'People Magazine' picks Ben Affleck as 'Sexiest Man Alive'
Ben Affleck is the 16th man to receive the People magazine honor
'People' picks Ben Affleck as sexiest
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez already thought so, and now People magazine agrees: Ben Affleck is this year's "Sexiest Man Alive," the magazine announced Wednesday.
By Bob Riha, USA TODAY
The 30-year-old star of movies including The Sum of All Fears and Pearl Harbor has been everywhere lately, mostly because of his romance with Lopez.
After rampant speculation — and copious photos of them kissing in public — he and the singer-actress announced their engagement this month. They also co-star in the upcoming movies Gigli and Jersey Girl.
"I didn't need People magazine to tell me he's the sexiest man alive," Lopez said in the issue, which comes out Friday. "The difference between me and People magazine is that he'll still be the sexiest man alive in my eyes when he's 100 years old."
Affleck is the 16th man to receive the magazine's honor. Last year it was James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, and previous winners include Tom Cruise, George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Also included on the 2002 "sexiest" list are Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, gospel singer Kirk Franklin, American Idol judge Simon Cowell and chef Rocco DiSpirito.