Ben Affleck would favor if he might take a Dad-nap on the Seine in peace, thanks very a lot. Throughout his current Paris honeymoon with Jennifer Lopez, whom he married in an intimate shock Las Vegas ceremony on July 16, the actor was reportedly “freaked out” by the swarm of paparazzi that adopted him and Lopez across the Metropolis of Lights from the Louvre to the Musée d’Orsay to the Élysée Palace gardens to, famously, Sephora.
A supply instructed Web page Six the eye in France over the newlyweds was “nearly Princess Diana-level,” a startling alternative of phrases given the late princess’s closing moments throughout her personal Paris journey nearly 25 years in the past. “Ben was somewhat freaked out in Paris,” the supply mentioned. “This was an entire new degree.”
Affleck’s concern isn’t with out advantage; the heightened consideration round Bennifer 2.0 is hauntingly harking back to the pair’s first try at marriage. When the couple dated (and obtained engaged) within the early 2000s, they each cited unrelenting paparazzi as a serious contributor to their eventual break up in 2004. After setting their preliminary wedding ceremony date in Santa Barbara, California, for September 14, 2003, they postponed the occasion because of the concern of tabloid publicity.
“As a result of extreme media consideration surrounding our wedding ceremony, now we have determined to postpone the date,” Affleck and Lopez mentioned in an announcement on the time. “Once we discovered ourselves critically considering hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three totally different places, we realized that one thing was awry…We felt what ought to have been a joyful and sacred day might be spoiled for us, our households and our mates.” The pair formally break up in January 2004.
Greater than a decade later, in 2016, Lopez instructed Folks, “We didn’t attempt to have a public relationship. We simply occurred to be collectively on the start of the tabloids, and it was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was simply numerous stress.”
In Paris in July, the couple was photographed sightseeing, cruising, kissing throughout dinner at Le Matignon, and even sharing an emotional second at Lopez’s birthday dinner. “Ben is used to the flashing lights,” says the Web page Six supply. “However he felt that the honeymoon was a tsunami. Jen’s made out of metal and is aware of it comes with the territory [but] he nonetheless will get pissed off.” The identical supply fretted that the eye “reminded him an excessive amount of of the primary time he and the singer tried to get married.”
Within the social media period, that spotlight is heightened, although the information cycle tends to maneuver on quicker than within the tabloid heyday of the early-aughts. But when Bennifer is feeling something close to “Princess Diana” ranges of consideration, that’s doubtless setting off alarm bells. Which higher explains why the couple would select a tiny, spontaneous Las Vegas nuptial ceremony over a Santa Barbara bash. The Little White Wedding ceremony Chapel celebration was “precisely what we wished,” Lopez confirmed in her e-newsletter. “However ultimately it was the very best wedding ceremony we might have imagined. One we dreamed of way back and one made actual (within the eyes of the state, Las Vegas, a pink convertible and each other) at very, very lengthy final.” After so a few years of ready, who doesn’t deserve a couple of minutes of quiet?
Lauren Puckett-Pope is an affiliate editor at ELLE, the place she covers information and tradition.