Why Ben Affleck Wasn’t With Jennifer Lopez at the 2023 Met Gala or After-Parties

A major bummer…but understandable!

Jennifer Lopez gave the world a pleasant surprise on Monday when she attended the Met Gala and an after-party in two gorgeous ensembles, despite being photographed with her husband Ben Affleck in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

Ben didn’t wind up joining her for the New York City festivities despite attending with her before in 2021, but there’s no drama behind the absence. The Daily Mail reports that Ben was unable to go only because he had “work commitments he could not get out of” in Los Angeles.

J.Lo instead brought her sister Lynda Lopez as her plus-one to Casamigos’s Met Gala after-party. Lynda shared a photo of their night out on Instagram, writing, “#Aboutlastnight Stayed up late wayyyy too many nights this week… #mamasnightout ❤️,” alongside a pic with her sister in the second slide of the carousel:

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On the Met Gala red carpet, Jennifer wore a custom Ralph Lauren halter dress with a black top and light-pink skirt and accessorized with a black fascinator in her hair and opera gloves. She responded to reporters who shouted, “Mrs. Affleck!”

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For the after-party, the celeb switched into a classic black-and-white look. She wore a Ralph Lauren blazer, a white blouse, and a dark skirt with a high leg slit and topped it off with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

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Although Ben wasn’t with his wife at the Met Gala this year, he did join her at the Grammys, where he went viral for his facial expressions.

He reflected on that experience to the Hollywood Reporter, saying, “I had a good time at the Grammys. My wife was going, and I thought, Well, there’ll be good music. It might be fun. At movie awards shows, it’s speeches and, like, sound-mixing webinars. But I thought this would be fun. I saw [Grammys host Trevor Noah approach] and I was like, Oh god. They were framing us in this shot, but I didn’t know they were rolling. I leaned into her and I was like, ‘As soon they start rolling, I’m going to slide away from you and leave you sitting next to Trevor.’ She goes, ‘You better fucking not leave.’ That’s a husband-and-wife thing. I mean, some of it is, I’m like, ‘Alright, who is this act?’ Like, I don’t keep up. My wife does, obviously. And yeah, it is your wife’s work event. And I’ve gone to events and been pissed off. I’ve gone and been bored. I’ve gone to awards shows and been drunk, a bunch. Nobody ever once said I’m drunk. [But at the Grammys] they were like, ‘He’s drunk.’ And I thought, That’s interesting. That raises a whole other thing about whether or not it’s wise to acknowledge addiction because there’s a lot of compassion, but there is still a tremendous stigma, which is often quite inhibiting. I do think it disincentivizes people from making their lives better.”

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