Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have only been together for about a month, and they only just recently sealed their publicity-based reunion with a totally casual kiss at Nobu Malibu. But their love is so powerful and all-consuming, that it really does make a person forget that this is Ben’s second big, attention-based pandemic relationship. It was just last summer that we were talking about Ben moving in with Ana de Armas and possibly getting engaged. That’s JLo’s gig now. But Ana hasn’t been doing so badly herself when it comes to dating. Except for this summer, there’s likely to be a whole lot less iced coffee runs (that just so happen to get documented by a pack of photographers). This time, Ana is keeping it a little more low-key by dating a tech exec.
Sources tell Page Six that 33-year-old Anna has been dating 37-year-old former aspiring actor turned Vice President of special initiatives at Tinder, Paul Boukadakis. Ana and Ben Affleck announced they had split up in January of this year, and by March she was heavily denying that she’d gone back to him. It’s not known exactly when Ana began seeing VP Paul, but sources say they’ve been dating for a couple of months and it’s gotten serious enough that she’s met his family. via Page Six:
A source tells us, “Paul and Ana were introduced through friends. He is based in Austin, but splits his time between Texas and Santa Monica. He has been spending a lot of time with Ana before she left the US to film her new movie.”
The source adds that things have been going well between the new couple, and he has already introduced de Armas to members of his family.
Paul’s job at Tinder is to create content for Tinder’s Swipe Night events. It sounds like he’s fully immersed in the Tinder branding, which begs the question: did he or did he not ask Ana to go steady with him by asking her to swipe right and match with his heart. We’ll have to wait and see on that. Ana reportedly had to leave Paul in May to film “The Gray Man” in Mallorca (but it looks like she returned home a few weeks ago). Ana hasn’t mentioned Paul on social media, and Paul is pretty quiet in that department. But the die-hard Stanas at her Twitter fan account, Ana de Armas Updates, appear to be thrilled:
they both swiped right omg
— Ana de Armas Updates (@ArmasUpdates) June 16, 2021
Since this relationship is still technically in “rumor” stage, we’ll have to wait for a concrete sign that it’s the real deal. That might be a pap photoshoot, or going Instagram official. But no one should wait for the appearance of a cardboard cut-out. It’s not going to happen. The word Tinder makes you think of sparks and fire, and everyone knows that cardboard is highly flammable. That’s just a bad omen right there.