Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s new chapter as husband and wife officially began in July with the couple’s surprise Las Vegas wedding. The two later wed again in August, in front of friends and family at Affleck’s Georgia estate. They’ve kept a lower profile since.
Nearly three months from their legal wedding day, a source gave Us Weekly an update on the newlyweds’ dynamic and how tying the knot has—and hasn’t—changed things between them.
“Ben and Jen are still in their honeymoon phase,” one source said. “They are very head over heels for each other.”
Apparently marriage just made it legal. “Becoming husband and wife hasn’t changed their relationship much, except for the fact that it solidified what they had,” the source said. “They’re looking at homes to purchase together and hoping to find one they’re both happy with. It’s been an ongoing process.”
Affleck has also been a supportive husband while Lopez has been filming a new project. The couple each has children from their previous marriages, with Affleck actively taking care of them. Lopez has 14-year-old twins Emme and Max with Marc Anthony, while Affleck shares 16-year-old Violet, 13-year-old Seraphina, and 10-year-old Sam with Jennifer Garner.
“Jen is hard at work filming, and Ben has been taking over daddy duty and helping out with the kids a lot,” the source said. “She adores the fact that he is such a great father and she can always rely on him. He’s been very supportive of her and has visited her on set, which she loves.”
Lopez hasn’t shared much more from her wedding, but in early September, she detailed how she felt at the Georgia ceremony, exchanging vows with Affleck in front of their loved ones. In her On the JLo newsletter, she wrote, “At long-last, I started my walk down the stairs that would become the aisle that would lead me toward the rest of my life. Ahhhhh…it was actually happening…”
“Ben and I talked about Marc Cohn’s ‘True Companion’ as the perfect wedding love song in this very house more than twenty years ago,” she continued, referring to Affleck’s Georgia home. “Though Ben didn’t know, I asked Marc to surprise him by singing it at our wedding and he was lovely and generous to come. As I walked down the aisle, the first song he played wasn’t ‘True Companion’ however. It was his ‘The Things We’ve Handed Down’—a song about the wonderful mystery of children—something we could only guess at back then, but it was the perfect choice as our five children preceded me on the walk. The twenty years between those dreams of youth and the adult world of love and family we embraced that day, brought more to this marriage than either of us ever could have imagined. We weren’t only marrying one another; we were marrying these children into a new family. They were the only people we asked to stand up for us in our wedding party. To our great honor and joy, each one did.”
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.