Why Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Skipped the 2022 Met Gala

Newly engaged Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck opted not to attend tonight's Met Gala despite being highly anticipated by fans to go. The couple, who have been house-searching in California, chose

to remain on the West Coast. Lopez was silent on her social media today too, not adding any fuel to rumors she could show up at the New York City event. Lopez and Affleck were last photographed together on Sunday in Bel-Air at a home construction site.

Lopez and Affleck did have a Met Gala moment together inside the September 2021 gala though, although they posed on the red carpet separately.

jennifer lopez and ben affleck at the 2021 met gala
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Had they gone tonight, it would have been their first big red carpet event since they announced they got engaged again last month. It also would've been one of the clearest public looks Lopez has given of the green diamond ring Affleck gave her.

Lopez wrote in her On the JLo newsletter of the proposal, “Did you ever imagine your biggest dream could come true? Saturday night while at my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed. I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time trying hard to get my head around the fact that after 20 years this was happening all over again, I was quite literally speechless and he said, ‘is that a yes?’ I said YES of course that’s a YES.”

“I was smiling so big and tears were coming down my face, feeling so incredibly happy and whole,” she continued. “It was nothing fancy at all, but it was the most romantic thing I could’ve ever imagined...just a quiet Saturday night at home, two people promising to always be there for each other. Two very lucky people. Who got a second chance at true love.”

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