Ben Affleck’s double Jen trouble

It's always fun when an ex meets the new girlfriend

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by Katie Holloway |

We may have found the one person in the world who isn’t over the moon and filled with nostalgic joy about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez getting back together. Unsurprisingly, it’s his ex-wife.

An insider tells heat that J-Lo is preparing for a face-to-face meeting with Ben’s ex Jennifer Garner about spending time with their kids, and she isn’t exactly thrilled about it.

“J-Lo wants to do this right and only with Jennifer’s consent, but it’s a touchy subject because these two couldn’t be more different,” we’re told. “Jennifer will take some persuading. She’s extremely sceptical about Bennifer 2.0, and worries about the children being exposed to any more of their father’s romantic dysfunction. J-Lo’s willing to be the bigger person and follow Jennifer’s rules and boundaries, but this meeting is still going to be tense as all hell.”

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J-Lo and Ben are well and truly back on ©Getty

Ben, 48, originally dated Jenny from the block in the early noughties, but the pair broke off their engagement, citing intense media scrutiny as an issue in their relationship. Ben went on to marry Jennifer Garner in 2005, and the couple had three children – 15-year-old Violet, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, nine. Our source explains that now it seems Ben is fully committed to J-Lo, they want to think more about blending their families.

“It’s apparent to everyone now, Jennifer included, that Ben is head over heels with J-Lo, and they’re both making the necessary arrangements to be together for the long term. The biggest priority is to be sensitive with both sets of children, and that goes as much for J-Lo as it does Ben. Her twins were extremely close with Alex [Rodriguez, J-Lo’s ex], and it’s been tricky not having him in their lives any more. She intends to introduce them to Ben eventually, but just like with his kids and Jennifer, she needs to be discreet and respectful to Marc [Anthony, the twins’ father], too.”

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Ben and Jennifer were married for ten years and share three children ©Getty

And while Jennifer has had to deal with some tricky behaviour from Ben in the past – including driving him to rehab for alcohol addiction herself – it seems she’s willing to accept his new romance.

“Jennifer is pleased with Ben’s parenting input this past couple of years, and she doesn’t begrudge him the right to get serious with J-Lo,” our source says. “She was surprised by the romance at first, though, as Ben always complained about the first Bennifer experience. A lot of people in his life are convinced he’ll tire of it again eventually.”

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However, for now, it seems things are taking a serious turn, as last week, J-Lo reportedly visited schools for her 13-year-old twins in Los Angeles, near Ben’s home. And our insider tells us it’s inevitable the two Jens in Ben’s life will meet imminently. “The two Jennifers will be sitting down very soon, most likely with Ben in the room, to make nice and iron out how visitations are going to work,” we’re told.

“It’s going to be a strange vibe, but at least they’re being adult about it.”

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