Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s love story couldn’t be any more Hollywood if it tried: in fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if their reunion after two decades apart is already being made into a rom-com.
To mark the couple’s full circle moment, last week, Lopez announced she’s releasing a second album to her 2002 record, This Is Me…Then, titled This Is Me…Now. The original piece of work was heavily influenced by her early aughts romance with Affleck: they initially got engaged in 2002 after meeting on the set of their infamous movie Gigli, so much so that when the pair split she refused to play any of the songs live.
“Twenty years ago, I fell in love with the love of my life. And I was working on an album, and it was all about capturing that moment in time,” Lopez said in a new interview with Apple Music One’s Zane Lowe. “I said, ‘Now the most amazing, incredible, unbelievable thing has happened, and the reason we’re here is because I want to capture this moment in time ’cause it is even better than the first time.'”
Lopez, who said calling off her first wedding to Affleck 20 years ago was “the biggest heartbreak of my life,” also revealed the sweet message engraved on her (second) engagement ring from Affleck, which serves as a constant reminder that they’re in it for the long haul: “Not. Going. Anywhere.”
The phrase was born after the now-husband-and-wife duo rekindled their romance with Lopez telling Lowe Affleck started saying them to let her know he was serious about them trying again. “That’s how he would sign his emails when we started talking again,” she said. “Like, ‘Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.'”
She added that the second time is even better than when they were together over two decades ago. “Now, we know and there’s no questions,” she said. “It’s me and you, all the way, ’til the end.” Adorably, one of the tracks on her upcoming album is even named “Not. Going. Anywhere.”