Ben “Not My Batman” Affleck and Knives Out star Ana de Armas are dating and it’s all very sudden and public. Like, they basically cannot stop being photographed together by paparazzi, to the point where some Instagram lurkers think their relationship is a PR stunt (even though she’s spending holidays with his kids now).
Lord knows I love a conspiracy theory, but the only way to truly figure out if these two are legit is to analyze the evidence like my FBI agent boss would want me to. So without further ado, and because we all need a distraction, let’s take a look at Ben and Ana’s dating timeline.
November 4, 2019
Production begins on the pair’s new movie Deep River and they fully connect on-set. According to a People source, Ben and Ana had “great chemistry right from the start. Ben always seemed very relaxed and happy around Ana, but at the time, there were no signs of romance. He was very focused on making a fantastic movie. He arrived early and was one of the last people to leave.”
Psst: Ben and Ana play a couple in this movie, just saying.
February 21, 2020
Ben tells Diane Sawyer that in five years, “I would love to have a relationship that is deeply meaningful and one to which I could be deeply committed….Five years from now, Ben Affleck is sober and happy and sees his kids three and a half days a week and has made three or four movies that are interesting to him. I directed two [movies] that he is hopefully proud of and is in a healthy, stable, loving, committed relationship.”
March 5, 2020
Looks like Ben got his wish! He and Ana are spotted vacationing in Cuba, and naturally, fans snap pics:
March 11, 2020
A source tells People that Ana and Ben are “definitely dating” and that “Ana was his tour guide and took him to all her favorite places” in Havana. Cute, but also…shouldn’t they be isolating? Like…guys. Read the room.
March 13, 2020
Ben and Ana are photographed wandering along a beach in Costa Rica, where Ben spent a lot of time taking what turned out to be insanely blurry pics of Ana. Naturally, TMZ made them into a video:
Meanwhile, Us Weekly also confirms Ana and Ben are dating, with a source saying, “Ben and Ana are happy together and officially dating. Jen [Garner] has completely moved on from Ben in a romantic sense. She considers him a friend, thinks he is a good dad to their children, and respects him. She is happy in her own life and supportive of him and happy for him and his relationship.”
March 18, 2020
Ana posts the photos Ben took of her to Instagram, and the world is floored by his inability to focus a camera.
A few hours later, Ben slides into Ana’s comments and thirstily asks for photo cred:
Also March 18, 2020
Ben and Ana are spotted on a coffee run in Los Angeles, despite calls for social isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
April 1, 2020
After about 26 days of dating, Ben is ready for Ana to meet his three kids. The only holdup is that his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, thinks it’s all a bit too soon. But it sounds like they’re working it out because according to an Us Weekly source, “Ben is understanding. [He] said he would work with Jennifer to prepare the kids for meeting [Ana].”
May 1, 2020
Welp, it was only a matter of time, folks. Ben and Ana take their relationship to the next level, and by next level, I mean they go Insta official. Ana and Ben celebrate her 32nd birthday and take a bunch of pics, two of which show them coupled up and holding each other tenderly. Dare I say…they’re growing on me???
May 14, 2020
Ana and Ben just got even more serious and made their relationship “music video official,” by which I mean they made out in a YouTube video. Fast-forward to 2:20 to see Ana and Ben kiss in the middle of the desert in rapper Residente’s “Antes Que el Mundo Se Acabe” vid.
May 27, 2020
Sources say Ana and Ben only continue to get more ~serious~. People reports that Ana spent Memorial Day weekend with Ben and his kids with ex Jennifer Garner—Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.
“He wants the kids to spend time with her so they can get to know her,” People’s insider said.
“They are enjoying their time together,” a friend of Ben’s added to the outlet. “He makes her laugh and she’s a great influence. They safely visit with his family and he works to make sure he is healthy and present for his family. His priority will always be his children and making that work.”
June 6, 2020
Looks like things between Ana and Ben’s kids are going swell, because they just purchased an entire cardboard cutout of Ana…and put it on their dad’s front lawn. Who knows what the motivation behind that move was, but it’s hilarious!
August 16, 2020
Ben turns 48, and Ana marks the occasion by gifting him his-and-hers motorcycle helmets, which you can see right this way.
If matching motorcycle gear isn’t your thing, Ana also posted a tasteful selfie to mark the occasion:
This brings us up to date, so…guess the only thing left to do is sit around and wait to see if this ’ship lasts until the premiere of Deep Water. Also…stay inside, everyone!
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