for a minute and learn more about myself.”