Singer Jennifer Lopez revealed the three simple words her new husband — actor Ben Affleck — had engraved on her engagement ring when he proposed to her for a second time nearly two decades after the pair had gone their separate ways.
Lopez made the revelation during an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, noting that the words were repeated in the title of the sixth track on her latest album. The singer explained this was really about her finding Affleck again and reconnecting when the time was finally right for both of them.
The album is “This Is Me … Now” and is meant, according to Lopez, to capture a snapshot of her life at this moment; the song is titled “Not. Going. Anywhere.”
Lopez explained that the significance of the words came directly from the couple’s reunion after years apart — and signified their commitment to making it work this time around.
“That’s how he would sign his emails when we started talking again,” Lopez said of Affleck, explaining that the words were meant to reassure her that he was going to stand by her for the duration. “Like, ‘Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.’”
And while Lopez said that she and Affleck had been on the same page from the moment they reconnected, the added reassurance from Affleck may have provided additional comfort after their first engagement ended badly.
“Once we called off that wedding 20 years ago, I was … it was the biggest heartbreak of my life. I honestly felt like I was going to die. It sent me on a spiral for the next 18 years,” the “Jenny from the Block” singer admitted.
Lopez made it clear in the interview that she was grateful for the lessons learned during their time apart — and for the things they’d accomplished as individuals — but her underlying message was one of hope to anyone who felt like giving up.
Encouraging them not to give up even if the road ahead seemed dark, Lopez reassured her fans that “true love does exist.”