Divorce is almost always messy, and when there are kids involved, you will remain in each other’s lives forever. This can lead to arguments, hurt feelings, and difficulties communicating. Celebrities are still human beings and so, divorce for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck has been no different.
Unfortunately for them, their public spats are frequently splashed across the front pages of gossip magazines and newspapers; that can’t be easy. Ben and Jen are frequently seen in public together, often with their children.
Not only is divorce migraine-inducing, but the holidays can add even more stress to the pressure cooker, especially when other family members are involved.
The former couple was seen in a heated argument the day after spending the Thanksgiving holiday together. The conversation (or intense fight) looked heated, with Ben throwing up his hands in frustration. Jen later drove Ben to a hotel in Santa Barbara, stopping at Starbucks on the way (and who could blame her? Caffeine is definitely necessary in a situation like that).
They seemed to quickly put the argument behind them, as they were seen arriving together for church on Sunday, with their three children in tow. They both looked to be in better spirits, even smiling at the cameras.
In October, the actor concerned many people when he appeared to fall off the wagon at the UNICEF Masquerade Ball. He was pictured in a mask, stumbling around, clearly inebriated as he held on to a female companion.
A source told HollywoodLife afterward, “Ben’s doing well and looking great after the relapse. He’s taking his sobriety very seriously.”
The former couple began dating back in 2004 and were married in June 2005 during a private ceremony in Turks and Caicos. They have since welcomed three children together.
They announced their breakup in June 2015, with their divorce becoming official in 2018. It was reported that Ben’s problems with alcohol were a factor in the split, however, Jennifer supported him as he went through rehab for his addiction, and she still continues to support him in his sobriety today.
Jennifer has been dating Cali Group chairman John Miller, though they’re rarely spotted in public together.
Ben’s most recent serious relationship was with Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus, whom he had an on-off relationship with for a couple of years. He was also linked to model Shauna Sexton for a couple of months, though things quickly fizzled out between them.
While they have their fair share of public arguments, it appears that Ben and Jen are firmly committed to remaining amicable as they raise their three children.