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Jennifer Lopez cancels summer tour

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck at a charity poker tournament in Las Vegas on Nov. 17, 2023. Rumors have been swirling that the couple’s marriage is in trouble, with tabloids offering reports almost daily on the state of their union. (Maggie Shannon/The New York Times)

By Maya Salam

Jennifer Lopez announced late last week that she has canceled her “This Is Me ... Live” summer tour. In a message on her website she said she was “heartsick and devastated” about the decision.

“Please know that I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t feel that it was absolutely necessary,” she continued, promising her fans that they’d be “together again.”

An accompanying statement from Live Nation, which owns Ticketmaster, said that “Jennifer is taking time off to be with her children, family and close friends,” and that tickets bought through Ticketmaster would be refunded automatically.

The tour, scheduled for arenas across the country, appeared to be struggling with ticket sales; earlier this year, a handful of dates had been canceled and several shows appeared to have a number of unsold seats, Variety reported in March.

The cancellation comes during a time when Lopez, 54, has been in the spotlight for both her work and her personal life. She currently stars in the sci-fi action thriller “Atlas,” which has been the No. 1 film on Netflix in the United States since its debut last week.

And in February, she released an expansive, ambitious project, which she had poured $20 million of her own money into. It included a studio album, “This Is Me ... Now”; an accompanying musical film, “This Is Me ... Now: A Love Story”; and a making-of documentary, “The Greatest Love Story Never Told,” which stars her husband, actor-director Ben Affleck, 51. The pair also appeared together in an ad for Dunkin’ Donuts that debuted during this year’s Super Bowl.

Despite the recent collaborations, rumors have been swirling for weeks that their marriage is in trouble, with tabloids offering reports almost daily on the state of their union. Lopez and Affleck were famously minted as “Bennifer” when they dated from about 2002 to 2004, a period that included a brief engagement. They reunited in 2021 and married in July 2022.

A representative for Lopez did not immediately respond Friday to questions about the tour cancellation or the reports about her marriage to Affleck.

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