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Last week, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas unexpectedly broke up. The troubled actress and Cuban actress were together for almost a year, spurring rumors of engagement and becoming the most talked about couple in 2020 thanks to their frequent donut rides and staged paparazzi walks.
Given the shocking news, I decided to talk to someone who might have some insight or at least be able to wonder what’s next for the duo. I’m talking, of course, about the mind behind the ever-exciting Ana de Armas updates, the infamous stan account that affectionately follows the star’s every move.
@ArmasUpdates is as notorious for its praise of de Armas as for its witty critique – criticism that got it blocked by the actor last April. The account has still been a skilled advocate for her work and a resource for exclusive tips. Here’s what we learned about the new development.
How did you feel when you heard Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck had joined forces?
Shocked, to be honest, though I suspect the breakup occurred just before Ana went back to Cuba for the holidays in December 2020. Still, they seemed to go long term when she was introduced to Ben’s children and reportedly moved in with him . .
What do you think led to the breach?
I think the age difference to some extent. They are different places – Ana will create, while Ben will rehabilitate. Most likely there was a discussion about their future and they decided it was best to take a break or break up.
I also know that Ana has wanted to spend more time in Cuba as she has a house and family and friends there – she’s not the biggest fan of LA. It could be another factor: possible long-distance problems.
What will you miss most about BenAna?
The spotlight character of the relationship. They were literally the defining celebrity couple in 2020. They played into it and it was fun to observe. It’s unfortunate that it did not work out because I liked them together and they made each other happy.
How do you feel the breakup will affect Ana’s fame?
Ana is entering a new phase of her career, and maybe she does not need the baggage that Ben brings. Her star will only continue to rise. It would always happen before BenAna, and of course it will.
What’s your favorite BenAna moment?
When Ana bought Ben a custom motorcycle with matching helmets for his birthday and then took it on a ride – it was very cute. Also, the moment they were locked out of their residence and Ben jumped over the fence to save the day was pure gold.
How do you think things will go on the press tour for Deep water, the upcoming erotic thriller where they play romantic leads?
This breakdown is apparently amicable, and I think that since Ben has been kind to his exes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, and Jennifer Garner, all the people he’s worked with.
The film will also be released (as far as we know) in August, so it may provide enough time for them to get over the weird phase.
Maybe they will do separate photoshots and interviews to accommodate any possible excitement. I know the studio is pushing for a theatrical release of the film, so if things are shaky between them, they will have to fake it until they manage it during a fully pressured tour.
What do you think will happen to the dog they share?
Salsa is exclusively Ana’s dog. The dog has Cuban heritage like her. She wants to keep it.
As for the cardboard cut of Ana that was thrown in the trash outside Ben’s house. Do you think it was a staged image?
It is suspected to me that representatives from both Ben’s and Ana’s camps on the same day confirmed the breach of the press, the cardboard cut was publicly thrown away.
It could not have been purely coincidental. Speculation that it was Ben’s brother, Casey, throwing the cut makes this even more complicated, but I will stand by it because it really looked like him, even though it has not been confirmed.
What do you think is next for Ana? Will she spend some time being single? If not, who do you think she can be with in the future?
Ana has a lot coming up. There’s James Bond flick, Marilyn Monroe biography and Deep water with Ben. She is also set to start production on it The gray man along with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans for Netflix. There is also a perfume and fashion campaign on the way.
She is booked and busy. She may be too busy for love. However, if she finds love, @ArmasUpdates will be the first to say something about it 😉.