Is Ben Affleck trying to convince Jennifer Garner to have a fourth baby?

Here are some new photos of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in Santa Monica yesterday. As he was during Jennifer’s last pregnancy, Ben continues to be uncharacteristically affectionate and warm towards his wife. It really does seem – visually, at least – that Jen and Ben are stronger than ever. I do think they had a “rough spot” for a few years – especially when Ben was working on The Town with Blake Lively, right? Whatever went down (something!), Jennifer seems to have fought for her marriage and they made it through. And now they’re even stronger. Because looking at couples like Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes… don’t you just see how Ben and Jen could beat the odds and actually make this thing work for decades to come?

Of course, I have an alternate theory: Ben is simply overjoyed to finally have a son. For years, it was widely reported that (unlike Matt Damon) Ben really, really wanted a boy. And now he has one. So Ben is no longer acting like such a grumpy bitch. So you’d think that now Ben has his boy, he and Jennifer would say “no more kids” right? Not so much, according to Us Weekly:

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are beating the seven-year-itch.

“The marriage is rock-solid,” says a Garner pal. The duo taosted their anniversary June 29, and the actress, 40, will soon join Affleck, 39, in Puerto Rico, where he’ll film Runner, Runner.

Meanwhile, their third child, Samual, arrived in February and they’re debating having another.

“Jen is happy with three now that she has a boy,” says the pal. “Ben wants four.”

[From Us Weekly, print edition]

When she was pregnant this last time, I seem to remember Jennifer saying that this was the last time she was doing it. Maybe she didn’t come right out and use those words, but that was definitely the impression I had. So… I could see her being all “Seriously, we have three healthy children. Enough.” And Ben being like, “But we could have one more!! Maybe another boy!!” It’s cute. But I’m betting that Jennifer is kind of over it (pregnancy) at this point.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. brin says:

    They look so happy! Hope this story is bs.

  2. ahoyhoy says:

    Thank god Ben appears to have grown up. He looks at Jen more lovingly than ever. She’s such a great mom.

  3. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Ben is aging well – and with her hair up Jennifer looks a little like Natalie Portman.

  4. Tillie says:

    I love them. They seem to raise their kids so well. The girls are always smiling and look so happy. They make really cute babies.

  5. serena says:

    LOL look at his glowing eyes!

  6. LucyOriginal says:

    I really am glad they worked out whatever issues they(allegedly)had. I think they will last for decades because of Jen. She seems to really cares about her family.

  7. the original bellaluna says:

    I hope he’s not pressuring her to have another baby – she just had one, FFS!

    But, I tend to think this is a couple that will (hopefully) last. (They seem like a good fit; a nice little family.)

    I don’t know who will be next, but I’m feeling Will & Jada.

  8. Gaia says:

    Well Lainey implied recently he had an affair with both Blake Lively and a Bond Girl(probably Olga Kirilenko since they worked together).

    • Macey says:

      I thought of the cheating rumors when I read the part about Jennifer fighting for her marriage. Im not sure I would consider tolerating cheating and whatever else he was into as “fighting for my marriage”.

    • Terrific Terri says:

      Lainey knows zilch.

    • Mia says:

      Why do people give Lainey so much credit? It’s actually embarrassing how quickly people believe everything she says. She just makes things up and sites that “sources” told her just like the National Enquirer says but you all eat it up. She has absolutely no insider knowledge.

      • rach says:

        Thanks for that, Mia. It’s good to see that not everyone on this site is so gullible. The other thing about Lainey is that she is a real “Dr. Jeckyll” (read: hypocrite) when it comes to celebs. …

        On her site, she’s all p*ss and vinegar and never hesitates to castigate and denegrate, but when she’s on tv appearing on E-talk (a soft Canadian celeb show) she is like a kitten and is seen fawning over some of the same celebs she continually mocks on her site. Obviously I don’t expect her to use profanity on the air — even if she wanted to it’s verbatim — but be consistent for goodness sake.

