Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck (Bennifer) hit the headlines after having been sailing on a yacht seized by Spanish officials. The $100 million yacht was reported to be owned by Sergei Chemezov, a former KGB agent and the CEO of the Russian state conglomerate Rostec.
The power couple dated from 2002 to 2004, when they called off their engagement a few days before tying the knot. Rumors that they had decided to rekindle their relationship were confirmed once Hollywood beauty posted photos on Instagram of the pair enjoying themselves on a yacht.
Hot pics of Ben touching Lopez's backside and the couple smooching reminded many fans of the 2002 video Jenny from the Block. The fans wondered if the couple was trying to reenact the yacht scenes from the video ahead of the song's 20th anniversary.
The yacht Lopez and Affleck decided to charter for the singer's 52nd birthday, Valerie, has an impressive volume of 2,755 gross tons and an amazing interior space. Staffed by 27 people, it can accommodate 17 individuals while they're having the time of their lives.
Other features include a 20-foot-long pool, a well-equipped gym, a breath-taking spa, and an elevator. Those who enjoy pampering will appreciate many luxurious amenities, such as a beauty salon, a deck jacuzzi, a musical fountain, a beach club, and even underwater lights. There is also a helideck for passengers to come and go as they please.
Valerie is registered to Chemezov's stepdaughter Anastasia Ignatova and is listed for sale by Dynamiq for €89 mil.
The news that the couple is back together was met with glee by their fans. Everyone simply loves the idea that there could be a happy ending in their story. If Hollywood producers ever decide to shoot a movie about love and second chance, they should make sure to cast Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in it.
And while Lopez and Affleck continue to enjoy their time together, western countries continue to seize assets associated with wealthy Russian businessmen. The measures were enacted in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Under the sanctions, assets owned by Russian tycoons will be frozen within the EU and the US, a move already made by France, Italy, and Britain. Russians are trying to evade the sanctions by sending their jets and superyachts to various places worldwide.
The list of sanctioned individuals keeps getting longer, although the factors affecting the decision-making process remain unclear. Analysts suspect a couple of reasons for the EU and US soft approach.
They believe officials fear that a complete rollout of targeted Russian tycoons may leave the impression that Putin is being cornered with no way out. The feeling could foster even more gruesome behavior on the part of the dictator.
Some analysts believe that it is a part of internal division strategy. The pick-and-choose approach is bound to raise questions over why some businessmen were left out of the picture.
In any case, what happens next remains to be seen.
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