Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s love outshines all of their previous relationships, making it easy to forget there was another Jen on Ben’s arm.
His marriage to Jennifer Garner in the mid-aughts was low-key and suburban, but it ended with plenty of drama. According to People, the actors first met in 2000 while filming “Pearl Harbour.” They also appeared in the 2003 film “Daredevil.”
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Jennifer Garner was married to Scott Farley, and Ben was engaged to Lopez, despite the sparks soaring. However, shortly after the end of both of their relationships in 2004, the newly single couple engaged in a steamy world series PDA. You know things are serious when Ben takes his gaze away from the ball while his favorite Red Sox are on the pitch. Nine months later, they married and expected their first child, Violet Anne Affleck. Seraphina Rose Affleck and Samuel Garner Affleck are her daughters.
Everything appeared to be ideal in the Affleck household—until it wasn’t. According to Vanity Fair, Jennifer Garner accidentally became a tabloid target after the pair announced their split in 2015. Nobody could comprehend why Garner and Ben were divorcing at first. Then word got out that he’d been having an affair with the family nanny. Lesser ladies would have gone to the bank with their (supposedly) unfaithful ex, then dragged his name through the mud. Nonetheless, the scorned mother of three remained classy throughout. There is, however, a reason Jennifer Garner avoids discussing ex Ben Affleck in public.
Meme-less and press-free Jennifer Garner
When Ben Affleck and Jenifer Garner announced their divorce, it triggered a tabloid frenzy. Garner did not appreciate every minute of her time in the spotlight, and she now tries to avoid it as much as possible. As a result, Garner avoids discussing Affleck in public, even when he becomes an inadvertent Grammys meme sensation.
“I really work hard not to see either of us in the press. It doesn’t make me feel good, even if it’s something nice about one of us,” Garner told the Aussie mag, Stellar (via Insider). “I just try to forget that I’m out there in any way, and the same with anyone I love. I don’t need to see anyone in my family made into a meme,” she continued before conceding, “Although I’m sure he’s quite meme-worthy, yes!”
Meanwhile, while Jennifer Garner has regrets about her first marriage to Scott Foley, she has no regrets about her second marriage. She believed they were in it for a long and put her all into the connection. “It was a real marriage,” Garner explained to Vanity Fair. “I wasn’t doing it for the cameras.” And staying in it was a top goal for me. And that didn’t work.” She stated that “Nannygate” was not the reason for their breakup. Garner said that their relationship was finished long before rumors surfaced that Affleck was having an affair with Christine Ouzounian, something he has always denied.
Blended life, happy wife
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck remain friends as they co-parent their kids. Both are committed to giving their children a healthy and happy upbringing with as little media exposure as possible. Affleck admitted to Howard Stern that he even second-guessed his decision to reunite with Jennifer Lopez, fearing the tabloid onslaught would affect his family. “My responsibility to my children is the highest responsibility I have,” Affleck said. “I don’t want to do anything that is painful or destructive to them if I can help it.”
“That being said, my life affects them. I’ve already inflicted that on them,” he continued. “Me and their mom are celebrities, and that’s hard. Let’s not bull***t each other. That is a cross to bear. That’s an albatross already.”
Meanwhile, Jennifer Garner is in a magnanimous mood regarding Affleck’s marriage to Lopez. A source told ET that “[Jen’s] been supportive” of her ex-husband’s new relationship and that the Affleck-Lopezes are giving “The Brady Bunch” a run for their money. “The kids get along well, and Ben’s kids love Jen, and Jen’s kids adore Ben,” the source said. Lopez praised Garner for being “an amazing co-parent” in an interview with Vogue. “They really work well together,” she said of Affleck and his ex-wife. “What I hope to cultivate with our family is that his kids have a new ally in me, and my kids have a new ally in him. Someone who really loves and cares about them,” she continued.