Lopez and Affleck have gained huge press interest
Celebrity couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have finally called off their engagement following months of intense media speculation. BBC News Online looks back at their much-watched relationship.
The Hollywood love affair immediately caught the public's imagination after the A-list pair met on the set of ill-fated film Gigli two years ago.
Lopez, a chart-topping singer and star of films including Maid in Manhattan and Out of Sight, has been married twice before and also had a relationship with rapper P-Diddy.
And while Oscar-winning Affleck has never married, he previously dated high-profile actress Gwyneth Paltrow and has hit headlines for his lavish lifestyle.
The couple were soon dubbed "Ben and Jen" or "Bennifer" by the media, which scrutinised their every move.
It became the world's biggest celebrity romance, prompting a fascination similar to that prompted by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1960s.
But Lopez and Affleck soon realised there was a downside to the media frenzy, blaming the press for the cancellation of their wedding just days before it was due to take place in California last year.
Their film, Gigli, was slated by many critics
"Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date," they said in a joint statement.
"When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate 'decoy brides' at three different locations, we realised that something was awry," the statement added.
Cynics suggested it was just an attempt to trick the paparazzi and suggested the wedding would take place elsewhere.
But if the couple were hoping the media circus would die down, they soon found the move had quite the opposite effect.
Some news agencies said the couple had split for good, while The Sun newspaper quoted a friend as saying "it's all over" because "Ben got cold feet".
The pair initially confounded media speculation by appearing in public together less than two weeks after calling off the wedding.
Affleck won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting
And only last week, Affleck appeared on Channel 4's Richard And Judy show, saying: "We don't need to feed into what had become a frenzy beyond our control. So why not take our time with it?"
Affleck is now arguably more famous for his affair with Lopez than for his acting.
Gigli, in which he starred with his former lover, was a huge flop and is tipped to sweep the boards at the lighthearted Razzie awards for bad movies next month.
And his latest film Paycheck has picked up some poor reviews in the US.
Perhaps his next film will fare better although he may not be feeling too optimistic - Jersey Girl also stars his former fiancée.