The “I’m Real” singer’s social media accounts looked a lot different than they usually do, just days before the 20th anniversary of her hit album This Is Me… Then. On Instagram, all her photos, even her profile picture, was wiped. Many of her Twitter posts remained — so she’s not one of those leaving that platform because of Elon Musk, at least not yet — but her profile photo was missing. Her accounts elsewhere were different, too.
OMG @jlo DELETED ALL HER POSTS FROM INSTAGRAM!!!!!!!!
!WHAT IS HAPPENING 😭😭😭! pic.twitter.com/1L4ZEhFFEY
— Jenny Guerrero (@jenny_guerrero_) November 23, 2022
Her followers noticed. And they were super excited about the possibility that the Marry Me star might be preparing a major announcement, possibly a sequel to that album. Her last one was 2014’s A.K.A. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and others have made a similar move just before a new release or tour.
We are beyond excited, can't wait! 💃👑💃 pic.twitter.com/RYUvvGhLwa
— Alba Vegas (@AlbaVegas2022) November 23, 2022
Then was an international hit when it was released on Nov. 25, 2002. Lopez’s third studio album, it featured the singles “Jenny From the Block,” “All I Have” and “I’m Glad.”
When it came out, the world was obsessed with the first incarnation of Bennifer, who were engaged the same month the new music hit stores. Lopez and Affleck were photographed together everywhere, including riding a carriage during the filming of their movie Jersey Girl, which infamously flopped at the box office.
And her album was closely connected to their romance, not just because of the timing, but because she dedicated it to the Changing Lanes actor. He played her boyfriend in her “Jenny From the Block” video.
The couple broke up altogether in 2004, but they reconnected in 2021.