Ben Affleck has broken his silence over the emotional, tell-all Vanity Fair cover story about his estranged wife Jennifer Garner.
According to the New York Times, Affleck was initially reluctant to discuss the end of his marriage “for the sake of his three children” because “it ends up being in the record somewhere, in the great miasma of junk on the Internet.”
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) March 14, 2016
In the end, the 43-year-old Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor, decided to share a few details to the paper — and they were incredibly generous to his ex.
“Jen’s great. She’s a great person,” said Affleck. “We’re on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that’s the reality that I live in.”
Affleck said he knew about the Vanity Fair article before it came out.
“She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with,” the actor recalled. “So she could say, ‘Look, I already talked about it — I don’t want to do it again.’”
In the magazine’s March 2016 cover story, Garner shared many details about her 2015 split from Affleck, including the now-infamous nanny scandal and the strain alleged infidelity had on their marriage. But, she also noted that she married the man and not the image.
— E! Online (@eonline) March 7, 2016
“I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him,” the Miracles From Heaven actress said. “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. 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. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were married for 10 years and are the parents of three children — Violet, 10, Seraphina, seven, and Samuel, four.