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.”
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.