Affleck, Lopez postpone wedding to avoid media frenzy

Thursday, September 11, 2003

— Even Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are sick of hearing about their wedding.

So they announced Wednesday that they've decided to postpone it.

The most overexposed couple in the world decided they didn't want any added exposure for their nuptials, which were set to take place this weekend at a mansion in the Santa Barbara area.

"Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date. When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate 'decoy brides' at three different locations, we realized that something was awry," said a joint statement released by Dan Klores and Ken Sunshine, Lopez and Affleck's respective New York-based spokesmen.

Affleck and Lopez have become a romantic phenomenon that gossip columnists have dubbed "Bennifer" and chronicled relentlessly since they started dating last year.

Some celebrity journalists fear the postponement report could be a fake-out to dupe the press.

"I think it's a good possibility. I think it's at least 50-50 that the wedding will still take place this weekend but perhaps in a different location," said editor Bonnie Fuller, who oversees 14 magazines including the Enquirer, the Star and the Globe.

If or when the wedding happens, it will be the third for Lopez, 33, and the first for Affleck, 31. The couple met while filming this summer's infamous bomb "Gigli."