Jennifer Lopez Reveals She Essentially Fell for Marc Anthony Three Days After She Was Supposed to Marry Ben Affleck

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck ended their engagement three days before they were set to walk down the aisle together and say their “I dos.”  Then, just three days after their canceled wedding, Lopez started falling for someone new: Marc Anthony.

The 45-year-old singer recalls the heartbreaking split and her fast-moving love life in her new book True Love, explaining how Anthony helped her move forward.

“Ben and I split up at the moment when I thought we were committing to each other forever,” she says.  “It was my first heartbreak.  It felt like my heart had been torn out of my chest,” even though she’d already been married twice before.

But while others typically turn to alcohol, drug use or overeating to compensate for the heartbreak, J. Lo says she found comfort in people.

“My way of anesthetizing the pain was different.  I sought out comfort in another person, tried to find someone who could make me feel loved and wanted in my loneliest hour,” she writes.

Cue Anthony, then 35, entering her life to “rescue” her (or so she thought).

“Marc came back into my life three days after I should have been at the altar saying ‘I do’ to another man,” she added.  The two originally met in 1998.

“Thinking back, maybe deep down I knew that this was a Band-Aid on the cut, that my wound hadn’t been stitched or healed,” she reflected. “But I pushed all that to the back of my mind. Because life takes unpredictable twists and turns, right? And you’ve just got to go with what you feel is best in the moment.”

Seven years after their marriage, Lopez would come to find out that Anthony was not her perfect match, announcing their split in 2011.

Launch the gallery above to see J. Lo and Marc Anthony’s love timeline.