Jennifer Garner Opens up on Her Efforts to Not See Her Ex-husband Ben Affleck in the Press

Asma Irshad
Jennifer Garner
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Jennifer Garner avoids reading about her famous ex, while the couple remains friends and co-parents their children.

Jennifer And Ben Are Good Friends

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The couple, who shared three children while married from 2005 to 2018, has remained friends, but the 50-year-old actress would rather not follow their lives online.

Jennifer Doesn't Prefer To See Themselves In Media

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In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine, the 13 Going on 30 star says, "I really work hard not to see either of us in the press."

It Doesn't Make Her Feel Good

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She added, "It doesn't make me feel good, even if it's something nice about one of us. 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."

Garner And Affleck's Children

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Garner and Affleck have three children: Violet, 17; Seraphina, 14; and Samuel, 11.

Affleck Has Been In Memes Over The Last Decade

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Over the last decade, the Air singer has been the target of several memes, ranging from viral interview videos to his reaction during the 2023 Grammys.

Jennifer Called Him Meme-Worthy

When asked if she had seen any of her ex's social media memes, the actress said, "Although I'm sure he's quite meme-worthy, yes!"

Affleck's Experience Of Co-parenting With Garner

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In a March interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck discussed his co-parenting relationship with Garner and the importance of making time for his children.

He Doesn't Want To Leave His Kids

He said, "One of the reasons I [decided to run my own company] was, I'm divorced. I share custody. I don't want to go to Austin and New Orleans and Georgia anymore and not see my kids. It just doesn't work."

These Years Are Important

Affleck continued, "These years are too important. If I miss them, I'll regret it for the rest of my life. And then I thought, OK, well, if I'm in Los Angeles and I'm in an office and I'm doing this work, I can step out for the basketball game or the jazz performance. So I protect those things."

Garner's Relationship With A Businessman

Jennifer Garner attended a performance of Dear Evan Hansen with her new boyfriend John Miller.
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Since 2018, Garner has been in a relationship with her businessman lover John Miller.

Ben Married Lopez

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And Ben married Jennifer Lopez, a singer, and actress, last year, rekindling their romance 20 years after they were engaged.

They Met On The Set Of Gigli

Gigli’ starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez premiered in theaters 18 years ago
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Jennifer and Ben met on the set of the box office failure Gigli in 2001 and engaged the next year.

Separation In 2004

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After postponing their planned 2003 wedding owing to excessive media attention, the pair remained together for a few more months until announcing their separation in an early 2004 statement.

Lopez And Affleck Started Dating Others

The former pair both get into relationships with other celebrities, with the Waiting for Tonight singer marrying her now-ex-husband Marc Anthony and later being engaged to former MLB player Alex Rodriguez.

Affleck Blamed His Drinking On His Marriage

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Garner and Affleck's relationship was questioned after the Argo star appeared to blame his drinking on his marriage to Garner.

He Felt Trapped

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In December 2021, the Air singer provoked outrage when he told Howard Stern in an interview that he felt "trapped" during his marriage to Garner and that it was "part of why" he began consuming alcohol.

The Reason He Started Drinking

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He said of his marriage to Stern, "Part of why I started drinking alcohol was because I felt trapped."

The Criticism He Faced

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Affleck has now commented on the criticism he suffered as a result of his words, which he described as a "very unpleasant experience," and he claims the statements were taken out of context and were "really the opposite of what [he] meant."

He Took Responsibility Of His Behavior

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Affleck stated, "To be clear, my behavior is my responsibility entirely. The point that I was trying to make was a sad one. Anyone who’s been through divorce makes that calculus of, how much do we try? We loved each other. We care about each other. We have respect for each other."