Ben Affleck’s wife took to Instagram to hit back at critics who accused her of not drinking while launching an alcohol brand

Jennifer Lopez Clears the Air About Her Drinking Habits as She Shops Delola  During 'Pop In' at Liquor Store

Jennifer Lopez spoke directly to critics who are skeptical about her new cocktail brand, Delola.

Lopez took to Instagram to share a video of herself while on her way to purchase some of her new cocktail beverages to prep for Fourth of July festivities on Tuesday.

She addressed comments about her drinking status while admitting there was a time when she was sober, but now she indulges in the occasional alcoholic beverage.

“You know what, I know that a lot of people have been talking about, ‘Oh, she doesn’t even drink, what’s she doing with a cocktail out?’ And to tell you the truth, for a long time I didn’t drink,” the 53-year-old said.

Lopez continued, “Years back, as you will see from several photos of me out, over the past 10, maybe 15 years, I have been, you know, having the occasional cocktail.”

Ben Affleck’s wife clarified that she does “enjoy the occasional cocktail.”

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Jennifer Lopez hit back at critics who had negative things to say about her new cocktail company, Delola. (Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

“I do drink responsibly, I don’t drink to get s—faced. I drink to be social and to have a nice time and just relax and let loose a bit, but always responsibly,” she continued.

The “Marry Me” actress shared that throughout the years, she struggled to find her signature drink and in JLo fashion, she opted to create a cocktail brand herself.


“I have to tell you, I’ve tried a lot of different things, cocktails. I was into White Russians at one point, I was into rosé, but I never found anything that I really loved, like, ‘OK, that’s what I love, this is what I like to drink when I have a drink,’” she said.

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Jennifer Lopez revealed she enjoys the occasional cocktail after fans speculated that she was sober. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

“And so like anything else in my life, I made it myself. I created Delola and Delola is really about a healthier way, something that fit my lifestyle to drink the way that I would drink, the way Jennifer drinks,” Lopez said, explaining that her beverages are gluten-free with “natural flavors” and “lower calories.”

She concluded, “Beautiful spritzers that I came up with, ready to be poured over ice, super easy, something that fits my lifestyle, not something that is gonna have to be belabored, and I have to work on to get the right flavor and so that’s what I created.”

Lopez shared the news of Delola on Instagram in April and was faced with some heavy backlash. Fans were “disappointed” in Jennifer’s comment section on the promotional video at the time.

Another user pointed out Affleck’s sobriety and public struggles with alcohol. 

“This is probably not the best way to support a sober husband,” another user added. 

Jennifer Lopez smizes on the red carpet in a dress with a beaded transparent top next to Ben Affleck in a light blue shirt, black suit and tie on the red carpet for "Air"

Fans mentioned Ben Affleck’s sobriety when Jennifer Lopez launched the cocktail company in April. (Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

In the video, Lopez shared that her brand was inspired by the Italian coast. “There is something about it that just speaks to me,” she said at the time.