Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner make an outing with blanket-covered Samuel

Here are some new photos of Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and their four-month-old son Samuel Garner Affleck out and about in LA yesterday. Apparently, they were getting their son a passport because one of them (?) is going out of the country for work. I think it’s Ben, right? He’s set to begin filming Runner, Runner in Puerto Rico. Do you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico?!? Google says NO, but you do need some kind of ID, and since Samuel can’t get his driver’s license, I guess that’s why he needs a passport. Anyway, they look happy, don’t they? I really do think Ben is beyond thrilled to have a son at long last.

It’s kind of weird/funny to me that Jessica Simpson gets an endless amount of tabloid crap about her body and “losing the baby weight” and Jennifer Garner is left completely alone. Part of that is the expectations that each woman set up during their respective pregnancies – Jessica talked about her weight and what she was eating, and she signed on to Weight Watchers when she was still pregnant, which gave everyone a green light to discuss it publicly. Meanwhile, Jennifer didn’t really discuss anything, and it’s generally believed that she had a healthy pregnancy and she isn’t focused on losing the baby weight immediately – as in, it isn’t her top priority, she’s just letting it happen naturally. Of course, there’s another reason Jessica and Jennifer are treated so differently. It’s because Jennifer is seen as every woman’s girlfriend and if any tabloid said anything harsh about her post-baby body (like, even a tenth of what’s said about Jessica), there would be blood on the streets. I just enjoy the double standard that seems to only apply to Jennifer Garner because she and her daughters have dimples.

PS… I love Jennifer’s purse. Bottega Veneta?

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. Anna says:

    Um…it’s not a “double standard.” Jennifer Garner also didn’t gain 80 pounds and brag about eating buttered pop-tarts for breakfast. Because she has some class, unlike Jessica TMI Simpson.

    • Maguita says:

      True, Jennifer Garner had always talked more about her healthy habits, including work-outs, while Jessica had bombarded us with her yo-yo dieting issues.

      From losing all that weight to fit in her Daisy Dukes, to gaining a lot while dating douchebag Mayer. Jessica was always over- sharing with us. But what else do you expect from a reality star, and a somewhat acceptable performer?

      BTW, love how the Garner/Affleck have worked on their issues. Wherever the truth may be, like any married couple they’ve had their ups and downs, and hopefully, they’re in it for the long haul. No more Gossip Girls, Bond girls, or any other co-star Ben. Finito.

    • Lisa says:

      Exactly. Jennifer Garner doesn’t get the attention because she doesn’t go looking for it. Amazing how that works :)

    • LeManda says:

      Besides, Jennifer looks great here. How much weight does she really need to lose?

    • mimi says:

      Jennifer Garner has class?
      How so? by getting knocked up “accidentally” so a guy would marry her?

      By cheating on your husband with a bigger star, then trading the bigger star with a bigger star, and making the guy you want to dumpt loose his job?

      That’s a lot of class, just there.
      oh, and setting up photo ops ever since she is with Ben Affleck, using her own children and marriage in order to promotr her “career”, that’s certainly classy.

      Garner would do anythong for a bit more PR.

      • Belle says:

        Wow. Where do you get all of your inside info, as you seem to know an awful lot?? Oh wait… never mind, you don’t really know any of this.

      • dh says:

        Um, most of that is correct Belle. Might want to check into some facts before getting so worked up..

      • samira677 says:

        People always forget that Jennifer cheated on her husband because of the dimple parade. It’s weird that because of a goody two shoes reputation so many people get away with things others can’t.

      • Jaimee says:

        Why do people really don’t forget the past (hers specially)? It’s not that she kill a person, and we don’t really know the real reason about her divorce, we don’t know her personally. There’s so many celebs out there who done much worse than her, and yes, i’ll point out angelina jolie. If you try to bring Garner’s past then what about Angelina? this is really boggling me? I don’t hate Angelina but some people put her on high pedestal as in St. Angelina who can do no wrong…really!

      • Belle says:

        @dh I’m not worked up… though this post states a lot of things that are not fact. I’m sorry… were you there when Jennifer Garner ‘accidentally’ got pregnant to get Ben to marry her? The suggestion is that she did it on purpose… can you prove this? How about Ben’s role in the ‘accidental’ pregnancy?
        Proof of JG using her children and marriage for her career… setting up photo ops with Ben? Give me a break… these are the OPINIONS of someone who doesn’t like JG, period. Check my facts?

        Why don’t you try to learn the difference between fact and opinion before giving advice to someone else regarding facts. Hint: A good portion of what you read on gossip blogs and message boards is not actual fact.

