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Last week, Ben Affleck and Anna de Armas broke up unexpectedly. The troubled actor and the Cuban actress have been together for nearly a year, sparking engagement rumors and becoming the most talked-about couple of 2020, thanks to their frequent donut tours and organized paparazzi walks.
Given the shocking news, I decided to talk to someone who may have some insight or at least be able to speculate on what’s next for the duo. I’m talking, of course, about the mind behind the ever-sparking update of Anna de Armas, Stan’s scandalous account that devotedly follows the star’s every move.
@ArmasUpdates is as famous for his praise of de Armas as he is for his witty criticism – a criticism that blocked him from the actress last April. Still, the account remains a staunch defender of her work and a resource for exclusive advice. Here’s what we learned about the new developments.
How did you feel when you heard that Anna de Armas and Ben Affleck had split up?
Shocked, to be honest, although I suspect that the separation occurred just before Anna returned to Cuba for the holidays in December 2020. And yet it seems that they will continue long after she was introduced to the children of Ben and reportedly moved to him.
What do you think led to the separation?
I think the age difference to some extent. They are in different places – Anna wants to create, while Ben wants to rehabilitate. There was probably a discussion about their future, and they decided it was best to take a break or separate.
I also know that Anna wants to spend more time in Cuba since she has a house, family and friends there – she is not the biggest fan of Los Angeles. This may be another factor: possible problems over long distances.
What will you miss the most in BenAna?
The spotlight on the connection. They were literally the defining pair of celebrities in 2020. They played and it was fun to watch. It’s a pity it didn’t work out, because I liked them together and they were happy.
How do you think the separation will affect Anna’s celebrity?
Anna is about to enter a new phase in her career and may not have needed the luggage that Ben carries. Her star will only keep rising. This would always happen before BenAna and obviously will happen after that.
What is your favorite moment of BenAna?
When Anna bought Ben a personalized motorcycle with the right helmets for his birthday and then took him, it was very sweet. Besides, the moment they were locked out of their residence and Ben jumped the fence to save the day was pure gold.
How do you think things will develop at the press conference Deep waters, the upcoming erotic thriller in which they play romantic leads?
This separation is obviously friendly, and I believe that because Ben is friendly with his exes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner, all the people he has worked with.
Also, the film will be released (as far as we know) in August, so there may be enough time left to go through this strange phase.
Maybe they will do separate photo shoots and interviews to respond to possible tensions. I know that the studio insists on a theatrical release of the film, so if things between them are unstable, they will have to falsify it until they do it during a full press conference.
What do you think will happen to the dog they share?
Salsa is Anna’s only dog. The dog has a Cuban heritage like her. She will keep it.
About that card that Anna throws in the trash in front of Ben’s house. Do you think this was a staged photo?
I suspect that on the same day, representatives of Ben and Anna’s camps confirmed the break-up to the press, the cardboard cut was publicly discarded.
This cannot be a pure coincidence. Speculation that Ben’s brother, Casey, discarded the cut makes it even more complicated, but I’ll stick to it because it really looked like it, although it’s not confirmed.
What do you think is ahead of Anna? Will he spend some time at large? If not, who do you think she might go out with in the future?
Anna has a lot to do. There is a James Bond film, a biographical film about Marilyn Monroe and Deep waters with Ben. It is also ready to start production The gray man along with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans for Netflix. There is also a perfume and fashion campaign along the way.
It is reserved and occupied. She may be too busy for love. However, if she finds love, @ArmasUpdates will be the first to say something about it 😉.