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Jennifer Lopez Says Blending Families with Ben Affleck Has Been an “Emotional Transition”

Jennifer Lopez is still on cloud nine after marrying the love of her life Ben Affleck last summer, but she says blending their families together has been a bit of an emotional journey.

The pop star opened up about what married life has been like so far during an appearance on Today with her co-star Josh Duhamel to promote their new film Shotgun Wedding. “We moved in together. The kids moved in together,” she shared. “It’s been, like, a really kind of emotional transition, but at the same time all your dreams coming true.” Lopez is mother to 14-year-old twins Max and Emme, whom she shares with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Affleck shares his three children, 17-year-old Violet, 14-year-old Seraphina, and 10-year-old Samuel, with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner. The singer added, “It’s just been a phenomenal year. Like, my best year I think since my kids were born.” Affleck and Lopez initially wed in a Las Vegas ceremony in July before throwing another lavish wedding at the actor’s Georgia estate in August with all their friends and family in attendance. During their interview, Duhamel interjected, “I love Ben too though. I’ve probably loved him longer than you have.” To which Lopez joked, “I bet you have. He’s dreamy, I get it.”

In the November issue of Vogue, Lopez also revealed how newlywed life was treating her, as well as her decision to get back together with someone she broke up with almost 20 years ago. “I don’t know that I recommend this for everybody,” she confessed. “Sometimes you outgrow each other, or you just grow differently. The two of us, we lost each other and found each other. Not to discredit anything in between that happened, because all those things were real too. All we’ve ever wanted was to kind of come to a place of peace in our lives where we really felt that type of love that you feel when you’re very young and wonder if you can have that again. Does it exist? Is it real? All those questions that I think everyone has. You go through all these relationships, and you’re searching and you’re connecting and you’re disconnecting with people, and you’re like, God, is this just what life is? Like a carousel, roller coaster, carnival ride? And then it settles. But the journey to that is the mystery for everybody.”

As for Affleck, he told the magazine that “There is something innately, magically kind and good and full of love” at the core of who his wife is. He added, “That’s exactly the person I remember from 20 years ago. Maybe she sees all the changes she’s made, whereas when I see her, mostly I just see someone who has retained, against the odds, the thing about her that always made her the most incredible to me: a heart that seems boundless with love. She is my idea of the kind of person I want to be.”

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