  2. Lizzie says:

    Ben Affleck is looking really hot lately.

  3. NYC_girl says:

    I like her bag too – don’t like the short handles though. And I agree with Lizzie – Ben is looking very hot recently. I’m liking his pecs and shoulders in the first pic. And she looks good.

  4. lucy2 says:

    I don’t think it’s a double standard either – Jen keeps her life pretty private, didn’t sign a multi-million $ weight loss contract, no magazine cover, doesn’t post boob photos, etc.

  5. Kim1 says:

    Also Jennifer never had a sexy image like Jessica as Daisy Duke.

  6. SmokeyBlues says:

    They both look kinda miserable. Also, I had no idea a baby would need ID! Haha I guess it makes sense but I would never have thought of that.

  7. Jen34 says:

    Jen’s weight has never been an issue. Jessica’s roller coaster weight swings are always news. Plus, with Jessica, no topic is off-limits.

  8. Kathryn says:

    She is absolutely darling and I love her :-) Good point when you wrote she is seen like everyone’s girlfriend…I’d LOVE to be friends with her! Seems so normal. Definitely someone I admire and hope to be like when I’m a mommy one day. Pretty sure the women of the world would defend her til the end.

  9. Tifygodess24 says:

    While Jennifer did get bigger than your standard Hollywood pregnancy she didn’t look like she was going to explode like Jessica. Jen stayed low key and Jessica was in our faces with all types of comments. Jessica was like the cookie monster – no self control. Big difference and not a double standard.

  10. Lynne says:

    I think Jennifer looks good for someone who just had her third kid.

  11. RocketMerry says:

    Aww, I really like her so much!

    I do understand that she is treated by the magazines and gossip blog as some kind of perfectly adorable celebratory statue to motherhood who cannot ever do wrong… and I still like her very, very much. So what?!

    • the original bellaluna says:

      +1 – SOOOOOO much more tolerable than the Goopster & Gisele!

      • RocketMerry says:

        Hi Bella! :)
        Yeah, Jen is definitely more pleasant and likeable than those two!
        She just gives out a positive vibe; which I tend to believe ’cause, you know, if she’s faking it like some claim… well then the Academy needs to give her an Oscar. Eck, if that’s the case the woman need to EGOT.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Hey Rocket! :D She really does give off that vibe; just a normal person who happens to star in movies and who happens to be married someone who also stars in and produces movies, doing the normal everyday mommy things.

        (I actually find it refreshing that she doesn’t go out in “full regalia” when she goes to the store or takes the kids to school.)

  12. Lee says:

    If you all knew what an elitist snob she was you wouldn’t want to be her friend.

    • Kimlee says:

      I think your right, she looks like a snob to me I’ve always felt that about her. She just has a good PR team that hides it very will.

      • Mia 4S says:

        There are enough stories about her out there that I think she is very image-conscious and knows exactly what she’s doing. Not saying that is good or bad, just that the down to earth schtick should be taken with a grain of salt. Let’s be honest about one thing though, if she said she was retiring tomorrow to raise her kids (which would be fine of course) would you miss her acting? Exactly.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Actually, we had (have?) a commentor on here who worked with her and knew others who did as well, and said she was quite nice and polite to work with. (Unlike CERTAIN PEOPLE with their “don’t talk to me or look at me” clauses.)

      • ZenB!tch says:

        My friend’s hubby worked with her way back when (Alias) he speaks well of her. She seemed normal.

        Which is the image I have of her: normal. She’s fit but not Hollywood teeny. She walks around the city with her kids and does mom things.

        She doesn’t go out on the town or if she does she goes to non-pap places so she’s not seen.

        I’m not a huge fan of her ouvre – I could never sit through Alias and I think the only one of her movies I’ve seen in 13 going on 30 (or something like that).

        I don’t think she is drop dead gorgeous and her body is definitely hers – she has no boobs and not much of a waist but again, very fit. I guess the word is “athletic”.

        I like her but I can’t say I’m a fan. I just think she seems nice and normal for someone married to an A-List actor.

        Of course maybe the fact that she came after J-Lo got her extra brownie points with most women – make that most people.

  13. amy says:

    Not a double standard. Jessica constantly talked about how much junk food she was eating. She put herself and her baby at risk for diabetes related problems. Jessica also signed a multimillion dollar contract to loose weight.

    Jennifer did none of the above for all of her pregnancies. She focused on taking care of her kids and herself.

