Now that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are definitely, definitely back together, it feels like anything is possible. If two superstars can reconnect with an ex of nearly two decades ago, who knows what else might be written in the stars for us, waiting for us to return to our destiny? Some celebrity couples have a way of seeming inevitable and Bennifer is definitely one of them, the pull of time no match for these charismatic actors finding their way back toward one another — and they’re far from the only Hollywood couple with this otherworldly magnetism attached. Many of the most famously hot-and-heavy couples of all time have broken up at one point or another, only to be drawn back into each other’s orbits — think Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, or Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick. With the Bennifer wedding still stuck in our heads, we’re taking a look back at some of the other most thrilling re-couplings of exes we’ve seen over the years…some of whom we still hope might be on their way to a happy ending.
While Affleck and Lopez certainly win the prize as the couple who went the longest broken up before reuniting, we can’t help but wonder what other long-lost loves might one day be added to this list. For those who dare to dream, there’s a spot for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston to be had here — for agents of chaos, one for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, perhaps.
As you read and remember, let these celebrity reunions, both real and imagined, act as your proof that no time spent in love was ever wasted: five, ten, or 17 years down the road, you may pick up just where you left off.
A version of this article was previously published in June 2021.