los angeles   february 9  actor ben affleck l and his fiance actresssinger jennifer lopez arrive at the premiere of daredevil at the village theatre on february 9, 2003 in los angeles, california photo by kevin wintergetty images

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Speaking on the latest episode of The Hollywood Press Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast, Ben Affleck opened about dealing with scrutiny from tabloids throughout his early-2000 s relationship with Jennifer Lopez.

Affleck and J.Lo’s romance, which lasted from 2002 to 2004, was the topic of lots of headings in the early aughts. The 2 were likewise briefly engaged.

” You know, there’s always a story of the month, and me dating Jennifer Lopez happened to be that tabloid story at the time when that company grew tremendously,” the actor stated. “Still, to this day, [some] will go, ‘I see you out there in the paparazzi and the photos!’ It resembles, ‘Yes, I left my home and got the trash. It’s not like I’m trying to–‘ And it’s still like, ‘You were taking a pap walk!’ As if, if you leave your house, you’re only doing so in the hope that you could be so lucky that you could wind up as the 6th item in The Daily Mail It’s unreasonable!”

He went on to disparage the tabloid protection of Lopez at the time.

” Individuals were so fucking mean about her– sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious shit was blogged about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would actually be fired for stating those things you stated,” he stated. “Now it resembles, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished– too she fucking should be! I would state you have a better shot, originating from the Bronx, of winding up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years of ages today.”

Today, Affleck is dating Deep Water costar Ana de Armas, while J.Lo is engaged to longtime partner Alex Rodriguez.

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