What do you buy for the man who has everything? Judging by Ben Affleck’s expression, his new girlfriend, Ana de Armas, made the perfect choice.
It’s a long time since we’ve seen the Argo star looking so happy – and it seems the Cuban-Spanish actress has a lot to do with it. She went all out for his 48th birthday recently, buying him a customized deep mint green BMW motorcycle with matching Hedon “Heroin Racer” helmets.
And Ben seemed to be thrilled with the gift. In a sweet picture The Knives Out actress posted on Instagram, he can be seen standing behind Ana (32), grinning from ear to ear.
The couple immediately took the new bike for a spin in Pacific Palisades, California, where the actor lives.
Although they’ve been spotted out in public many times before, they’ve managed to keep their relationship private and off social media – something the 48-year-old has also done with his previous romances. So Ana’s Instagram post is being read as a sign that things could be getting serious.
They first met on the set of the thriller Deep Water
in November 2019, while playing a married couple who’ve fallen out of love with
“They had great chemistry right from the start,” an onset source reveals.
Yet despite this, the duo reportedly maintained a professional relationship while shooting.
“Ben always seemed very relaxed and happy around Ana, but at the time there were no signs of romance,” the source adds. “He was very focused on making a fantastic movie. He arrived early and was one of the last people to leave.”
A few months after shooting, Ben and Ana took a romantic trip to Havana, Cuba, where they were spotted walking around and grabbing a bite to eat with some friends.
“They are definitely dating,” an insider told People magazine.
According to tabloid reports, Ana was his tour guide and took him to all her favorite places.
When Ana appeared on the cover of Spanish Vogue’s April issue, Ben shared some sweet words about the actress in the magazine.
“The first time we read the scenes together, it became pretty clear she was going to do something exceptional with a very complex role," he said.
“Her character is the engine of the story and requires her to move between tragedy and irony or between realism and the most absurd comedy.
“Not only does she know how to do it with ease, she also manages to surprise you in every shot. Her talent is infinite.”
In April, Ana took to Instagram to share some snaps from her birthday weekend with Ben. The pair marked the special occasion with lots of cake, a hike and balloons.
“Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes and love!” Ana wrote alongside the pictures of the two cuddling. “Cheers to another great year.”
Not only has Ana made Ben the happiest man, she’s also
helping him stay sober, friends say.
“Since Ana has been in Ben's life, being sober has become easier to manage,” a source told Harper’s Bazaar.
“She has given him everything he wants and needs in a partner. He's very satisfied with Ana and isn't looking for a coping method.”
Ben has also reportedly introduced Ana to his three kids, Violet (14), Seraphina (11) and Samuel (8), who he shares with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, People reports. An insider told the magazine that Ben is very serious about the actress and wants the kids “to spend time with her.”
“They are enjoying their time together,” another source said about the loved-up couple. “He makes her laugh and she's a great influence. They safely visit with his family and he works to make sure he is healthy and present for his family. His priority will always be his children and making that work.”
And Jennifer has reportedly given the blossoming
relationship her stamp of approval.
“Jen has completely moved on from Ben in a romantic sense. She considers him a friend, thinks he is a good dad to their children and respects him.
“She is happy in her own life and supportive of him and happy for him and his relationship,” the source added.
Not only does Jen support their relationship, but Ben’s best friend Matt Damon also reportedly approves of it. The pair were recently seen on a double date with The Bourne Identity actor his wife, Luciana Barroso, at a Malibu beach.
- The 32-year-old studied theatre at the National Theatre of Havana.
- Before her major role in the 2019 film Knives Out, the Cuban actress starred in various American and Spanish movies and TV shows.
- Daniel Craig is a major fan of hers. “I should always be so lucky to work with a woman like that,” the English actor once said.
- She has a heart of gold. When Ana travels back home to Cuba, she only packs clothes and items that she can donate.
- Ana has a gift for languages. She learnt English in just four months by sitting and studying in a classroom for seven hours a day.