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Jen and Ben Are Splitsville--Officially

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Jan 23, 2004 | 4:50am EST

Jennifer Lopez will no longer be sporting the infamous 6.1-carat pink diamond Harry Winston solitaire given to her by Ben Affleck. Bennifer, folks, has called it quits--for good. One of Lopez's publicists confirmed with The Associated Press today that Lopez ended the engagement.

A spokesman for Lopez also confirmed to Us Weekly and People magazines that she had ended the courtship, adding: "At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy."

The breakup was first reported Thursday by Us Weekly amid buzz that Lopez had rekindled her romance with ex-beau Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, reports that both Combs and Lopez have denied.

Affleck's publicist, Ken Sunshine, told the AP, "As usual, we never comment on the private lives of our clients."

The celebrity wedding would have been the third for Lopez, 34, and the first for Affleck, 31. The couple met in 2001 while filming the summer flop, Gigli. At the time, Lopez was married to dancer Cris Judd, her second husband. Lopez filed for divorce from Judd in July 2002, citing irreconcilable differences.

In November 2002, Lopez announced the news of her engagement to Affleck in an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime. Lopez described her feelings to Affleck as being "bigger and realer" and "totally different" from anything she had ever felt before.

But the much-hyped nuptials between Lopez and Affleck, which were to take place Sept. 14, were postponed because of what the couple described as the media blitz surrounding the ceremony.

The media has since been obsessed with the couple--dubbed "Bennifer"--following and analyzing their every move, including their recent trip to a Georgia courthouse where Affleck obtained a gun permit.

Lopez and Affleck appear in the upcoming dramatic comedy Jersey Girl, directed by Kevin Smith, hits theaters March 19. In the film, Lopez plays Affleck's wife, who dies within the film's first 15 minutes.

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