The Bennifer Bubble Bath proposal

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are engaged
Maeve Connolly

There’s a new celebrity proposal genre and it’s all thanks to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. 

Ben, king of Boston, proposed to Jennifer, queen of the high pony, while she was splish splash having a bubble bath. Beach proposals at sunset on a private island are so passé, it’s all about the Bennifer Bubble Bath.

Jennifer says her “beautiful love” got down on one knee, which is a risky move on wet bathroom tiles but kudos to Boston Ben for risking life and limb for a second chance at love with Jenny from the Block.

J.Lo shared the news in her subscription newsletter On the J.Lo. 

“Saturday night while at my favourite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed. 

“I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time trying hard to get my head around the fact that after 20 years this was happening all over again, I was quite literally speechless.” 

Her lack of words gave Ben cause for concern. Had she bath water in her ears? Did she think he was down on one knee, tying a shoelace and asking “Will you mind me popping out for an hour?”

So he checked that she had heard him. “And he said, ‘is that a yes?’. I said YES of course that’s a YES.”

“I was smiling so big and tears were coming down my face, feeling so incredibly happy and whole. It was nothing fancy at all, but it was the most romantic thing I could’ve ever imagined… just a quiet Saturday night at home, two people promising to always be there for each other. Two very lucky people. Who got a second chance at true love.”


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The last time Ben proposed it was with a pink diamond ring. Fast forward two decades and he mixed things up a bit on the colour chart.

“Green has always been my lucky colour and now, for sure, it always will be,” Jennifer wrote while gazing, misty eyed at her green diamond ring, feeling happy and whole.

It was on April 14 last year that J.Lo and A-Rod announced the end of their two-year engagement. One day later A-Rod was on Instagram stories showing us a photographic shrine to his ex with Coldplay’s Fix You as mood music. Dollars to doughnuts, he’s at home sticking pins in a cushion with Ben Affleck’s face on it. 

And now our thoughts turn to the Bennifer nuptials and that source who told Heat magazine last September about their plans for a six-day, $60 million wedding which was “going to be a major event like the Oscars and a true Hollywood spectacle like no other”.

Given what went down at the Oscars last month Sleb Safari very much looks forward to hearing from the source on how Plan B is shaping up. Congrats Bennifer!

Grace and Frankie are back

YOUR favourite mums are back on Netflix to finish the series of Grace and Frankie that got interrupted by Covid, four episodes in.

Jane Fonda is Grace to her ride and die Frankie, played by Lily Tomlin, in this most adorable and funny of shows. 

The pair can barely tolerate each other but when their husbands leave them to marry each other Grace and Frankie’s shared pain dissolves their mutual hatred. It is great to see women in their 70s and 80s portrayed on screen with such positivity and vibrancy and for a show to celebrate the sexuality of older women. 

Grace and Frankie’s seventh series resumes on April 29. Do yourself a favour.


Dolly Parton is an early bird

We have long known that Dolly Parton is some woman for one woman. And now we know why. Dolly has around about four more hours in the day than you because she gets up at 3am.

“I don’t need a whole lot of sleep,” Dolly told Insider. “I go to bed pretty early, but even if I’ve been up late — it’s just kind of like a little clock inside of me that says ‘it’s three o’clock'.”

“I do some of my best work there, but I get enough sleep. I don’t require as much sleep as a lot of other people do, that’s kind of a Parton family trait.”

Think what you could do with an extra four hours every single day. You could write a book, train for a marathon, master origami… or get four more hours’ sleep.

Dolly also has sage advice in regards to spendy skincare.

“I don’t do any big rituals with my skin or anything, and I don’t think you have to pay a ton of money to have good products. 

“Most of the products that cost less are just as good, and sometimes better than the ones that cost a fortune.”

Dolly, Sleb Safari salutes you and your (cruel) body clock.


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