  14. lilah says:

    3. The husband who strayed with an actress, and the wife who still won’t leave him: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

    Lainey said pointedly that Jennifer Garner would be “dedicated to [Ben Affleck] for a long time”—an allusion to her blind about a woman who won’t leave her no-good husband. Lainey added that Affleck had “recognized some mistakes.” Like these ones? Then she revealed, “It might’ve been more than just Gossip Girls; it might’ve been Bond girls too.” Hmmm.

    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/hype/the-fame-monsters/2012/06/26/2012-smut-soiree-toronto/

    • Brigitte says:

      An actress isn’t the only one he has strayed with, there are many others. He is staying for now because with 3 kids he feels he does not have a choice – she keeps popping them out. She will never leave him, ever, and has told him so, and he feels somewhat trapped because he is not terribly happy in the ‘family man’ role; remember the various extracurricular activities he was able to indulge in and the freedom to do what he liked pre-Jennifer. She is very calculating despite her goody 2 shoes image – and, yes, I have a very good source who of course I can’t reveal, closer than close to one of these 2 (and it’s not Jennifer ;o) ).

  15. L says:

    you’re right, you don’t need a passport to travel to puerto rico (or the US virgin islands) but just some kind of ID. I’m guessing for a infant with parents who travel alot, it’s just easier to go ahead and get a passport as it’s good for 10 years and you don’t have to think about it.

    They also might want to visit the other islands when down there and you do need a passport to go to the other Caribbean islands.

  16. Jaime says:

    Not to mention Jennifer is in her 40′s and has had three kids. And, uh, she looks fantastic to me, and I would never jump on any woman to lose weight after pregnancy. Hormones and metabolism shifts are pretty serious things. The time it takes to lose weight, if it ever comes off at all, is totally a personal thing.

  17. Linda says:

    The no make-up/frumpy look everyday is exactly how she’ll lose him especially since he has a roving eye.

    C’mon ladies you can’t go around looking like that every single day. The way you got him is the way you’ll keep him. And although women are moved by what they feel, men are moved by what they see.

    • Chordy says:

      I thought the way to “keep him” was by forming a lasting bond that transcends the “girl you so hot” phase and creates a partnership with love and respect, but I may be doing this marriage thing wrong.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I don’t think she looks as frumpy as Simpson did/does – its the moomaries and yes, I have them too….

      However, my first reaction to these pics as a fashion bitch was… OMG! Who knew slept on 2nd day straight hair could look as bad as my curls. Jen… hair… ponytail holder… stat!

      I say nothing about the no make up because she just had a baby and has 2 others – who has time? As long as she does it on mommy and daddy date time, then who cares.

    • MikesShelly says:

      First, she looks lovely. A natural beauty.

      Second, the 24/7 “glamour girls” get divorced too. I suspect at a much higher rate because I cant think of a single “glamour girl” in a long term relationship. Can you?

      Three, you dont know if he fell for her wit, her personality, her mind or just her face. Given that he had his choice of much more beautiful women, I would say he fell for the substance.

      Finally, any marriage whose existence is reliant on how much concealer you are wearing today, is doomed to failure. I see divorce in your future, no offense.

      PS: I’m on my 36th year of marriage to the same guy – I know a thing or two on this subject.

      • Kimlee says:

        Sorry but she is not a natural beauty cute at best with makeup or when she smiles.

        Linda didnt say 24/7 glamour, I think she ment that one should dress up for their hubby everyonce in a while.

        gwen stefani is a glamour girls and she has been married to Gavin for 12 year have been together longer then that.

        Being married for 36 years dose not make you an expert it just means that you know what works best for you and your husband, every couple is different so you can’t say what work for you is going t work for them.

      • Belle says:

        @Kimlee… how do you know how often Jennifer dresses up for Ben?

        Oh, and your comment to someone else about every couple being different and what works for one might not work for another… well that actually applies to Ben and Jennifer as well, does it not? So, how do you know what works for them?

        Last… as always, beauty is most certainly in the eye of the beholder, as I agree that Jennifer is a natural beauty.

      • Vesper says:

        I’m sure Ben would just be happy if she showered, washed her hair and ran a brush thru it.

    • Joanna says:

      I agree with Linda. You don’t have to look and dress like a model, but would it kill her to put on a little bit of makeup? not just to keep him but to look presentable. i would not go out in public like that. powder, blush, lipstick and mascara can be done in 5 minutes. she looks horrible.

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    S-o-o-o-o cute. I’d love to see his little chubby baby self (feet included)!

    And Kaiser (or anyone else who knows)? If you get a “make and model” on that purse, I happen to be in the market for one. ;) And I LURVES THAT ONE!

  19. Skylar says:

    I actually was getting out of an elevator in NY a few years back and she was getting in. She was TINY, she looked me straight in the eye and smiled. And really? Comparing her weight to JS? Look at how thin her sides are and she is probably down to a size 6 or 8!

