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Rumors of marital tension and low ticket sales reported before cancellation

Jennifer Lopez canceled her “This Is Me…Now” tour less than a month before it was scheduled to begin.

The singer wrote in her newsletter that it was “absolutely necessary” for her to cancel the concerts. Concert promoter Live Nation said Lopez needed time off to be with her “children, family and close friends.”

The tour was in support of his 2024 It’s me now album – his first in a decade – and the self-financed film that accompanied it. Some of her new songs addressed her rekindled relationship with her husband Ben Affleck 20 years after canceling their first engagement.

Since the album’s release, it has been reported that the tour was struggling to sell tickets and that Lopez and Affleck were living apart amid marital strife. It’s unclear whether Lopez’s tour cancellation had anything to do with her marriage, but there’s no denying that the project itself is inextricably linked to their love story. Affleck said he wasn’t always comfortable being introduced as his muse.

We’ll take a look back at their relationship, Lopez’s latest release, and how her tour ultimately ended.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck at the premiere of “Gigli,” their first film together in 2003. (Albert L. Ortega/WireImage via Getty Images)

THE Gigli the partners began dating in 2002 and got engaged the same year. They postponed their engagement three days before the wedding in September 2003 and officially separated in early 2004.

They both spoke about how their relationship was deeply affected by their presence on the covers of the tabloids. Even 20 years later, it seems that this is still the case.

American actor Ben Affleck and American actress and singer Jennifer Lopez at the 78th Venice International Film Festival 2021. The final red carpet duel.  Venice (Italy), September 10, 2021 (Photo by Marilla Sicilia/Archivio Marilla Sicilia/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)American actor Ben Affleck and American actress and singer Jennifer Lopez at the 78th Venice International Film Festival 2021. The final red carpet duel.  Venice (Italy), September 10, 2021 (Photo by Marilla Sicilia/Archivio Marilla Sicilia/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Affleck and Lopez at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival. (Photo by Marilla Sicilia/Archivio Marilla Sicilia/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Lopez confirmed that she rekindled her relationship with Affleck in July 2021 and that they married in Las Vegas in July 2022.

“The catalyst for (our first breakup) was this intense scrutiny of our private lives,” Affleck explained in the documentary. The greatest love story ever told. “In the beginning, I had a very strong sense of boundaries around the press. Even though Jen, I don’t think, objected to it the way I did, I really objected to it. Getting back together , I said, ‘Look, one of the things I don’t want is a social media relationship. Then I kind of realized it wasn’t fair to ask.’

While promoting It’s me now album and film, Lopez announced the Today that she would go on tour the following summer.

“We’re reaching every city in the United States,” Lopez said. Orlando was to be his first stop on

Two decades after his album entitled It’s me…so, Lopez decided to “tell the truth” about her past relationships. A film called It’s me… now: a love story accompanied the album and she spent $20 million of her own money to bring it to life.

“It’s meta,” she told Yahoo Entertainment ahead of the project’s release. “It’s not autobiographical, but it’s definitely inspired by events in my life and by other people’s journeys that I’ve watched. But it’s definitely the story of a desperate romantic journey through life and its search for love. It really is that kind of thing in a way, and there are definitely things from my life that are infused and inspired in the story.

Some songs are about Affleck, like “Dear Ben, Part II,” but she also revisits failed relationships and past abuse.

The film is “certified fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 75%, but has received some scathing reviews from Vanity Fair and IndieWire.

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Less than two weeks after his self-produced album and film, a documentary on their production was released: The greatest love story ever told. The documentary takes its name from a book Affleck made for Lopez containing “every letter and every email” they wrote to each other between 2001 and 2021 “and counting.”

“I really found the beauty, the poetry and the irony in the fact that it is the the greatest love story ever told” Affleck told the cameras. “And if you make a record about it, it’s kind of like telling it.”

Although Affleck said he doesn’t want to stop Lopez from creating the art she wants, Lopez said “that doesn’t mean he’s pretty comfortable as a muse.” He was surprised to learn that Lopez let the songwriters read the personal letters. between them as a source of inspiration for his new album.

“Jen was really inspired by this experience, which shows how artists do their work,” Affleck explained. “As a writer-director, I certainly do the same things. But the private things I’ve always considered sacred and special because, in part, they’re private. So it was kind of an adjustment for me .”

that of Lopez Monster-in-law co-star Jane Fonda wondered if the singer was “trying to prove something” by doing a vanity project about her relationship with Affleck instead of just living their lives.

The singer canceled tour stops in Nashville, Atlanta, New Orleans and several other cities between August 22 and 30.

Some reports suggest the tour stops were scrapped due to low ticket sales, but Lopez’s team said it was a “logistical error,” according to People.

Around the same time, the tour was renamed from “This is Me… Now: The Tour” to “This Is Me… Live: The Greatest Hits”. No changes were made to the setlist and the tour was always intended to be a celebration of his career rather than his latest album, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Rumors of marital strife began swirling in early May, when Affleck attended the Netflix roast of Tom Brady alone on May 5. The next day, Lopez arrived at the Met Gala alone.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Jennifer Lopez attends the Costume Institute 2024 benefit for NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Jennifer Lopez attends the Costume Institute 2024 benefit for

Lopez at the 2024 Met Gala, without Affleck. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

On May 15, the tabloid In Touch reported that the couple were “on the verge of divorce” and were living apart. The next day, People magazine confirmed that 47 days had passed since they were photographed together. Hours later, they attended a school event together for one of Affleck’s children — both wearing wedding rings. Us Weekly reported that they were “having problems” within their marriage, but have not yet separated.

On May 22, people reported that their marriage was “not in the best place” and that they were still living apart, citing different personalities and what they shared about their life together as a major problem. The same day, Lopez answered a question about her relationship during a press conference for her new film, Atlas.

A source close to Lopez told People on May 28 that they were still living separately. “She’s back in LA for tour rehearsals. She looks good. She is very focused on her work,” they said.

Lopez shared news from concert promoter Live Nation on May 31 that her summer tour, scheduled to begin in Orlando on June 26, “is canceled.” In her newsletter, she said she was “completely heartbroken and devastated.”

“Jennifer is taking time to be with her children, family and close friends,” the announcement reads. There was no mention of Affleck or their relationship.