A shift in bromance? Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reportedly spending less time together

A shift in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's friendship, with Damon reportedly spending more time with John Krasinski.

Pop Culture & Art June 20, 2024

Hollywood actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, renowned for their enduring friendship and collaborative ventures spanning decades, are reportedly spending less time together amid recent turbulence in Affleck's marriage to Jennifer Lopez. According to a source cited by In Touch magazine, Damon, 53, and his wife Luciana Barroso have opted to socialize more frequently with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, finding them to be more relaxed companions compared to Affleck and Lopez.

The insider shared, "There's just a lot less drama for Matt and Lucy when they're hanging out with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski than during the increasingly rare times that they get to sit down and hang out with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez." The source highlighted Lopez's demeanor as a possible factor, noting, "Just because of the way Jennifer conducts herself, even around her friends, she's a very hard person to let your guard down around, whereas John and Emily are the definition of easygoing."

Despite this shift in social dynamics, Affleck and Damon's professional partnership appears robust. Both actors, who forged their friendship in their Boston upbringing, have collaborated extensively, notably co-writing and starring in the Oscar-winning film "Good Will Hunting" and more recently working together on the Nike drama "Air." Affleck previously discussed their bond in a 2013 interview with Boston Magazine, revealing their contemplation of taking a break from their collaborative efforts but ultimately maintaining their close relationship and shared business ventures.

Another source affirmed the enduring nature of Affleck and Damon's friendship, acknowledging their recent social preferences while emphasizing their continued professional commitments. "Ben and Matt will always be friends and business partners, but when it comes to blowing off steam and just having a chilled-out time together, Matt can't get enough of Emily and John," the source stated. They added, "Matt and Ben are planning to make another movie together in the near future and that's taking up most of their time, but he's under no obligation to be part of Ben's personal pity party over whatever problems he's having with Jennifer or his kids."

Meanwhile, reports indicate challenges in Affleck and Lopez's marriage, which has been under strain recently. Known affectionately as "Bennifer," the couple rekindled their relationship in 2021 and married the following year. However, sources close to Lopez suggest the marriage is currently facing difficulties, with Lopez striving to maintain normalcy for their children despite the situation.


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