It’s been a somewhat rocky road for Jennifer Garner and estranged husband Ben Affleck while the former couple works out their new lives as parents to their three children separately yet together. The pair are still residing on the same estate and are seen in one another’s company on a regular basis, and they are doing their best to co-parent and navigate these new waters. There was a brief point that even made it seem as though Jen and Ben could even reconcile and put a stop to the divorce proceedings.
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The latest news, however, indicates that divorce is still the focus for the star couple, who had been married for nearly 10 years. Along with that report comes news that Jennifer Garner is taking the decision to push forward a little bit harder than Affleck. In Touch shares claims from sources who recently witnessed a heated exchange between Jen and Ben while the couple dropped their children — Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7 and Samuel, 4 — off at school
The source told the publication, “Ben and Jen were talking in the car. There was a lot of gesturing, and it seemed intense. Jen looked really upset, like she was crying. Ben seemed both detached and, at other times, like he was reaching out to her.”
Another insider also revealed that days earlier, Ben indicated that it was time to “pull the trigger” on the 10-year marriage that has run into an 11th year as an estranged couple. The actor is apparently fully ready to end things.
“The divorce is moving forward — their business managers are hashing out their finances right now — and Ben wants to get on with his life,” the insider revealed. “Jen started crying when Ben told, but he’s had enough.”
Despite the negativity that has surrounded Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck over the past year, the two demonstrate that despite their differences, they always put family first. Garner chatted about her parenting style and life with her little ones. Us Weekly shares Jen’s words about teaching her children and watching them grow, also noting that setting a good example is key.
“I don’t think empathy is something you can drill in someone’s head. You have to have faith that while your kids can seem to be selfish and concerned only about the word ‘mine’ sometimes, overall, they are watching you really carefully, and if you care about other people, they will too.”
Jen went on to share about how she seeks to be a good example for her three children, amidst the constant tabloid rumors about her and Ben.
“I try to be the best version of myself and to have faith that they’re watching me as carefully when I do something right as they do when I roll through a stop sign.”
Although there are reports of disputes and arguing between Jen and Ben, it is clear they are making their best attempt at staying civil for the sake of their children. Just last week, the former couple were seen out to dinner without their kids, and the stars are always sure to speak of one another in the best light when put on the spot by the media.
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Earlier this year, after a media firestorm and the “nannygate” scandal that was stamped out as false, Garner finally broke her silence during an interview with Vanity Fair on the separation from Ben Affleck. Her words were admiring and reminded that the pair still have a lot of love for one another, which is why they are able to be in one another’s company and care for their children jointly so well as they do.
The publication noted Jen’s words from that March interview.
“I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him, And I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again. You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had. He’s the love of my life.”
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