I mean who else would it be, the first post of 2022? Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were one of the best celebrity surprises of 2021, one of the few things we actually want to take from the old year into the new one. Bennifer was accommodating last year, right to the end of it. 


Here they are on New Year’s Eve, shopping with JLo’s daughter Emme in matching black. Emme and her brother, Max, turn 14 years old in February. Fourteen! Right? Nearly two years ago, a few weeks before her eleventh birthday, she was on stage with her mother during the Super Bowl halftime show. 

Emme Maribel Muñiz and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida

It’s a great example of teen change. They can be different people by the season, which is how it should be. This is the time to try it all on. 


As for Ben’s kids, he talked about them yesterday on Kelly Clarkson. This was pre-taped before the holidays, promotion for The Tender Bar which begins streaming this weekend on Prime. Ben was on with co-stars Tye Sheridan and Daniel Ranieri and conversation turned to meeting your idols. Kelly shared that her kids are always starstruck when she introduces them to famous people. And then Ben talked about taking his daughters to meet Taylor Swift. 


I love how this remains reliably true, no matter the generation – parents are parents, no matter how famous, everybody else is always cooler in the minds of your kids. Except, of course, Beyoncé.