After she missed her best friend’s nuptials, many fans are asking: Why didn’t Leah Remini attend Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s wedding and what is their friendship like now?
J-Lo and Ben married for a second time at Ben’s estate in Savannah, Georgia, in August 2022. The wedding was attended by J-Lo’s twins, Emme and Maximilian (whom she shares with ex-husband Marc Anthony), and Ben’s children, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel (whom he shares with ex-wife Jennifer Garner), as well as celebrities like Matt Damon. One star who was missing, however, was J-Lo’s longtime friend, Leah Remini. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2018, Leah, who starred with J-Lo in 2018’s Second Act, revealed she met her best friend through J-Lo’s ex-husband. “I was friends with Marc Anthony and then he started dating Jennifer, and he was doing the film, Man on Fire,” Leah said at the time. “I went to the movie’s premiere and he said, ‘You have to meet Jennifer!’ And he was telling Jennifer, ‘You have to meet Leah and Angelo,’ my husband.” She continued, “We went to the premiere hoping she was gonna be ugly in real life. And then, when I was approaching her, I was like, ‘I hope it’s the lighting. Maybe she just looks good in here.’”
J-Lo then added about how her friendship with Leah was immediate. “We fell in love right there,” she said. “It was one of those instant chemistry things where you just feel like, ‘I love this person. I love being around this person. This person makes me laugh.’” She continued, “She’s cool and we also have very similar upbringings. That’s why we work well together.”
After J-Lo and Ben, who dated from 2002 to 2004, got back together in April 2021, Leah posted an Instagram in June 2021 of her 51st birthday party, which was the first Instagram post of J-Lo and Ben together since they reunited “Wanted to share a little video from my birthday with you all because I got so much love from you on my birthday but also everyday,” Leah captioned the post. “I consider myself to have the best support system here on social media. Also, I can’t thank my family & friends enough for coming, for celebrating with me in a way that was very special to me.”
Given how close their friendship is, Leah raised eyebrows when she didn’t attend J-Lo and Ben’s second nuptials, which came a month after they married for the first time in July 2022 at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. “We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” J-Lo wrote in her newsletter, On the JLo, at the time. She continued, “They were right when they said, “all you need is love”. We are so grateful to have that in abundance, a new wonderful family of five amazing children and a life that we have never had more reason to look forward to. Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at twelve thirty in the morning in the tunnel of love drive through, with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with. Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things-and worth waiting for.”
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