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Jennifer Garner calls ‘mess of parenting’ with ex-husband Ben Affleck ‘a gift’ – TheFantasyTimes

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Jennifer Garner calls ‘mess of parenting’ with ex-husband Ben Affleck ‘a gift’

Jennifer Garner considers motherhood to be “a blessing” despite the difficulties that come with co-parenting in the public eye with ex-husband Ben Affleck.

During Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, the actress connected with Sheryl Lee Ralph over how they have both been able to provide their children with a “normal life” while living in the public eye. Ralph, 66, stated, “We have so many things in common. With all the celebrity and all of that, I feel like I have a very normal life, and I think you have that similar sort of vibe. And we love our kids.” To this, Garner, 51, responded, “And all the mess of parenting. It’s a gift.”

Garner and Affleck share three children: Violet, 17, Seraphina, 14, and Samuel, 11. Meanwhile, Ralph is the mother of Ivy-Victoria, 28, and Etienne Maurice, 31, with ex-husband Eric Maurice.

Garner also agreed with Ralph when the “Dreamgirls” star revealed that maintaining a “healthy relationship” with her ex-husband is “challenging” with the “spotlight” on her “all the time.”

Jennifer Garner and Sheryl Lee Ralph speaking to each other
The “Daredevil” star sat down with actress Sheryl Lee Ralph in an “Actors on Actors” series for Variety.
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Garner with her three children
Garner shares three children with Affleck.
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As previously reported, Garner admitted to being a “nightmare” during her early motherhood days with daughter Violet.


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“I was such a first-time mom,” the “Alias” star told Allure in May, jokingly adding that her daughter “didn’t have a shot.” “She couldn’t have an independent thought – I was all over her. I was a nightmare for everyone around me.”

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck sitting on grass, speaking to each other
Affleck and Garner have maintained a co-parenting relationship since their split in 2015.
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The actress did not elaborate on her current co-parenting relationship with Affleck but did disclose that her children prefer to watch Affleck’s movies over her own. “They don’t mind watching their dad, but they kind of want me to be their mom,” she explained. “They don’t want to see me upset, and women cry more in what we do. And they don’t really want to see me in a romantic thing.”

Affleck, 50, also discussed his children’s film preferences during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in March.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez holding hands, walking
Affleck has since married singer Jennifer Lopez.
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He explained that the kids enjoy “making fun of” him and find “the whole thing kind of ridiculous.”

Garner and the “Good Will Hunting” star were married for ten years before separating in 2015. The “Air” star married Jennifer Lopez, 53, in July 2022, after reconnecting almost two decades after their first relationship. Meanwhile, Garner has been on and off with CaliBurger CEO John Miller since 2018.

Jennifer Garner believes motherhood is “a gift” – despite the trials and tribulations that come with co-parenting in the spotlight with ex Ben Affleck.

During Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, the actress bonded with Sheryl Lee Ralph over how they’ve both been able to give their children a “normal life” while being in the public eye.

“We have so many things in common. With all the celebrity and all of that, I feel like I have a very normal life, and I think you have that similar sort of vibe. And we love our kids,” Ralph, 66, said, to which Garner, 51, responded, “And all the mess of parenting. It’s a gift.”

Garner shares three children with Affleck – Violet, 17, Seraphina, 14, and Samuel, 11 – while Ralph is mom to Ivy-Victoria, 28, and Etienne Maurice, 31, with ex-husband Eric Maurice.

Garner further agreed with Ralph when the “Dreamgirls” star said that maintaining a “healthy relationship” with her ex-husband was “difficult” with the “spotlight” on her “all the time.”

Jennifer Garner and Sheryl Lee Ralph speaking to each other
The “Daredevil” star sat down with actress Sheryl Lee Ralph in an “Actors on Actors” series for Variety.
Variety
Garner with her three children
Garner shares three children with Affleck.
Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

As previously reported, Garner said she was admittedly a “nightmare” during her early motherhood days with daughter Violet.


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“I was such a first-time mom,” the “Alias” star told Allure in May, jokingly adding that her daughter “didn’t have a shot.”

“She couldn’t have a free thought — I was all over her. I was a nightmare for everyone around me.”

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck sitting on grass, speaking to each other
Affleck and Garner have maintained a co-parenting relationship since their split in 2015.
Stav/Bauer-GriffinGC Images

The actress didn’t elaborate on her current co-parenting relationship with Affleck, but did divulge that her children prefer to watch Affleck’s movies over her own.

“They don’t mind watching their dad, but they kind of want me to be their mom,” she elaborated. “They don’t want to see me upset and women cry more in what we do. And they don’t really want to see me in a romantic thing.”

Affleck, 50, also spoke on his children’s taste in films during a March interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez holding hands, walking
Affleck has since been remarried to singer Jennifer Lopez.
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Explaining that the kids love to “make fun of” Affleck, he said that they find “the whole thing kind of preposterous.”

Garner and the “Good Will Hunting” star were married for 10 years before separating in 2015. The “Air” star went on to wed Jennifer Lopez, 53, in July 2022 after they were reconnected nearly two decades after they first dated.

Meanwhile, Garner has been seeing CaliBurger CEO John Miller in on and off since 2018.

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