Ben Affleck's dad opens up about son's engagement to Jennifer Lopez and reveals if he approves of couple's redo romance
BEN Affleck's dad says he only read about his son's engagement to JLo online but he's happy the pair are finally heading down the aisle as she's a "special woman".
The couple, who were previously engaged almost 20 years ago before the singer broke it off, are set to tie the knot once again after Ben popped the question at home in LA.
JLo was spotted wearing a sparkling green diamond before confirming the news in an emotional video last week, saying her beau proposed while she was luxuriating in a bubble bath.
Ben's father Timothy Affleck has now spoken of his surprise during an exclusive interview with The Sun, admitting: "I haven't talked to them in ages, but if everything one reads on the internet is true, they're having a good time together.
“He's quite busy with all of his new found activities. He's been working a lot, which no one seems to care about. They care about romance.
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“I haven’t been in touch recently, but we write periodically so it’s ok. I saw my grandkids a few months back."
Asked his opinion on Jen, 52, after she previously dated his son in the early 2000s, Timothy gushed about the actress and singer, saying he admires her and feels she's perfect for Ben.
“I did meet Jennifer when they first dated," he said."There's a lot I admire about her, she's quite a special woman.
“What I like most about her is that she did it all herself, she brought herself up on so many different levels, she’s obviously very talented.
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“She’s one of the people who really worked at it and hustled. There was no nepotism or ‘who do you know’ bulls***.
“She’s a hard worker and I admire that. I think she deserves everything she gets.”
Quizzed on how he feels about her finally becoming his daughter-in-law, he said: “That’s fine by me! I’m happy about it.
“I don't know anything about wedding plans or anything like that. But I don't imagine there will be a repeat of the last wedding arrangements [when it got called off].
“The last time the media went berserk, they just went crazy and I’m sure that had an effect, it would have an effect on anyone really.
"But I imagine they can handle it more now, I hope so, Ben’s getting up there, he’s pushing 50."
Timothy, 78, lives alone in Upstate New York but is still close to Ben's mom, his ex-wife Chris Boldt, who keeps him informed of family news.
He says they are "very happy" the loved-up couple are tying the knot again after Ben's divorce from Jennifer Garner, with whom he shares three children – Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.
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Asked if he hopes to be invited to the wedding, Timothy said: “Well, it's always great to see my grandkids and my son. It'll be nice to see Jennifer. I hope it all works out well for them."
Much to the surprise of fans, Ben and Jen rekindled their romance in 2021, after the Hustlers star broke off her engagement with reported cheat Alex Rodriguez.
Reflecting on their whirlwind romantic journey, and what makes their connection different after all these years, the Grammy winner told PEOPLE: "We're older now, we're smarter, we have more experience, we're at different places in our lives, we have kids now, and we have to be very conscious of those things."
Meanwhile, Ben's dad Timothy, who has battled alcohol addiction, feels his son has come a long way after his own previous stint in rehab and public set-backs.
"He's doing extremely well," he told The Sun. "I'm very proud of him. Totally proud. And he's a hard worker."
He said he watches all of Ben's movies, saying: “It's nice to see him cover a wide range of different parts," referencing his recent role in The Tender Bar, directed by George Clooney.
But speaking about his appearance in Deep Water with ex Ana De Armas, he admitted: "Yes, I did see that. And that's another example of his work that stands out.
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"She was quite good in it also, but the rest of the film needed some work I fear. But it was a good effort and I think he probably enjoyed himself."
Timothy went on: “He’s also certainly a fine director. No question Argo was a very well-directed piece.
"He’s an excellent director and a writer for that matter, screenplays… he’s adapted some really tough things to bring to the screen. I’ve been very, very proud of those efforts.”
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