Stunting for attention wastes no time in Hollywood, baby! Last week, 48-year-old Ben Affleck and 51-year-old Jennifer Lopez were doing the absolute most by being papped and initiating a firestorm of celebrity gossip. JLo and Alex Rodriguez just called off their engagement, and JLo was already teasing the sequel to Bennifer. And well, last night, JLo and Ben kept the teasing coming by attending the Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite the World. But they weren’t photographed together, because JLo is no amateur stunt queen and knows how to keep people guessing!
The Vax Live concert was filmed yesterday but won’t air until May 8. Before the concert, JLo posted her look on social media, and of course, she had to hashtag JLo Beauty because I mean, it wasn’t her glam squad who turned her into an ageless goddess. It’s the olive oil masks.
— jlo (@JLo) May 3, 2021
Guess who else was there? That’s right! OG Bennifer had nothing to do with each other but were both on stage at some point during the night. Ben did a Batman bit with Jimmy Kimmel:
Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel at Vax Live Concert After (2/May/2021) pic.twitter.com/RGO6eh1iqX
— ʙᴇꜱᴛ ᴏꜰ ʙᴇɴ ᴀꜰꜰʟᴇᴄᴋ (@BestAffleck) May 3, 2021
Page Six says that people think there may have been a secret message hidden in JLo’s performance though. During her performance, she sang the song Sweet Caroline dedicated to her mother, Guadalupe Lopez. And guess what, that song is very popular among the Boston Red Sox, which has to do with Ben because he likes them. And Ben was on stage after JLo! So it all means something! Clearly!
But sources in the crowd couldn’t help notice that the song is also a Red Sox anthem — and that Lopez’s ex, Boston native Ben Affleck, appeared at the concert in a segment immediately following her performance. The tune has been played at every Fenway Park home game for nearly 20 years.
— Desiree Murphy (@desireemurphy_) May 3, 2021
Meanwhile, most people at the show seemed more excited about 36-year-old Prince Harry. Harry and 39-year-old Meghan Markle are Campaign Chairs for Vax Live, which “aims to inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere.” Meghan is pregnant, so she’s busy with that, but Harry was at the concert and the whole crowd gave him a standing ovation for some reason:
Well, he’s here! Los Angeles LOVES Prince Harry tonight — he gets electric reception and standing ovation as he steps out on the biggest stage since moving down the road in Montecito. #VaxLive pic.twitter.com/ewzqZ7WnYz
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) May 3, 2021
People says that Harry gave a passionate speech about getting the world vaccinated and showing gratitude to the front-line workers:
“Hi everybody. We are at a defining moment in the global fight against COVID-19. Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world. You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all. You served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harm’s way and with bravery knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you.
But we’re also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity. The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere. We cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution to every corner of the world.
The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail out and that’s what tonight is about. The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point.
None of us should be comfortable thinking that we could be fine when so many others are suffering. In reality, and especially with this pandemic, when any suffer, we all suffer. We must look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know, and those we don’t.
We need to lift up all of humanity and make sure that no person or community is left behind. What we do in this moment will stand in history and tonight, we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India who are battling a devastating second wave.”
I do wonder what the inevitable Anti-Vax Live will be like? Hosted by Joe Rogan but he leaves halfway through and Kristin Cavallari takes over? Anwar Hadid coming in on Skype to DJ a set? A special vanguard award for Jenny McCarthy? Sounds fucking terrible fun!