Ben Affleck breaks his silence his divorce from Jennifer Garner and her tell-all Vanity Fair interview in which she opened up about the couple’s split and her heartbreak.
As he hits the promo trail for JJ Abrams’ much-anticipated ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ which sees him as the Caped Crusader, the 45-year-old-Ben Affleck is also in the midst of massive attention over his personal life.
In an interview with The New York Times, not exactly the bastion of celebrity gossip, he chose to break his silence over the lengthy, confessional interview his estranged wife, 43-year-old Jennifer Garner gave in a Vanity Fair cover story, her first since the couple’s highly publicized split last year which saw him accused of having an affair with the nanny, 28-year-old Christine Ouzounian.
He told The New York Times, “It never seems like a great time to have your privacy invaded.” and went on to say, “Obviously this is a particularly hard time.” He expounded on his reluctance for speaking out: “because it ends up being in the record somewhere, in the great miasma of junk on the Internet.”
Jennifer Garner had spoken at length on her personal pain and turmoil, in the midst of what, to the rest of the world was the shocking split of what had been of Hollywood’s most high-profile couples and model families. Together they had three children; daughters 10-year-old Violet and seven-year-old Seraphina, aged seven, and son, four-year-old Samuel.
Garner told Vanity Fair, in part, “I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him. And I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again. You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had.” She also said, “He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy.”
Ben Affleck said of Jennifer Garner’s interview, “She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with so she could say, “Look, I already talked about it – I don’t want to do it again.”‘ He went on to add, ““It’s fine. She’s allowed to talk about it.”
For his part, he said of his estranged wife, “Jen’s great. She’s a great person. We’re on great terms,’ he said. ‘I just saw her this morning, so that’s the reality that I live in.”
He also told the publication that Garner and the children were planning to visit him while he is filming Justice League” and that they will “vacation in Europe as a family.”
Ben Affleck made no mention of the nanny scandal, and, as a whole, his remarks on his personal life were concise, as he went on to speak about the larger issues at hand. After all, he’s portraying the iconic Batman in one of the most anticipated movies of the year, off in a fictitious universe far away from the glare of gossip and rumor.
Speaking now as the Oscar-nominated actor and director, he said of his work as a whole, “The whole lesson of my career has been that what’s really important is the work you do. Even in the tough spots, if your movies are good, people will see them. And if you’re not good, you can’t get away with it.” You can see the full interview here.
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