JLo and ex Ben Affleck have 'always been friends' as the former pair is spotted together after her split from ARod

JENNIFER Lopez has "always been friends" with ex Ben Affleck a close pal has claimed, confirming the pair have hung out together following her split with Alex Rodriguez.

The I'm Real songstress, 51, has been spending time with her former partner and Gigli co-star since the break-up with her ballplayer fiance, after rumors she couldn't trust him.

Despite them putting out a joint statement last month, which stated they were "better as friends", it was JLo who ended the relationship.

On Friday, The Sun reported how Ben, 48, and Jen were "secretly hanging out at her LA home."

Now a source has confirmed to People this is the case – and always has been.

They told the website of the Pearl Harbor and Hustlers stars: "They are friends.

"They have always been friends and they have seen each other through the years."

The two have been spending time at her Los Angeles home, and Ben's been seen going there during the day multiple times recently.

A source told Page Six: “Security picks him up at a nearby location and drops him off after spending a few hours at her house.”

JLo allegedly sends a white Escalade SUV to pick him up and take him to her residence.

The 51-year-old superstar only recently returned to the area after filming her new movie, Shotgun Wedding, in the Dominican Republic.

Ben, 48, has reportedly visited her three times since she's been back.

Sources said the two are just "friendly" and have remained that way since splitting years ago.

“They are friends … they’ve never not been," an inside said.

Ben and Jennifer, collectively known as Bennifer, got engaged in November 2002, just a few months after her split from husband Cris Judd.

The two ended up delaying their 2003 wedding, before calling it – and their relationship – off completely at the start of 2004.

Ben split from his recent girlfriend Ana de Armas in January, while Jennifer and Alex announced their split with a joint statement after four years together last month.

"We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so," it read.

"We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects.

"We wish the best for each other and one another’s children.

"Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."

A source close to JLo told Us Weekly that next time she wants a boyfriend and partner she can trust. 

Sadly, Jennifer didn't fully "trust" Alex, 45, even before rumors began to swirl that he had cheated on her with Southern Charm's Madison LeCroy.

"She has been pretty miserable," said another source, adding "and didn't think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex."

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