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Bennifer Drama

Setting the record straight. Emma Hernan is speaking out about messaging with Ben Affleck on Raya after the actor denied being on the celebrity dating app for “several years.”

“It was not recent,” the real estate agent, 30, clarified to E! News’ Daily Pop on Monday, April 25. “This was 2019. Literally, the smallest, innocent little thing. … [It] blew up out of proportion.”

The Netflix star’s rep corroborated the timeline to Us Weekly, noting, “Ben and Emma’s Raya interaction occurred in 2019. They matched, they exchanged messages, they never met.”

Hernan further told E!, “I think on the show, you didn’t see the timeframe and it just seemed worse. And it was literally the smallest thing. End of story. We’re shutting that one down now.”

On a recent episode of Selling Sunset, the Netflix star made headlines when she discussed the potential love connection with the Deep Water actor, 49, after the two allegedly matched on Raya “right before” Affleck rekindled his romance with Jennifer Lopez.

The Argo director’s “opening pickup line” had to do with the fact that the two were both from New England, as they each hail from Massachusetts, Hernan told costar Chrishell Stause in the fifth episode of season 5. “We have the Boston connection,” she explained. “It was very sweet.”

Affleck even got flirty in the alleged messages. “He may or may not have been texting me,” the reality star claimed. “He may or may not have asked to grab … coffee a few times.” -US Weekly

When we talk about a couple’s chemistry, we usually mean something about sex. It is more literal with Affleck and Lopez, who create a compound that is far more compelling than Affleck or Lopez as single atoms.

Here is a precis for those who weren’t alive or paying attention two decades ago. The couple met in 2001, while filming the universally panned romcom Gigli. Their subsequent romance led to Bennifer being defined on Urban Dictionary as “an attractive couple that have money, fame and beauty yet are still universally hated” and a “combination of two things that separately suck but when put together can achieve a level of sucking not understood by physics”.

But that was just how the cool kids saw it. To the mainstream media, the pairing was blessed, recalls Marie O’Riordan, who was then the editor of the lifestyle magazine Elle. When two extremely famous people fall in love, “the story takes on its own momentum”, she says. “‘Will they break up?’ ‘Oh, they’ve got engaged?’ ‘What are they wearing?’ ‘Where’s the wedding going to be?’ It all plays out in front of you.” -The Guardian

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez hit the town this weekend for a stroll and a bite to eat.

The newly-engaged couple was spotted walking hand-in-hand Saturday afternoon at the Brentwood Country Mart in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Lopez, 52, wore a flowing black dress with half sleeves and a belted waist, which she accented with orange sunglasses, gold jewelry, white sneakers and a black bag.

Affleck, 49, went with a more casual look, wearing a red-and-gray plaid shirt and jeans and black sneakers.

Sources around them have gushed for months about the pair’s rekindled connection, nearly two decades after their previous romance and engagement.

A source close to Lopez recently told PEOPLE the couple was “not talking about a wedding” just yet. However, the insider said Affleck makes Lopez “incredibly happy.” -People

Although the idea of a Bennifer baby may have excited fans of the couple, the pair seem perfectly content with blending their families and simply enjoying their lives together. According to another source, J.Lo fits perfectly with Ben’s kids, Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 10, and the love is apparently already there between them all. The singer especially has a “bond” with the 49-year-old actor’s only son Samuel and feels like he is “very much like his father,” according to a source.

“Jennifer Lopez is loved by all of Ben’s kids, but she definitely has a special bond with Samuel because Samuel is the youngest out of all five kids and is the baby of the bunch so to speak,” the source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “When Ben and Jen (Garner) separated in 2015, Samuel was too young to remember any of it, but he has always grown up with two loving parents.” -Hollywood Life

Viewers need to Netflix and chill.

“Selling Sunset” star Emma Hernan said her claim that Ben Affleck hit her up on Raya “blew up out of proportion” after the actor denied he ever made a move.

Hernan explained on E!’s “Daily Pop” Monday that her Netflix reality show created a “whole misconception” by making it seem like Affleck, who is engaged to Jennifer Lopez, tried linking up with her on the dating app recently.

“It was not recent. This was 2019. Literally the smallest, innocent little thing, and it was taken, blew up, out of proportion. So that was a thing,” she said.

“I think on the show you didn’t see the time frame, and it just seemed worse, and it was literally the smallest thing.”

Hernan, 30, expressed that the idea Affleck, 49, had recently reached out is bogus and doubled down that the exchange happened before J.Lo, 52, was back in the picture.

“End of story. We’re shutting that one down now,” she concluded.

The drama started when the real estate agent claimed to co-star Chrishell Stause in “Selling Sunset” Season 5 that Affleck had asked her out on Raya.

“He may or may not have been texting me,” she teased in the fifth episode, which premiered last Friday. “He may or may not have asked to grab … coffee a few times.” -Page Six

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