The internet went wild this week after news broke that the exes, who ended their engagement in 2004, took a trip to Montana together. "They were alone," a source told E! News. "Just the two of them." As word began to spread about the duo's vacation, their "Bennifer" nickname became a top trend online. The moniker, which was coined during Affleck and Lopez's 18-month romance in the early aughts, was actually started by their Jersey Girl director Kevin Smith.
In fact, Smith, who is also Affleck's pal, recalled the story behind the name in a tweet on May 10. "'Bennifer' is trending. It's a name I first gave the kids during 'Jersey Girl' pre-production, before the world found out they were dating," he wrote of the duo, who got engaged in November 2003. "I'd later drop the name in an interview with the @nytimes. Shortly thereafter, it appeared in the article and then entered the vernacular."
While Jersey Girl, which was released in 2004, might've been where the "Bennifer" term was born, it was the set of their 2003 film Gigli where they first formed a connection. After meeting on the movie, Affleck, 48, and Lopez, 51, embarked on a whirlwind romance before calling off their Santa Barbara, Calif. wedding in September 2003. They went on to announce their split in January 2004.
And after the "Let's Get Loud" singer, who called it quits with Alex Rodriguez in April, recently returned from filming her new movie in the Dominican Republic, she and Affleck reunited. "Ben reached out to her to see how she was doing and they had dinner together a few times within this last month," the source explained. "It's natural between them and the chemistry is unreal. They picked up where they last left off and are enjoying each other's company right now."