Ben Affleck admitted in a recent interview that he severely regretted his divorce from now ex-wife Jennifer Garner, and days later, the couple was spotted together chatting on a Los Angeles sidewalk.
As Us Weekly reported, the former couple was seen talking before bringing their 7-year-old son, Sam, to a birthday party in L.A. The report noted that both appeared dressed casually and seemed in good spirits as they talked. It was the first time the two had been seen together publicly since Affleck told The New York Times that his 2018 divorce was his single biggest regret in life and that it left him with deep feelings of shame.
“The biggest regret of my life is this divorce,” Affleck said. “Shame is really toxic. There is no positive by-product of shame. It’s just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing.”
The divorce was reportedly caused by the Gone Girl actor’s struggles with alcohol and his inability — and sometimes unwillingness — to kick his addiction. He would end up going to rehab after their split with the support of Garner, and the two have since maintained a good relationship for the sake of their children. A source informed Hollywood Life that the actress was impressed to see how much work he had put in to becoming a better man.
“The fact that he is admitting to his struggles and mentioned his biggest regret was losing her, although it is sad, it is also something she really appreciates hearing,” an unnamed insider commented, per the outlet.
The source added that Affleck’s attempts to get his alcohol addiction under control showed Garner that her outreach to her ex was well received, and that she has grown to respect him more.
The Us Weekly report did not indicate that there was anything romantic going on between the exes, noting that Affleck told The New York Times he is looking to move forward. He has dated a bit since the split but none appeared too serious. Garner, meanwhile, has been dating John Miller since October 2018.
Not everyone is so happy to see Affleck opening up about the relationship, however. A source told Us Weekly that Garner’s new boyfriend was worried that her ex was still focusing too much on his past relationship. But the report added that Affleck has been committed to staying sober and wants to find someone new in his life, though his busy schedule couldn’t accommodate it right now.