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6 Pieces Of Evidence Suggesting Jennifer Garner And Ben Affleck’s Marriage Is On The Rocks

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck leaving SAG Awards party January 2014I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention lately, but if you put your ear to the ground, you can practically hear a Hollywood marriage crumbling. It belongs to none other than Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, and the proof is all over the internet.

It seems like every interview they give or speech they make, they manage to sneak in some sort of dig at the other person, either as a partner or as a parent, to the point that it’s starting to feel obvious to me. But as a part of my job, I probably pay much closer attention to the internet than any sane person, so I can understand if you haven’t been picking up the signals.

But I also hate to have opinions by myself, so I put together a little round-up of the most glaring examples in the past year or so, just so you can see for yourself.

1. Ben’s Oscar Speech, February 2013

“I wanna thank our friends in Iran, living under terrible circumstances right now. I wanna thank my wife, who I don’t normally associate with Iran…but I wanna thank you for working on our marriage for ten Christmases. It’s good. It is work, but it’s the best kind of work. And there’s no one I’d rather work with!”

I’m fully behind marriage being work, but is an acceptance speech for Argo really the best place to bring up that particular facet of your union? Maybe not, right?

2. The Beard Fiasco, February 2013

Apparently Jennifer hated Ben’s Oscar beard so much that she ‘actually brought the clippers to the party‘ so he could shave it off in the bathroom and emerge smooth-cheeked into the next, Argo-less phase of his life.

“He did it himself at the restaurant. The whole family was tired of the beard!”

I’m sure beards are annoying, but give the guy a second! This is a big night for him.

3. Explaining Why They’re Rarely Seen Together, August 2013

Jennifer says that she and Ben intentionally don’t go to events together so that they can remain separate people with separate careers.

“It’s a very conscious decision. Sometimes it’s a pain because my heels are so high and it would be nice to have his arm. And he’s such a great date! But it can be too much. I think especially for women, they can really lose their identity and just become ‘wife of.’”

Girl, you need to decide if you want him around or if you don’t want him around, because this is a lot of mixed messages.

“Really, you don’t want to see a couple onscreen . . . People see paparazzi shots of us together all the time. There’s no mystery . . . People are sick of us.”

People are sick of you, or you’re sick of you? Might this be a teensy case of projecting?

4. My Wife Beats The Shit Out Of Me, January 2014

When explaining how he and Jennifer met and fell in love, Ben couldn’t resist throwing a little shade at his wife:

We fell in love on Daredevil. By the way, she won most of the fights in the movie, which was a pretty good predictor of what would happen down the road—my wife, holding swords and beating the living shit out of me.

Ummmm that does not sound like your typical good-natured disagreement. Perhaps you’d like to either adjust your phrasing or involve the authorities?

5. The Face Change, April 2014

“You can’t go for too long without being together as a unit. Face time is a must time for us. I make pajamas for the kids with Ben’s face on it that they sleep in. I put his voice in things…like there’s a teddy bear you can get where you can put the voice in the paw.”

In this case, it’s not so much what Jennifer said, about Ben never being around, but how she said it. Just look at the way her face changes from one of elation while discussing her movie Draft Day, to completely falling when she realizes it’s time to talk about Ben. Like she saw a ghost. Also for all the things she does to keep Ben fresh in his kids’ heads, it doesn’t seem like he does any of those things for her.

6. Mom Duties Vs. Dad Duties, April 2014

Annnnd my personal favorite, because Jennifer is pulling no punches on this one. Jimmy Fallon opened up a big ‘ol can of worms, and he’s about to hear all about it. When he asks for confirmation on Ben’s claim that he’s been ‘Mr. Mom’ around the house lately, Jen says:

“Let’s not overstate things. We are divided down a very mom-dad line. If it has to do with making food, or doing homework or anything that has to do with actually functioning — sorry it’s true — that’s a mom thing. And then coming in just as you’re getting them to bed and picking them up by their heels and swinging them around, that’s a dad thing. Anything fun, that is Ben.”

Um um ummmm oh dear. You basically just said that your husband doesn’t help you out with parenting. That he actually detracts from your hard work by coming in at the last minute and being the fun guy. Next thing you’re gonna tell me is that he turned the house into a petting zoo for one of the kids’ birthdays, ala Mrs. Doubtfire

Just someone call me if a bosomy woman with a suspiciously cleft chin and five o’clock shadow starts taking a special interest in cleaning the Affleck house.

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  • gayle

    Lainey had a blind last month I think that a lot of people are guessing is about him falling off the wagon and hitting on women who were not his wife during the Oscars. I am pretty sure though that she will never leave him and she will not let him leave her, I think they will stick it out no matter how unhappy they may or may not be.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Interesting. I feel like the falling off the wagon thing might be accurate, but I don’t about them staying together no matter what.

    • Erin

      Yeah, I was just going to say Lainey’s blind item from a few weeks ago fits them perfectly.
      I also think they’re on the rocks and have been for a while. I once saw a comment about Affleck that cracked me up-something like “he should charter the Men With Lukewarm Feelings About Their Wives Club”.

  • MellyG

    I don’t know, i feel like people are grasping at straws. I think if someone decides “x and y’s marriage is on the rocks” and then analyzes things they say with that lens, obviously they’re going to come up with evidence.

    I honestly think most of this stuff is just normal. I’m from Boston and have met Ben, and met people that know him – he seems like a down to earth guy, as does Jennifer. I just think they’re not the type of people to put on a show, which is what a lot of people in relationships do.

    I especially think people are making WAY WAY too big of a deal about the Oscar speech. I don’t get what’s so offensive, but then i’m a realistic person when it comes to relationships, not a fairy tale kind of gal.

    I think if i were a celeb i’d just never talk about my spouse – since everyone would be wanting to pick apart every sentence. Yikes

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      But winning an Oscar kind of IS a fairytale moment, don’t you think? So it was weird to hear a ‘real talk’ kind of speech like he won Employee Of The Month.

  • Cassandra Hough

    Okay, that Jimmy Fallon interview reeeeeeked of disdain. Eesh.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Wasn’t that crazy? It’s getting worse!

    • Katy Hearne

      That was almost painful to watch

  • noneyobidness

    Was he ever really on the wagon with his womanizing? I have been expecting her to get fed up with him for years now, if any of the many blinds about him messing around with any girl he can get his hands on is true.

  • angeleyez13

    Stalker Alert!!.Instead of worrying about Ben she should concerned about you.They are fine!In fact .They visit georgia recently and people said they looked very happy and in love.So leave them alone and worry about your own life

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      You need to look up the definition of stalking.

  • Concerned Parent

    You’re such a jealous sow, Alexis Rhiannon. Your own relationships haven’t worked out, so you cast aspersions on those of Hollywood celebrities. “Look! Beautiful people are just as unhappy as I am! Probably more!” Why don’t you try being productive with your own life, so you don’t have to spew hatred toward others to make yourself feel better.

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  • corastacy

    I’ve been kind of skeptical on the long term odds on Jen & Ben ever since she broke up his bromance with Kevin Smith. Those guys had been friends almost as long as he and Matt yet because she didn’t like the way they joke around ( public insults.) they hardly associate anymore. It really made me sad when I found that out.

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