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Jennifer Garner Talks Ben Affleck Divorce, Nanny Scandal, & More with 'Vanity Fair'

Jennifer Garner Talks Ben Affleck Divorce, Nanny Scandal, & More with 'Vanity Fair'

Jennifer Garner looks radiant while posing for the cover of Vanity Fair‘s March 2015 issue, in which she gives one of her most candid interviews ever.

Here is what the 43-year-old Miracles From Heaven actress had to share with the mag:

On marrying Ben Affleck in 2005: “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. 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. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”

On getting a divorce: “It was a real marriage. It wasn’t for the cameras. And it was a huge priority for me to stay in it. And that did not work.”

On having two failed marriages: “It’s one of the pains in my life that something I believe in so strongly I’ve completely failed at twice. You have to have two people to dance a marriage. My heart’s a little on the tender side right now, and it’s always easier to focus on the ways that you feel hurt, but I know that, with time and some perspective, I’ll have a clearer sense of where I let the system down, because there’s no way I get off in this.”

Click inside to read what Jennifer Garner said about the nanny scandal and more…

On the scandal involving Ben and their nanny: “Let me just tell you something. We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It’s not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives… I have had to have conversations about the meaning of ‘scandal.’”

On moving forward: “It’s not Ben’s job to make me happy. The main thing is these kids—and we’re completely in line with what we hope for them. Sure, I lost the dream of dancing with my husband at my daughter’s wedding. But you should see their faces when he walks through the door. And if you see your kids love someone so purely and wholly, then you’re going to be friends with that person.”

On dating in the future: “I guess. I don’t know. It’s just that [from] everyone that I know that is dating it just seems, well…. Men don’t call anymore…. I want flowers; I don’t want to text. What does that make me? What kind of dinosaur am I?”

For more from Jennifer‘s revealing interview, visit VanityFair.com!

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  • lshelton22

    You know, up until now the whole nanny thing was technically unconfirmed. Yeah, it looked like he had an affair with her but it also could have been tabloid speculation. Until now.

  • lala mood

    Damn. I feel really bad for her, he is a pig. From looking at her career these past couple of years it also seems like she put it on hold to raise the kids and be a mom while he made big films. While we will never know the truth of their lives, I feel for her.

  • shoes4life

    I still hold hope that they can work things out. Maybe divorce and just date to rekindle their relationship.

  • tiny bossy

    I just hate him for that, I agree the man is a pig.

  • totalobvi

    yeah it’s weird that she commented on that at all or on any of these topics really. I feel like she was trying to say that he didn’t actually have an affair as much as he started to sleep with her after they split up?

  • kinky bunny

    Ben, you are a fking loser and retard a**hole, Jen is a brilliant woman (wife n mom)! You had it all! I am pretty sure you will never find someone like her, you deserve only cheap hookers. I hope you will die miserable and alone.
    Jen, honey, you are so pretty, strong and smart. Try to look for a normal man somewhere not in Hollywood…

  • mandahales

    I literally cried reading this 💔😢 so sad … Read the whole interview wow she is incredible so sad!! I hope they still work it out

  • Amber

    She’s very right, men really don’t call anymore…

  • Amber

    She’s better off without him. Ben Affleck is A FOOL.

  • Jean Morel

    Garner is no stranger to cheating on her significant others herself…

  • xyz

    Yeah, but she plays the victim perfectly well

  • xyz

    Are u OK in the head? Do u believe all the BS that u are told and see?

  • xyz

    How do u know? U really know them? Lived with them? Because shitty media tell u so?

  • xyz

    Oh, dear and u must be a monument of virtue and a genius….

  • kinky bunny

    Fking with a nanny of his kids it’s enought for me to tell he is a SH!T. Okay, Jen is a big girl she will be ok but his kids will have the trust issues for the rest of their lifes.

  • F*ck off

    Oh look, Vanity Fair! Wannabe Vogue magazine…

  • Siearra

    “He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”

    Damn….

  • Siearra

    “He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”

    Damn….

  • Siearra

    “He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”

    Damn….

  • xica

    All stars are complicated

  • Amber

    Oh! Do tell!

  • Amber

    Get over yourself, troll.

  • Amber

    The good wife.

  • Just Saying

    ANY man, famous or not, that disrespects his woman by cheating on her with a fucking gold digging nanny is a PIG.

  • Just Saying

    Exactly, not only did he failed his wife, he failed those children, not as a father, but as a man. what example is he giving his son?

  • reesespbcbt$$

    Don’t look. The right one will come along.

  • reesespbcbt$$

    Don’t look. The right one will come along.

  • Jean Morel

    It’s pretty common knowledge that she supposedly cheated on her husband Scott Foley with Michael Vartan and later on Vartan with Affleck. She also had quite the “casting couch/sleeping her way to fame” reputation early in her career, similar to the Olivia Munns and Blake Livelys of today.

  • pavitra

    It breaks my heart for her. she sounds so vulnerable.hang in there Jen.

  • Do Tell

    Supposedly, Mr. Affleck has a history of cheating, hookers, drinking and problem gambling. Quite scandalous. They are both at the ages where their careers will be slowing down, so they may want to work it out. It would be nice if they can do it and keep the family together. I think Affleck already knows he had a great wife and mother to his kids and that’s why he married Garner.

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  • kinky bunny

    I really hope she won’t guve him one more chance!

  • Delores Pauldo

    Really I don’t. Why she keep talking about him anyway? The relationship is over and she should moved on. Please getting tired are her feeling sorry for herself. Its for people to feel sorry for her. She should have gotten out are it before things got bad. Why she waited to do it. So what he mess with the nanny. This is publicity for her movie anyway. Vanity fair didn’t know her until this happen. Didn’t you ben movie comes out after hers. Stupid chic.

  • Delores Pauldo

    She is a pig to for telling her business to a magazine.

  • Delores Pauldo

    She failed as a wife.

  • Delores Pauldo

    Jennifer is!

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