Matt Damon On How Pal Ben Affleck Dealt With ‘Bennifer’ Media Frenzy

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Before Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck was in a very public relationship with Jennifer Lopez that gained an unnecessary amount of media attention. The couple was hounded by paparazzi, and they eventually called off their wedding for other reasons. 

Friend Matt Damon spoke with PARADE magazine about the invasion of privacy for A-list celebs, and used Ben’s “Bennifer” phase as an example. He told the publication: 

“At the height of the whole thing with Jennifer Lopez, I remember Ben [Affleck] telling me about one of his days off. It was a Sunday, and I think he’d been shooting, like, six-day weeks. The gas tank in his car was full, and he pulled out of the driveway where they were living, and there were 20 cars there waiting. He just drove toward San Francisco, checking the gas gauge. When it was halfway full, he turned around and drove all the way back– driving for five, six hours. He never got out of the car.”

Matt continued: 

“He said, ‘I was so angry at these guys for invading my life, that I was taking the very little free time I had and wasting it, in order to get back at them.’ I think he kind of broke through to this other place. He said, ‘I just can’t give it any more energy.'”

The We Bought a Zoo star also revealed that he had his own run-in with an invasion of privacy while enjoying a karaoke night with his wife Luciana. “It’s funny, Lucy and I went out the other night for John Krasinski’s birthday. We had dinner and then went out to a bar and ended up at a karaoke place. We sang everything; we hadn’t been out like that in a long time. And Lucy told me the next day, ‘Our whole night was tweeted by people.’ “