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Lopez happy for Affleck's directing win at Globes
By NATALIE ROTMAN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Ben Affleck won Best Director - Motion Picture at the Golden Globe Awards for his Iran hostage thriller, "Argo," ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez was among those cheering the loudest.

Lopez said she gave Affleck a standing ovation.

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"I am so happy for him," she said.

Lopez and Affleck, who were known as "Bennifer," broke off their engagement 10 years ago. The couple were always in the tabloids and became a source of derision, and their movie together, "Gigli," bombed, hurting their careers. It's part of the reason Lopez was so happy to see Affleck, now married to Jennifer Garner, win big at the Golden Globe Awards. ("Argo" also won for Best Motion Picture - Drama.)

"You know, we went through a really rough time in the press and things like that back in the day. So I really felt like, 'Wow this is a great moment,'" she said in an interview this week. "I am so glad for him. He deserves it. He made a great movie. He has made a couple of great movies."

Lopez, 43, has a new film herself. "Parker," also starring Jason Statham, is due out Jan. 25. She plays a woman who has split from her husband, something the singer-actress can identify with.

While she was working on the movie, she was also dealing with the end of her marriage to Marc Anthony, and it hit home.

"I had just gone through that. Literally, a month or two before (shooting started), that had happened. I felt like my whole life had fallen apart. My family had fallen apart. I was very, very sad and depressed when we were doing this film, in a sense," she said.

Lopez added, "Even though every day ... you show up, and you try to be bright and happy and all that. ... But ... it was just hard to get up in the morning. ... So I really understood this character in a way I wouldn't have six months or a year before. Yeah, it was perfect timing, let's just put it that way."

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Jan 16, 2013 2:44PM
Who is this Lopez woman? and who cares what she thinks..
Jan 16, 2013 4:08PM
Why would you ask her about Ben and what she thought of him winning?? I am sure that made Jennifer, his wife, feel great. You and other media outlets are not satisfied unless you have something stirred up or trying to. She, Lopez, will never be the great person Jennifer , Ben's wife is. So, drop it!!!!!
Jan 16, 2013 3:56PM
Jennifer proves once again, she's an opportunist and tries to pull back the strings. She's probably working up to be in one of his next movies. A classy person would step behind - but Jennifer, no, she finds a way to step in front.
Jan 16, 2013 3:58PM
I'm sure Ben  and his lovely wife and mother of his children Jennifer Gardner are thrilled that Jennifer Lopez is happy for him.  Her comments just seem out of place.
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