Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck hold hands as they stop by the Country Mart in Brentwood for lunch… after the actor denied using dating app Raya
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were spotted walking hand in hand after having a long lunch together at the Country Mart in Brentwood.
The superstar, 52, looked chic as ever in a flowing black dress cinched in at the waist with a belt, while her fiancé sported a casual look in a plaid shirt and jeans.
The outing comes after the Argo director, 49, recently denied having been active on dating app Raya last year, after Selling Sunset’s Emma Hernan, 30, revealed they matched in 2019.
Holding hands: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were spotted walking hand in hand after having a long lunch together at the Country Mart in Brentwood
The singer paired her stylish dress with orange-tinted sunglasses, and layered multiple gold chains around her neck as well as gold hoop earrings.
The Love Don’t Cost A Thing hitmaker finalized the look with a pair of comfortable white sneakers and a large black purse.
Her brunette tresses were parted in the middle and lightly curled, gently cascading down her shoulders.
Chic: The superstar, 52, looked chic as ever in a flowing black dress cinched in at the waist with a belt, while her fiancé, 49, sported a casual look in a plaid shirt and jeans
No trouble: The outing comes after the Argo director recently denied having been active on dating app Raya last year, after Selling Sunset’s Emma Hernan revealed they matched in 2019
Meanwhile Ben wore a white T-shirt underneath his plaid shirt as well as a pair of Vans.
Making sure to stay hydrated, the Academy Award winner left the mart carrying a drink in his hand.
The pair were seen engaging in conversation, as they looked into each other’s eyes while walking.
Stylish: The singer paired her stylish dress with orange-tinted sunglasses, and layered multiple gold chains around her neck
Stunner: Her brunette tresses were parted in the middle and lightly curled, gently cascading down her shoulders
Cool guy: Meanwhile Ben wore a white T-shirt underneath his plaid shirt as well as a pair of Vans
Happy: Ben flashed a smile wile walking with his soon-to-be-wife
The recently engaged couple were later seen driving away in Ben’s Tesla.
Earlier in the day Lopez showed off her youthful complexion and left fans agog as she shared snaps of herself getting her makeup done looking strikingly young.
While Jen made no mention of Ben’s mild dating app drama on Saturday, she did share a series of new shots – including a video of her enjoying a lollipop.
Keeping hydrated: The Academy Award winner left the mart carrying a drink in his hand
Small adjustment: At one point the Hustlers actress appeared to adjust the back of her dress
Romantic: Lopez recently shared that Affleck proposed to her while she was taking a bubble bath
Chatting it up: The pair were seen engaging in conversation as they walked
A rep for Affleck was forced to clarify that the actor had not been on Raya for at least two years ahead of his rekindling with his now-fiancée Lopez, last April, after Hernan spoke about their flirty online correspondence on the fifth episode of her hit Netflix reality series’ fifth season.
‘Raya has confirmed that he has not been an active member for several years,’ the Gone Girl’s rep confirmed to People.
Hernan claimed she connected with the Deep Water actor on the app during a conversation with costar Chrishell Stause.
Second engagement: Ben and Jen were previously engaged 18 years ago
Cheerful: The lovebirds were seen smiling as they left the Country Mart
Speeding away: The couple were later seen driving away in Ben’s Tesla
The real estate agent alleged the two-time Oscar winner asked her ‘to grab … coffee a few times.’
‘He may or may not have been texting me,’ she said coyly, before revealing he used a ‘very sweet’ ‘opening pickup line’ to get her attention.
The reality star, who made it clear their messages happened ‘right before’ he reconnected with Lopez gushed: ‘We have the Boston connection.’
What drama? Lopez shows off her VERY youthful looking appearance after beau Ben is forced to clarify he’s no longer on Raya
False: Affleck shut down rumors that he matched with Emma Hernan on dating app Raya, with his rep saying he has ‘not been an active member for several years’; Pictured in 2021
What could have been: Hernan, 30, claimed she connected with Affleck on the elite dating app before he rekindled with fiancee Jennifer Lopez in April 2021; Seen on April 16, 2022
The women initially began talking about the producer after Stause mentioned he went ‘viral because he sent’ something to another woman on the app, which has been dubbed as ‘celebrity Tinder.’
