Ben Affleck Got Honest About His Painful Divorce With Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s relationship has been a rollercoaster ride, from being co-stars to spouses and finally to co-parents. Their relationship has been in the public eye for many years, and their fans have seen them go through ups and downs. Recently, Ben Affleck spoke candidly about his divorce from Jennifer Garner, and how they managed to maintain respect for each other throughout the process.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s relationship has been one of Hollywood’s most high-profile romances. The couple met on the set of Pearl Harbor in 2001, and what began as a friendship soon turned romantic, with the couple marrying in June 2005.
During their 10-year marriage, Affleck and Garner welcomed 3 children and became one of the most beloved power couples, very well known for their public displays of affection. However, despite their strong bond, the couple ended their marriage in 2015. “I didn’t want to get divorced, I didn’t want to be a divorced person, I really didn’t want to be a split family with my children,” Ben said at the time.
Talking about how he dealt with the whole divorce process, Ben claimed: “We did it amicably. We did our best. Did we have moments of tension? Did we have disagreements over the custody? Was stuff difficult for us? Did we get angry? Yes,” he said.
However, despite the difficulties in their marriage and Ben’s personal challenges, this couple poured their hearts into working together and providing their children with the best upbringing they could.
Even after their divorce, their love for each other shone through in the way they made mutual respect their top priority. “We had a marriage that didn’t work. This happens with somebody that I love and respect, but to whom I shouldn’t be married to any longer.”
“I’m very grateful and respectful of her,” he added. “Both of us really believe that it’s important to respect one another and get along.”
They each embarked on separate emotional journeys
After parting ways, Ben and Jennifer each found love with other people and moved on with their lives, leaving their past problems and divorce behind.
Less than a year ago, Ben made headlines when he rekindled his romance with his long-time love Jennifer Lopez. After reigniting their relationship in the spring of 2021, Affleck and Lopez wasted no time exchanging vows in an intimate ceremony. Currently, they are both happy together.
In contrast to Ben and Lopez’s high-profile romances, Jennifer Garner has always maintained a low-key approach to her relationships. Garner had regarded herself as single for a considerable period of time before embarking on a relationship with her current partner, John Miller.
A source claimed, “Jen will always care about Ben and help him be the best dad. She was very ready to move on, though. She seems very excited about the future and is in a great place, both personally and professionally.”
Jennifer Garner and John Miller are famously private and discreet as a couple, never having spoken about their relationship or made any public appearances together. Nonetheless, despite their private nature, fans are delighted to see how Jennifer has moved on and found love again.
However, regarding their parenting, Jennifer Lopez opened up about the blended family she and Ben Affleck have formed with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner. Lopez praises Garner, saying that she’s “an amazing co-parent, and they work really well together.” She also admitted that they learn things from each other, which helps with the entire process.
On the other hand, the couple has been vocal about their co-parenting dynamic, with Affleck previously stating how lucky he is to have Garner as a partner in raising their 3 children. “I am a giant fan of Jennifer,” he stated. “She’s just a fabulous person. She’s just a wonderful person. She’s a great mother. She’s a real talent.”
Ben Affleck has had a difficult journey toward reaching positive agreements with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner. The actor has always been candid regarding his personal struggles, and, as he pointed out, “Things I wish I had done differently. I wish I could have not caused someone else pain.”
In fact, while discussing their divorce, Ben made some regrettable comments about Garner that he later realized were not accurate. Affleck confessed: “I was like ’I can’t leave ’cause of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’” As a result, he turned to bad habits as a way to cope with his feelings. The Oscar winner caused a stir in the media when he said he’d “still be making the same mistakes” if he were still married to Garner.
However, the actor has since clarified that his words were taken out of context and that he deeply respects and admires his ex-wife. “We loved each other. We care about each other. We have respect for each other,” he remarked. Ben confessed his comments were ’mischaracterized’ because, as he noted, “I do not feel this way. I’m telling you, I don’t blame my ex-wife.”
Affleck also emphasized the importance of prioritizing his family and being careful about what he says in the public eye. In an interview, he expressed regret over the pain that his comments caused Garner and their children. “I would never want my kids to think I would ever say a bad word about their mom,” he said.