JENNIFER Lopez "is looking for a new mansion in Los Angeles, close to Ben Affleck" because her old home base of Miami "reminds her of her ex Alex Rodriguez," a source has exclusively told The Sun.
Fans will know that the former couple spent most of the Covid-19 pandemic locked down in Florida.
It seems like Jennifer, 51, is ready to fully move on from her past relationship with Alex, 43, as she is looking for a new home in Los Angeles.
A source told us: "Before ARod, JLo spent more time in LA than in Miami, but while she was with him, Miami became their family base.
"[Alex's] ex is there and he is there a lot with his daughters – and JLo has strong roots in Miami as well."
The famous baseball player shares Natasha, 16, andElla, 13, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.
The source continued: "They were there all the time and [Jennifer] was living there most of the time with him and his girls, but now that they’ve ended their engagement, she is looking towards LA."
The source further revealed that "right now, Miami reminds her of HIM and for work, LA has always been more convenient."
According to the source, when the Hustlers star lived in Miami, "she was always flying back and forth to meetings and photoshoots, rehearsals and for filming so obviously LA makes a lot of sense."
The source also addressed those pictures of Jennifer that TMZ published earlier this month, where she toured different Los Angeles schools to enroll her 13-year-old twins.
"She has been looking at schools for Max and Emme and is looking for a new house near Ben. NOT WITH HIM. It's way too soon and the breakup from ARod has been super hard on the kids. Much harder than it's been on Jen," the source said.
Jen shares Max and Emme with ex-husband, Marc Anthony; while Ben shares Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel with ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.
"Ben is tied to LA because his kids are there – so he has to be there," the source said.
And despite the new Hollywood couple willing to make the distance work, the source claimed that "neither Jen nor ben do well with distance, so the move makes sense."
However, "she knows her kids need time to get used to it and they need some stability.
"Right now is a good time to check out schools and buy a house so that they can start with the other kids in their class in September – that's the plan, to be moved in and settled before the school year begins."
The Sun has reached out Jennifer's rep for comment.
JLo ended her engagement to ARod back in April and a few days later, she and Ben prompted reconciliation rumors when the actor was spotted leaving his ex's home.
Since then, they have enjoyed a romantic getaway at a Montana resort, hung out at Jennifer's $18million rented Malibu beach house, and were even seen hugging after dinner in West Hollywood.
The pair, who met on the set of Gigli in 2001, postponed their 2003 wedding plans and announced they were splitting a few months later.
However, according to some industry insiders, they never fell out of love and are "picking up right where they left off."
Ben’s dad scoffed at the notion that the actor has secretly been carrying a torch all along for the thrice-married singer.
“I’ve never heard of all that nonsense,” said Timothy, a retired social worker and writer who also has worked in the theatre, appearing with Ben’s brother, Casey, in his 2010 film I'm Still Here.
In a chat with The Sun at his home in upstate New York, he added that he was reluctant to discuss the news reports because Ben has not mentioned to him that he is seeing Jennifer.
“Of course I’ve heard of her,” he said. “But I’d no idea about any of this.
“I talk to my kids about their lives when I see them and they share with me what they want to share.”
He admitted that perhaps he is in the dark because he has not been able to get together with Ben for months.
“I haven’t seen my kids in so long, what with their work and Covid,” he said.
Ben, for his part, has seemed to be pining for his ex-wife Jennifer Garner, not JLo.
Last year, he called his 2018 divorce from the mom of his three children “the biggest regret of my life”.
He blamed his breakup with Jen not on any romantic obsession with Jennifer, but on his battle with booze, which he believes may be hereditary.
“There’s a lot of alcoholism and mental illness in my family,” Ben told The New York Times.
“The legacy of that is quite powerful and sometimes hard to shake.”
His paternal grandmother was hooked on alcohol and barbiturates and committed suicide at just 46, according to a report in The New York Times.
His uncle killed himself with a shotgun and his aunt was a heroin addict, while Timothy is a recovering alcoholic.
“I’ve spoken about that,” Timothy confirmed to The Sun. “I’ve had over 30 years of sobriety.”
But he doesn’t think genes totally explain Ben’s drinking. He believes a “major factor” has been the pressures of stardom.
And that makes him pessimistic about his son’s chances of finally finding happiness.
Ben has vowed that after many stints in rehab he will stay sober.
But Timothy said: “A huge corporate enterprise – which Hollywood is – by its nature is a tough place to make your way and for a global star, which Ben was, it’s even harder.
“I just wish people would focus on the good work my son does in Congo – the women he helps there.”
Ben launched a charity in war-ravaged Congo in 2010 after hearing shocking stories about women who were raped by militia.
“There are important stories the media should be reporting like that, not this nonsense [about Jennifer],” Timothy said.
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