They were referring to a TikTok, made by actress Nivine Jay, who shared a video of herself recalling the time she unmatched with Affleck because she thought his profile was fake last May.
‘Thinking of the time I matched with Ben Affleck on Raya and thought it was fake so I unmatched him and he send me a video on Instagram,’ Jay captioned the video of her looking upset.
No bother: While Jen made no mention of the mild drama on Saturday, she did share a series of new shots – including a video of her enjoying a lollipop
How does she do it: The 52-year-old looked much younger in her latest snap
Footage then panned to a recording the father-of-three sent her, in which he said: ‘Nivine, why did you unmatch me? It’s me!’
Raya is often described as the celebrity version of Tinder, as the dating app requires a membership and a vetting process, which is enticing to big movie stars like Affleck.
The app – which launched in 2015 – describes itself as being ‘an exclusive dating and networking platform for people in creative industries.’
During a conversation with pal Selling Sunset costar Chrishell Stause on the fifth episode of their hit Netflix reality series, the real estate agent alleged the two-time Oscar winner asked her ‘to grab … coffee a few times’ (Affleck pictured earlier this month)
So in love! Affleck and Lopez recently announced their their second engagement, after getting back together nearly 18 years after they called off their wedding; pictured in February
Jay, the woman who posted the video of Affleck, later clarified that she didn’t believe Affleck was being a ‘creep’ when he reached out to her on Instagram after she unmatched the star on Raya, thinking he was an imposter.
‘I’m seeing a lot of comments calling him a creep and l don’t think that’s fair. l wasn’t making fun of him in the video,’ Jay claimed to E! News in an interview. ‘l was making fun of myself for thinking he was a catfish and it was just supposed to be funny.’
The video sparked a feverish response from his fans, while helping to launch her to five minutes of stardom, as she became the subject of much speculation in the hours after she posted her TikTok video.
Happiness: The couple’s relationship came as a shock to fans, heating up again nearly 17 years after their failed engagement; seen September 2021 in NYC
Making a splash! Lopez revealed she was naked in the bathtub when Affleck proposed to her for the second time with a emerald-cut green diamond
Affleck has since become engaged to Lopez for the second time, nearly 18 years after they called off their first wedding.
Membership in Raya costs $7.99 per month, but to join you must be referred by an existing member, and then their application is voted on by a ‘membership committee’.
The acceptance rate for Raya membership applications is approximately eight percent. In addition to subscription fees, the company also charges for sponsored placement of user requests.
Click and tell: Nivine Jay went viral on Monday when she posted a TikTok video about the experience
In 2021, Drew Barrymore revealed she saw ‘a lot’ of other celebrities on the app, saying: ‘It was like looking through an Us Weekly.’
Drew, 46, even revealed how she ‘got stood up by a guy who owned a restaurant’ admitting that she ‘did terribly’ on the app.
Other stars rumored to have used the service include Moby, Lily Allen, Cara Delevingne, Raven-Symoné, Tommy Lee, Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings.
Raya: The VERY exclusive dating app which approves only 8% of applications
Raya is often described as the celebrity version of Tinder, as the dating app requires a membership and a vetting process, which is enticing to big movie stars.
The app – which launched in 2015 by Mike McGuiness, who at the time was a partner at Los Angeles PR company the Co-Op Agency – describes itself as being ‘an exclusive dating and networking platform for people in creative industries.’
Users must be referred by an existing member and their application will then be voted on by a membership committee.
Only about 8% of applicants are reportedly approved.
In addition to subscription fees of $9.99 a month, the company also charges for sponsored placement of user requests.
Little is known about Raya, but in late 2016 it acquired video messaging startup Chime led by Jared Morgenstern, who was part of Facebook in the early days.
Morgenstern, who was Raya’s first investor, told TechCrunch: ‘Raya is a utility for introducing you to people who can change your life. Soho House uses physical space, we’re trying to use software.’
Other stars rumored to have used the service include Moby, Lily Allen, Cara Delevingne, Raven-Symoné, Tommy Lee, Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Handler.
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