What Jennifer Garner Says Made Her ‘Cry’ and Affected Her Marriage to Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Jennifer Garner is opening up about her marriage and split from Ben Affleck and revealing the one thing that still makes her cry when she thinks about it today.

In a new interview, the usually ultra-private actress got candid about her previous relationship with the Batman actor and explained how the public scrutiny took its toll on them.

Garner said that for the better part of a decade while she was married to Affleck, there would be several cars parked outside their home on any given weekend trying to get some story or information about the pair.

“Looking back on that, I really feel the stress of it. I really, I could cry talking about it,” she admitted in the interview with CBS Sunday Morning.

She also spoke about how even now, three years after they separated, people are still fascinated and speculate about what really happened.

“What I think I’ve learned is that the scrutiny in your private life puts a pressure to make something happen,” the Alias alum said. “You feel a pressure to hurry up and get married, ‘cause you think that’ll end the ‘Are they engaged? Are they not?’ [talk]. And that’s true in the reverse, as well. If there is any inkling of trouble, or if the tabloids decide there’s trouble, it can create trouble.”

She added, “But to be honest, public scrutiny, everyone says, ‘Oh, you’ve had to go through this in public.’ The public isn’t what’s hard. What’s hard is going through it.”

Jennifer Garner holding a microphone while speaking.

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Even though she and Affleck aren’t together anymore, they have been able to achieve what a lot of former Hollywood couples could not and that’s staying friends. In fact, they may just be the friendliest exes in town and have mastered the whole co-parenting thing as they are seen out together often with their three children Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6.

They’ve also gone on vacations together, spend the holidays with each other and Affleck has gushed about how wonderful of a mother the Peppermint star is. “Jen is a superhero mom. She is an amazing mother and I’m really lucky to have her as a partner to co-parent these kids with,” he told E! News.

When it comes to dating other people, the Justice League actor has been seeing Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus, but Garner had previously shared that she wasn’t ready to get involved in another relationship for a while. “I haven’t been on a date and I am not interested in dating,” she revealed. “People want to set me up and I am just like, ‘No, thank you!'”
 Now, though, she may be ready to get back in the game. A source told Us Weekly last March that Garner is going to “give love another try,” adding, “[It’s] no exaggeration to say that Ben broke her heart and left her in a terrible place emotionally, [but] it’s been almost three years since they called it quits. It’s time for her to move on.”