Actor Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner met on the sets of the movie "Pearl Harbor" in the summer of 2000. At that time, Jennifer Garner was married to actor Scott Foley. The duo again reunited on the sets of "Daredevil" in 2002, and at that time, Ben Affleck was dating singer-musician Jennifer Lopez. Ben Affleck later mentioned that during the filming of "Daredevil," the duo fell in love.
During an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "We met on 'Pearl Harbor,' which people hate, but we fell in love on 'Daredevil.' By the way, she won most of the fights in the movie, which was a pretty good predictor of what would happen down the road—my wife, holding swords and beating the living s--- out of me." Ben got engaged to Jennifer Lopez a few months later in the fall.
In 2003, the couple seemed flirtatious during an appearance on "Dinner for Five," even though they were both still with other people at the time. In March 2003, Jennifer Garner and Scott Foley announced that they were heading towards a split, and Scott clarified, "Jennifer became a huge celebrity. She became a huge star, and she deserved everything she got. There was no other relationship; there was no infidelity, nothing. People get divorced, you know? "
Jennifer Garner, in an interview with Allure in 2013, mentioned that Scott and she didn’t have a shot. She mentioned that "he’s a wonderful guy, and we just imploded." In 2004, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck called off their engagement, and after a few years, Jennifer Lopez addressed the breakup, stating, "I was eviscerated. I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, and thought maybe I did suck at everything. "
In October 2004, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner made their first public appearance as a couple at the World Series. The pair got engaged in April 2005. It was Jennifer Garner’s 33rd birthday, and on June 29th, 2005, the couple got married in a private ceremony. Victor Garber officiated the wedding and shared with Entertainment Weekly, "It was an incredible honor and one of the most special events of my life. I will never forget it. It's embedded in my heart. "
After Ben Affleck won the Golden Globe for Best Director for "Argo," the actor thanked Jennifer Garner and said, "I adore you, I love you. You're my everything. " In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck talked about Jennifer Garner and said, "She is by leaps and bounds the most important person to me." In 2012 during an interview, Ben Affleck said about Jennifer Garner, "She does have a fundamental kindness and empathy in her that I think is rare, and incredibly appealing and wonderful. She’s definitely atypical of someone in this business, because this business tends to cultivate a kind of solipsism, narcissism -- almost demands it -- so resisting it and being someone who’s the antithesis of that is really unusual. It’s one of the things I really love about her."
In 2015, it was reported that Ben Affleck left a vacation with Jennifer Garner and took the family’s nanny, Christine Ouzounian, to Charity Poker in Las Vegas. There were various reports of Ben dating the 28-year-old nanny that was spiraling around the industry.
Ben’s representative said in a statement, "The story is complete garbage and full of lies. It's shameful. We are considering legal options." It was during the same time period that reports of Ben and Jennifer Garner's separation also came out, and later that month, the couple announced that they were getting a divorce, and released a statement that read, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children, whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private family matter. Thank you for understanding. "
Jennifer Garner later opened up about their split and said, "We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. What am I going to do about that? ' He's the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He's just a complicated guy. When his sun shines on you, you will feel it. But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow." She called him "the love of her life." They finalized their divorce in April 2017 and were seeking joint custody of their three kids. In October 2018, their divorce was final.
In March 2017, Ben Affleck announced via Facebook that he had completed his treatment for alcohol addiction and wrote, "I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and I want them to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery. "
In February 2020, Ben Affleck, in his interview with the New York Times, shared that his addiction had impacted his relationship with Jennifer Garner, and when he realized the cracks in his marriage, he increased his alcohol consumption. He added, "The biggest regret of my life is this divorce. Shame is really toxic. There is no positive byproduct of shame. It's just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing. I have certainly done things that I regret. But you've got to pick yourself up, learn from it, learn some more, and try to move forward. "
The couple usually meet up to support their children and are always in good and positive spirits. Recently, Ben Affleck in his interview on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show; who is now dating Jennifer Lopez, said, "We probably would've ended up at each other's throats. I probably still would've been drinking. Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped. I was like, I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy. What do I do? We had a marriage that didn't work. This happens. I love and respect her, but I shouldn't be married to her any longer. Ultimately, we tried. We tried and we tried because we had kids. Both of us felt like we didn't want this to be the model that our kids see of marriage. "
The Good Will Hunting actor said, the marriage ended ‘amicably’ and further revealed, "Did we have moments of tension? Did we have disagreements over the custody? Was stuff difficult for us? Did we get angry? Yes. But fundamentally it was always underpinned with respect. I knew she was a good mom. I hope that she knew that I was a good dad. I was. I had to get sober — I knew that too — and I acknowledged that. I said, 'You're right. I've got to quit drinking.'"
The couple shares three kids, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, and have become an example of positive co-parenting. A source told People that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are going strong, and she feels truly meant to be. After the comments, Ben made about his marriage to Jennifer Garner, fans seemed divided and have expressed that it is extremely sad that Jennifer Garner has to read this or hear this, but some fans said that anyone who has ever been in an unhappy marriage can understand and relate to the feelings Ben mentioned. One said, "It was amicable. They were both not happy. Calm down. "
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