Jennifer Lopez discussed parenting dynamics with Ben Affleck in the run-up to the couple’s one-year wedding anniversary.
Lopez stated in a guest appearance on “The View” on May 4 that Affleck is an “amazing dad” to his children from his previous marriage.
“It brings tears to my eyes, he is honestly the best dad I have ever seen,” she said, explaining that Affleck has sometimes taught her new things about how to interact with their kids.
“He’s such a brilliant guy anyway, and you can tell that when he had his kids he must have read every book and everything that you could possibly learn about children, and he applies it,” she said.
Lopez added: “He’s present, and that’s all you can ask, for a present, loving dad who shows up every single day, and that’s who he is.”
According to Huff Post reports, Affleck and Lopez restarted relationship during the pandemic and married in July 2022, after first dating in the early 2000s. Lopez has two children from her previous marriage to Marc Anthony, whereas Affleck has three children from his marriage to Jennifer Garner from June 2005 until October 2018.
When questioned by the show’s hosts who plays “good cop” and “bad cop” in their blended family, Lopez recalled her own relationship with her mother, who she said conducted most of the disciplining in the home.
“I remember my mom saying to me, ‘I’m always the bad guy,'” Lopez explained, going on to talk about her relationship with her own children by saying, “There is some truth to that, you know, the mom, you get a little bit of the brunt of it.”
“They need that too,” Lopez said, referring to discipline.
Lopez went on to explain that her children, 15-year-old twins Emme and Max, “don’t want to talk” to her as frequently as they used to.
“It’s all necessary, and intellectually, I understand it, but my heart, my heart hurts,” she said.
Affleck and Lopez started dating in 2002, after appearing in the 2001 comedy “Gigli,” and got engaged that year, but ended up postponing their wedding and broke up in January 2004.
Lopez spoke of getting back together with Affleck on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in February 2022.
“I don’t think anybody was more surprised than us,” Lopez said. “You never could imagine something like that could happen. It’s a beautiful thing.”