There are many levels of officiality when it comes to relationships between Hollywood A-listers. There’s “blurry, hard-to-see paparazzi photo” together, there’s “laughing side by side at a Lakers game in full view of everyone” together, and then, of course, there’s the upper echelon of celeb romance—“Met gala” together. (I can just imagine Carrie Bradshaw asking Mr. Big in the upcoming Sex and the City reboot, “Are we Met gala official?”)
When it comes to actual, non-fictional Hollywood pairs, nobody knows more about achieving relationship stability in front of a watchful crowd than Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, a.k.a. Bennifer. The couple that defined early-2000s romance has been back together for some time now, but their newly rekindled romance was ratcheted up to high gear when they appeared together at the Met gala on Monday night, locking lips through their respective masks.
It is my sincere opinion that one day, not so far in the future, schoolchildren will be shown this photo in an attempt to illustrate the mind-bending events of the year 2021. I can see it now: “Here, kids, are J-Lo and Ben, who you might remember from our unit on Aughts Love 101, back together at the Met Gala and kissing through their masks while Lopez clutches an iPhone 12; you’ll learn more about those in your Apple History electives.” The words “instantly iconic” get thrown around with abandon, but…talk about an image that’s worth a thousand words!
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