How long were Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas together?

Before Bennifer Part 2 took place, Ben Affleck was in a high-profile relationship with Blonde star Ana de Armas. Of course we know the end of this story. Following their January 2021 split, Affleck was spotted returning from a vacation in Montana with Jennifer Lopez in May 2021 – sparking the renaissance of an early romance that captivated the tabloids. Meanwhile, de Armas found new love in Paul Boukadakis, with whom the two have been rumored to have been dating since June 2021, per Page Six.

In February 2020, before “BenAna” went public, Affleck told Good Morning America that ideally five years from now he would “love a relationship that is deeply meaningful and that I could be deeply committed to.” Affleck was still working on his sobriety at the time, after relapsing in 2019. According to Us Weekly, Affleck had seemingly found stability at de Armas — despite the simultaneous global COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 2020, the ex-couple was linked to Affleck’s three children (with ex-wife Jennifer Garner), with one friend even telling People that de Armas was “a huge influence” on him.

So what led to the former couple’s demise and how long did their romance really last?

Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck spent almost a year together

After a whirlwind romance from the world’s jet set and quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas called it quits in January 2021. According to Cosmopolitan, the former couple had been together for 10 months at the time.

When Affleck and de Armas met on the set of Adrian Lyne’s “Deep Water” in late 2019, per People, conflicting reports surfaced as to whether sparks flew immediately. As a source told People, “Her physical chemistry was so intense on set. It’s all anyone can talk about.” However, another told the outlet that they publicly kept it platonic on set, saying there were no “signs of romance.” Shortly after filming the erotic thriller (in which they play husband and wife), it was revealed that they had taken things off-screen.

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As the world entered COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, Affleck and de Armas were photographed vacationing together in their native Cuba. The then-couple returned to Los Angeles to isolate together and were dubbed “the only tabloid celebrities of the pandemic” by the Washington Post. Frequently seen walking dogs in casual house clothes and snogging while donning masks (via The Cut), Affleck and de Armas’ pandemic-related romance gave many hope and ease in an otherwise bleak time. However, things became untenably strained when de Armas wanted to move out of Los Angeles. As an insider told People, that just wasn’t an option for Affleck “since his kids live in Los Angeles.”

Was Anna de Armas too independent for Ben Affleck?

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas appeared to have split on good terms, but that didn’t stop some from speculating about drama behind closed doors. Just days before their split was reported in January 2021, an insider told In Touch, “The honeymoon phase is over for Ana and Ben.” The source claimed to the outlet that the then-couple’s “dynamics changed… when they moved in together.” “.

As is often the case in Hollywood power couple stories, Affleck and de Armas reportedly had competing work schedules and different ideas about domestication. “Ana has been a star since dating Ben and has a number of films lined up,” the insider explained, describing the Cuban-born actor as “young, ambitious and her career will always come first.” . Meanwhile, the source claimed that “while Ben wants her to be successful, he’s needy and feels lost and lonely as she gallops through the world without him.”

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A People source seemed to more or less corroborate this version of events when confirming Affleck and de Armas’ split. Although their breakup was “completely amicable,” the insider told People, “They are at different points in their lives … Ben wants to keep working on himself. He’s got three jobs in the row and he’s a solid dad at home.” Given that the two struck up new relationships relatively quickly, it seems all water is under the bridge now.