Jennifer Lopez performs Red Sox anthem ‘Sweet Caroline’ just before Ben Affleck takes the stage at concert

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She sings her tune.

Jennifer Lopez performed Neil Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline” as a tribute to her mother at Global Citizen’s “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” on Sunday night.

But sources in the crowd couldn’t help but 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 after his performance.

The tune has been played at every Fenway Park home game for almost 20 years.

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Jennifer Lopez performs at "Vax Live: the concert to bring the world together" on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)
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Jennifer Lopez performs at “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)

Affleck, 38, was a host on the show with comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who poked fun at Affleck’s role as Batman – as well as the star’s predilection for Dunkin ‘Donuts.

Page Six previously reported that Lopez – who recently parted ways with former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez – and Affleck have been spending time together since returning to Los Angeles from filming her latest movie to begin the rehearsals for the Saturday night concert.

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Affleck reportedly visited Lopez’s Bel Air mansion several times throughout the day, but the exes are strictly friends – and always have been – according to sources. They were both scheduled to appear at the “Vax Live” concert.

At the show, Lopez, 51, sang “Sweet Caroline” with her mother, Guadalupe, joining her on stage. The pop star told the crowd about the song choice: “When I thought about which song to sing tonight, I remembered the song [her mother] I used to always sing to myself when I was a baby… if you wanted to make me happy I would love to sing that one tonight. “

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have been 'hanging out' lately amid the pop star's breakup with Alex Rodriguez, according to reports.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have been ‘hanging out’ lately amid the pop star’s breakup with Alex Rodriguez, according to reports.
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But some fans in the crowd at SoFi Stadium couldn’t help but raise their eyebrows. “It’s 100% a Boston song,” one insider noted during filming.

Indeed, “Sweet Caroline” is played at Fenway Park in the eighth inning of every Boston home game. The tradition officially began in 2002 when an executive on the team noticed the crowd’s connection to the song every time it was performed since the late ’90s.

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Affleck is a die-hard Red Sox fan, reportedly refusing to wear a Yankees hat while filming his hit movie “Gone Girl”. He reportedly told director David Fincher, “I won’t wear a Yankees hat. I just can’t. I can’t wear it because it’s going to become a thing… I’ll never hear the end of it. I can’t do it. He. “

Sources also said that Lopez’s set included the feminist pop anthem “Ain’t Your Mama,” which includes the lyrics: “We were crazy in love / Can we go back to what it was / When are we- you become too comfortable / ‘Cause I’m too good for this / I’m too good for this. “

A source from the show joked, “This is just a revenge game.”

Immediately after Lopez’s performance, Affleck was introduced to the stage with Kimmel. Affleck wore a pointy black suit and white shirt, while Kimmel was comically dressed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin.

Kimmel asked Affleck why he wasn’t wearing his Batman costume, and they comically attributed it to a misunderstanding because Affleck had told him to “wear a costume.”

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Sources tell us that Kimmel told Affleck, “You told me we dress… I’m wearing my costume and you are not wearing your costume!” He added: “You are Batman, duh!”

When Affleck sheepishly replied, “I’m trying to get past that,” Kimmel joked, “Oh, are you trying to get past that?” Do you think when people see you coming out of a Dunkin ‘Donuts, they’re going to say,’ Oh hey, there’s the guy from “Clerks 2″? They’re going to say, ‘There’s Batman! Batman bought a lot of vanilla iced lattes. I hope Batman can wear them all. ‘”

Page Six reported exclusively in March that J.Lo and A-Rod, 45, were separating – although they later said they were “working on some things” before eventually quitting. They had been engaged since 2019.

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Affleck and Lopez were engaged in 2002 and nicknamed “Bennifer” by fans and the media. They postponed their marriage to 2003 and separated months later in early 2004.

The “Good Will Hunting” star also recently praised Lopez in an InStyle magazine profile, saying of the pop icon, “Where do you keep the fountain of youth? looks the same as in 2003 and looks like I’m in my 40s… at best? “

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Ahead of the show, Affleck was seen this weekend Saturday with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner at one of their three children’s swimming lessons.

Lopez has also seen Rodriguez dine in Los Angeles since their split, along with his close friend Leah Remini.

Also at the concert, Prince Harry was greeted by a rockstar when he appeared on stage. The event also included Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, HER, Chrissy Teigen, Sean Penn and David Letterman.

This article was originally published on page six.

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