Jennifer Lopez received criticisms over taking her husband Ben Affleck’s last name. The 53-year-old actress shared in the December issue of Vogue released on November 8, “What? Really? People are still going to call me Jennifer Lopez. But my legal name will be Mrs. Affleck because we’re joined together. We’re husband and wife. I’m proud of that. I don’t think that’s a problem.”
When asked if Ben can adopt her last name instead, she replied, “No! It’s not traditional. It doesn’t have any romance to it. It feels like it’s a power move, you know what I mean? I’m very much in control of my own life and destiny and feel empowered as a woman and as a person.”
The Hustlers star explained, “I can understand that people have their feelings about it, and that’s okay, too. But if you want to know how I feel about it, I just feel like it’s romantic. It still carries tradition and romance to me, and maybe I’m just that kind of girl.”
JLo announced switching her last name when they got married in Las Vegas in July. That time, she signed off her “On the JLo” newsletter released on July 17 with “With love, Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
This isn’t new at all as she already intended to change her last name to that of the 50-year-old actor’s ever since they first got engaged in 2002.
During an interview with Pat O’Brien in Access Hollywood in 2003, “I think I’m going to stay with Jennifer Lopez, but my name will be Jennifer Affleck obviously.”
She also joked that “J.Aff” didn’t “have quite the same ring to it” as J.Lo, “You gotta make sacrifices.”
She also added that time, “It’s not bad. I’ll take it.”
Jennifer and Ben broke up in 2004 and 17 years later, they rekindled their romance. After their wedding in Las Vegas, they had another intimate ceremony in the actor’s Georgia estate last August.
Jennifer wrote on her newsletter on September 1, “For us, this was perfect timing. Nothing ever felt more right to me, and I knew we were finally ‘settling down’ in a way you can only do when you understand loss and joy.”