"I don't need to see anyone in my family made into a meme," the 50-year-old admitted.
Jennifer Garner doesn't want to hear about her ex, especially through the press. In an interview with Stellar Magazine the Pearl Harbor actress confessed that it doesn't feel good to see how Ben Affleck's life is covered in the media, per Elle. “I really work hard not to see either of us in the press,” the 50-year-old told the publication. “It doesn't make me feel good, even if it's something nice about one of us. I just try to forget that I'm out there in any way, and the same with anyone I love. I don't need to see anyone in my family made into a meme.”
Affleck's sad face has been turned into memes several times since 2017 including a time during the lockdown when the actor was struggling to pick up his daily Dunkin iced coffee delivery. Affleck's less-than-thrilled facial expressions also found their way to being scrutinized on the Internet after his appearance at the 2023 Grammy Awards on February 5 with now-wife Jennifer Lopez. In the interview, Garner was asked if she's ever seen her ex as memes she replied that she hadn't, but added, “Although I'm sure he's quite meme-worthy, yes!”
Garner and the Gone Girl star, were married in 2005 and later separated in 2015, finalizing their divorce in 2018. They now co-parent their three children together, 17-year-old Violet, 14-year-old Seraphina, and 11-year-old Samuel. Affleck who has been open about alcohol addiction in the past confessed that his issue with drinking began when he was married to Garner, according to PEOPLE. "I'd probably still be drinking. It's part of why I started drinking … because I was trapped," the Argo director admitted to Howard Stern in 2021. He revealed that he was unhappy in his marriage, and said, "I was like 'I can't leave 'cause of my kids, but I'm not happy, what do I do?' What I did was drink a bottle of scotch and fall asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution."
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Affleck clarified to The Hollywood Reporter that he was not blaming his wife for his drinking. "To be clear, my behavior is my responsibility entirely. The point that I was trying to make was a sad one. Anyone who's been through divorce makes that calculus of, 'How much do we try?'" He said he cared deeply for his wife and the two loved and respected each other. What he was trying to say was "'hey, look, I was drinking too much, and the less happy you become, whether it's your job, your marriage, it's just that as your life becomes more difficult, if you're doing things to fill a hole that aren't healthy, you're going to start doing more of those things.' I think I was pretty articulate about that," he explained.
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