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September 10, 2003
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have decided to postpone their wedding amid fears of a media frenzy. The Tinseltown couple, who were expected to make their vows in Santa Barbara this weekend, were worried that their big day would be deluged with reporters and paparazzi.

They had worked hard to keep the location a secret, but a series of media reports claimed they would stage the event at an exclusive resort in the Santa Barbara hills. This led to the town being flooded with journalists and, in turn, to Ben and Jen's decision.

"Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date," said the couple in a joint statement. "We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends."

"When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate 'decoy brides' at three different locations, we realised that something was awry." It has also been rumoured that the statement itself may be an attempt to throw press hounds off the scent, but Jen's spokesman Dan Klores denies the charge. "I don't see that as even remotely possible," he said, adding that the guests, including Matt Damon, Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, have all been called to tell them the wedding is off.

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The couple were apparently concerned that intense media interest could affect their planned nuptials

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"We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised," they revealed in a statement

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