For many of us fans, the news of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck getting back together sent us straight over the edge into a deep pool of nostalgia for early 2000s music videos and, of course, the Bennifer era. The two are reportedly talking “seriously” about the future, with JLo possibly considering a move to Los Angeles for him. Jennifer Lawrence is excited. Affleck’s best friend and collaborator Matt Damon is down for the prospect. We’re happy, but how does Affleck’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner feel about it all?
The former Daredevil co-stars married just a year after his engagement split from Jennifer Lopez. Then after 10 years and 3 kids together, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner finalized their divorce in 2018. So it’s been a minute since the two were officially together. Per a US Weekly source, however, Garner has supposedly given her “seal of approval” over the Bennifer reunion. They also indicated the feeling is apparently mutual, and Lopez thinks Garner is “a kind and wonderful person and an amazing mother.”
It’s very well possible that Jennifer Garner, who recently starred in the Netflix film Yes Day, is supportive of Ben Affleck, simply as the father of her children. They reportedly had a rocky road in their marriage with Affleck’s struggles with alcoholism. But the two have seemed to come out of it as stronger co-parents, with Affleck even posting last month on Mother’s Day a tribute to her, saying, “Thanks for all the good you do.” (Though, apparently, their kids treat Affleck with a “reverence” that is way different than how they treat her.)
Jennifer Garner still has her fans to give her the credit she deserves. The coming-of-age film 13 Going On 30 lives on in my heart and mind (just as strongly as Bennifer does), 16 years after its release, solely through her and Mark Ruffalo’s performances. Though, Garner described the film’s appeal recently as “no bigger wish fulfillment.” Which is kind of how I feel about the idea of Bennifer 2.0…
Speculation hasn’t only been swirling about how Ben Affleck’s ex Jennifer Garner feels about his reignited romance with Jennifer Lopez. Many have also wondered about Lopez’s ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez, who she broke up with only weeks before being spotted with Affleck again, and his take on the situation currently unfolding. When asked about the two, Rodriguez only commented “Go Yankees,” prompting a playful teasing between rival MLB teams. Rodriguez also shot down recent reports that he reached out after the split to Madison LeCroy, who he allegedly had contact with while engaged to JLo.
Exes and reunions are a messy pen to play in. Hopefully for Jennifer Garner’s sake, when it comes to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, it’s actually a lot less messy than we all think it is – and she won’t need those overalls from that farm she owns to wade through it.
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