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Ben Affleck's latest move suggests he's not going home to Jennifer Lopez anytime soon

The couple tied the knot in 2022 but their marriage is reportedly under strain 

Hannah Hargrave
US Deputy Editor
May 24, 2024
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Ben Affleck is currently staying in a luxury rented mansion rather than at the home he shares with his wife, Jennifer Lopez, as they navigate a reportedly rocky stage in their marriage. 

The Batman actor is residing in the Brentwood pad, which costs a whopping $100,000 a month, and his latest move suggests he could be planning on staying put – at least for the foreseeable future. 

New photos have emerged of construction workers building a higher gate around the property to increase privacy, a move which wouldn't be so urgent if Ben were planning on moving home soon. 

While JLo hasn't been spotted visiting Ben at his rental, his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner has. The home is conveniently located two blocks from where she lives with their three children, Samuel, 12, Finn, 15, and Violet, 18.

The Yes Day actress was seen making a visit to her former husband as she drove there in her sleek BMW i7.

Ben Affleck is having work done at his rented pad© Backgrid
Ben is having work done at his rented pad

Jennifer approached the mansion with a calm demeanor and quickly navigated the security system to gain access. 

The visit came just days after Ben was pictured with Jennifer, for the first time in weeks at a school play for Fin, which both Jennifers attended.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez during Gigli California Premiere at Mann National in Westwood, California, United States - July 27, 2003© Getty
Ben and Jen's relationship timeline spans over 20 years

Speculation about trouble in Ben and JLo's marriage arose after the couple went nearly two months without being photographed together.

Jennifer was quizzed on the state of her marriage by a reporter in Mexico City on May 22.

At the time, she was promoting her movie, Atlas, but the line of questioning turned personal.

jennifer lopez white dress atlas premiere mexico city© Getty Images
Jennifer was asked about her marriage while promoting her movie Atlas

Sitting alongside her co-star, Simu Liu, Jennifer was suddenly asked: "Is your divorce with Ben Affleck real?" Before the unidentified reporter added: "These rumors? What is the truth? Para le press le Mexicana, what is the truth of the situation?"

Her co-star tried to protect her, insisting "We're not doing that," but Jennifer chose to respond with five simple words.

 Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are seen out and about on March 30, 2024 in New York, New York.© Getty
Jen and Ben are reported to be having marital issues

"You know better than that," she quipped before standing up, blowing a kiss to the audience and wrapping up the conversation. 

Ben, who reunited with Jennifer in 2021 and married her in 2022, has been notably absent from her premieres because he is reportedly busy working on the sequel to his film The Accountant in LA.

Jennifer Garner waves© James Devaney
Jennifer was photographed visiting Ben at his rented home

It has also been claimed that his move to the rental was so that he could focus on his movie, which is shooting nearby. 

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