  20. serena says:

    LOL blood on the streets. Anyway it seems she lost most of the baby weight now.

  21. caroline says:

    I really don’t get why people like her so much. She may be very nice but she is not a great actress, she has a very ordinary body and not a great face. I see better looking women on the street everyday on my way to work (and they did not even had plastic surgery like she did). So why is she a star?

  22. Sabrine says:

    She’s losing weight. You can see it in her face too as it’s getting thinner. She just isn’t talking about it to the press every day.

  23. Common sense says:

    @ Caroline, why do people like all the other actors and actresses?

  24. mayamae says:

    I’m just waiting to see if Samuel will be a new member of the dimple parade.

  25. Kimlee says:

    She doing somthing becuase two weeks ago she look at lest 15 to 20 pounds heavier. Then she went M.I.A for two weeks and now she looks a lot thinner, she ether went on a strict diet or cleanse to lose the weight. I’m just glad that she not running to every media outlet to tell them how she did it.

  26. Jaime says:

    Can I just say, hnnnng Ben Affleck. He’s like Patrick Dempsey…the older he gets, the better looking he becomes.

  27. Lizbet says:

    “Don’t they look happy?”

    Um. What?

    I’m sorry, I love her longtime, but my first thought was that she looks homeless and miserable here.

  28. Jordan says:

    Everyone is saying how low-key Jennifer was about her pregnancy, but honestly, did anyone really care? She is so beige and boring. Was she asked to give interviews? The only thing about this pregnancy over the others is she was having a boy and so people thought, oh, so guess Ben will stick around for a while longer. Maybe she is going out of the country with him to make sure he keeps it in his pants.

  29. Jaxx says:

    I’m waiting for the rumors to start that there is something wrong with this baby. Why is he covered up? Have we ever seen a picture of him since he was born?

    Their girls are some of the most photographed kids in the biz, so why isn’t this one on display?

    • Madison says:

      You won’t have to wait long, they both have movies coming out the next few months so you will probably see the 3rd dimple paraded for the papaparazzi as much as the other two.

      People who call her normal make me laugh, there isn’t much of anything that is normal about her or the life she lives, walking around with half a million dollars worth of diamonds on your hand and neck like she does in these pictures is not normal, they have the best PR team in hollywood.

  30. mimi says:

    They never seem happy together.

    Usually she looks happy to be photographed and he looks miserable and away from her.

    Now they both seem unhappy.

  31. julie says:

    firstly, Jennifer Garner doesn’t live her life in the spotlight like Jessica does.
    Secondly she also doesn’t need to make money off of her pregnancy the way Jessica does. It’s a choice. It’s not an accident that they criticize Jessica and not Jennifer. Jessica puts herself in the position of being criticized because she is fame hungry and money hungry.

  32. dizzy says:

    That’s because Jennifer doesn’t go blabbing about it. Neither is she joining some Weight Watchers type of program in order to make money.

  33. original lucy says:

    I am dying to see little Samuel Affleck! I hope hope hope he looks just like daddy, cause daddy is wicked handsome!

  34. D1 says:

    I put Jen Garner in the same Hall of Fame as SMG (Buffy) & Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), both of whom wonderfully portrayed two of the greatest female TV characters ever.

    Garner was the awesome Sydney Bristow, and as such, she gets a lifetime pass for life from me for almost anything she says or does*

    *Short of committing homicide, of course, though I might need to be convinced that the poor schmuck didn’t accidentally run into her knife 10 times.

  35. Joanna says:

    this post is correct. i think yes, people like jen b/c they see her as a normal person w problems. she looks like a soccer mom and has a cheating husband and three kids so they feel sorry for her and take it easier on her.

    • Sally says:

      This CB post is a great example of Garner only looking upset with photographers with Ben is with her. At the weekend she allowed multiple photographers to take hundreds of invasive photos of her and Seraphina at the park because it upheld her image as a perfect mother (and she completely played it up). Garner is incredibly false and manipulative.

  36. Kosmos says:

    I love Jennifer Garner…she’s a good person, not pretentious, and is a loving mom. I think she and Ben are a happy couple and good parents. My one complaint about her is that her casual looks are, well…too casual. If you’re going out in LA, couldn’t you just take the time for a little makeup and hair? Although her glammy looks on the red carpet make her look gorgeous, her casual looks are always sloppy and it looks like she just got out of the shower and put on anything. A little eye makeup makes her pop, but at least she’s not wearing the long, long baggy jeans and tennis shoes in these photos!