Many people were surprised to see the pictures of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez on what looked like a date at the start of this week. Affleck and Lopez had been a mainstay of the tabloids in the early noughties, which chronicled their relationship from the start, through to their engagement, postponed wedding and eventual break-up. Now, almost 20 years later and after several relationships on each side, it looks like they might be back together. If they are back together, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me. I got back in touch with my teenage sweetheart, Andrew, in my late 40s after almost 30 years apart. It ended very well: we’ve been married for four years now. We first met in 1986, when I was 17. I’d packed my bags and left my home on the Isle of Wight to go to stage school, where I had dreams of becoming a professional dancer. In my first year, we did a production of Fiddler on the Roof, in which I played Hodel, one of Tevye’s daughters. The main part of Tevye went to Andrew – a charismatic third year, and one of the most popular boys in the school. He had this aura: women wanted to be with him, and men wanted to be him. I just thought he was so cool, especially because he was the lead singer in a band called Eat. I was delighted when I realised he fancied me back. We started dating and quickly moved in together, to a flat in north London. Unfortunately, about a year after we started dating we had a painful break-up, when he left to go to pursue his music career in the US. I started an acting career, doing bits of work in television, then eventually left showbusiness and became a yoga teacher. Along the way, I got married and had two wonderful sons, who are now 18 and 20. I loved my husband, and our relationship was so right for me at the time. But towards the end of my marriage, when things weren’t going well, I would daydream that Andrew would walk down the garden path and whisk me away. It sometimes felt like he was the one who got away.