Amid conflicting reports Wednesday saying separated film stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner could be having second thoughts about divorcing, it appears nothing has changed in their amicable co-parenting.
People magazine had reported that the couple, who announced in June 2015 that they were planning to divorce after 10 years of marriage and three children, may be reconsidering. One source that the magazine called “close to Garner” said the “Alias” and “Dallas Buyers Club” star, 44, had called off the divorce, wanting to reconcile. Another source “close to the couple” said it was a decision the two had made together out of love for each other and for their daughters Violet, 11, and Seraphina, 8, and son Samuel, who recently turned 5.
The magazine said Affleck — who shared an Academy Award for writing “Good Will Hunting” and another as a best-picture producer of “Argo” — and Garner were together at Samuel’s birthday party on Feb. 27, the day after the Oscars, at which Affleck was a presenter.
Yet after that report, E! News, also citing anonymous sources, said nothing had changed, and that Garner and Affleck continue to address their relationship issues and to remain steadfast in providing a stable and loving family for their children. Neither divorce nor reconciliation appear imminent, E! suggested.
Affleck and Garner had met on-set, starring together in the 2003 Marvel Comics superhero movie “Daredevil.” Affleck played the title role and Garner his ninja-assassin love interest and sometime-nemesis Elektra, a role she reprised in “Elektra” (2005).
They began dating several months after Affleck, 44, called off his engagement to singer-actress Jennifer Lopez in January 2004, after an 18-month relationship. Affleck and Garner married on June 29, 2005, at the Parrot Cay resort in Turks & Caicos, when they announced they were expecting their first child.