    • shelley says:

      good lord! when are they going to bury this rumor already.
      BLAKE LIVELY was having an affair with RYAn REYNOLDS NOT BEN! That’s why they’re together now ,that why he bought an apt. in Boston while she was filming there.That’s why she sent ryan those naked pics while she was filming GG and why Scarlet ultimately left because she found about the affair

      • Guest says:

        None of that makes any sense. Blake filmed The Town in Boston in the fall of 2009, filmed Green Lantern in the spring of 2010, Ryan and Scarlett divorced in the summer of 2011 during which time Blake was dating Leo and Ryan was dating a group of girls. Ryan didn’t get an apartment in Boston until the fall of 2011 to film RIPD which is when Blake and Ryan started dating.

  9. daz says:

    she doesn’t look it but i think we all forget that jennifer is 40 and after having 3 kids already might not be in desparate need to have more.

  10. Another Nina says:

    Yup, looks like Ben is on the roll, and hopes for another boy. Oh and his younger daughter looks exactly like him these days…

  11. Maritza says:

    They made it work! I wish more marriages would do the same, today couples just give up trying.

    • Jayna says:

      They married in their mid-thirties. That has a lot to do with it working. Both had been able to focus only on their careers before. Both had failed longterm relationships they learned from. Ben’s crashing and burning of his career humbled him and the rebuilding of it built his character as a man. He had matured by the time he married and had kids. She clearly adores him and is willing to make sacrifices regarding her career for the family.

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        Wasn’t Jen ‘married’ when she and Ben began their affair while working on “Daredevil?”

      • Belle says:

        They ‘met’ on the set of Pearl Harbor… and had obvious chemistry when they filmed Daredevil, when she was married and he was engaged to J-Lo. I don’t think there were any rumors of an affair though. She dated Michael Vartan after her divorce. Whether she hooked up with him before or after the divorce, I’m not sure. Whether she was still dating Vartan when she hooked up with Ben… or whether she broke it off for Ben, again, not sure.

  12. Suzy (from Ontario, Canada) says:

    It feels like they have a real relationship/marriage as opposed to so many in Hollywood (Will & Jada I’m looking at you). They seem more normal somehow – like you could imagine them living next door. Their kids always seem happy and secure and both Jen and Ben seem to be loving parents who really care about their family and put it first. Good for them! I hope they last for a long time!

  13. someone says:

    peg, i don’t think this website was implying male babies are better than female babies??? they were just reporting how ben affleck wanted a boy. this is not a personal view of the website, just what happens to be in the gossip world.

  14. marie says:

    They’re cute together, I do hope they last..

  15. Julie says:

    if he really wants another one and she doesnt want to put her body to the struggle the fourth time why not adopt?

  16. Faun says:

    Isn’t he widely known to be ordering up hookers one after the other to hotel rooms when he’s away from home?

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      THIS. And Ben ‘still’ gambles … a lot.

      Neither one of these two are angels.

    • Belle says:

      Sorry, this makes me laugh. I guess that is why they call them rumors… they go from some ‘blind’ item, or someone suggesting Ben cheated… to it being ‘widely known he orders up hookers one after the other’. Can’t imagine what the next person who runs with that will come up with… LOL

      I don’t know if he cheated at some point, or came close… they did seem to go through a rough patch, and there were rumors. It is hardly widely known that he orders up hookers one after the other while he is away from home though.

  17. valleymiss says:

    I’m getting a weird vibe that he wants her to be really busy with diaper duty so he can go screw around again. Hmm.

  18. fsdgf says:

    I am just so suspicious of him. He seems like a cheater on the side.

    Also he is rarely with her & their kids in her photo-ops.

    They have the most photographed & overexposed kids in Hollywood, which is far from normal. In LA she could avoid the paps if she wanted to but she does not want to.

    • Happymom says:

      Yes, I’m always bemused at how “normal” everyone thinks they are when she’s the queen of papping out her kids.

      • cat1 says:

        you don’t think the photographers find her? sorry to sound naive. do you think she, uh, calls them?

      • Happymom says:

        @cat1: yes, she or her reps call them. It’s not random.

      • Jay says:

        To cat1…

        I think she does call them & she definitely does not do anything to find pap free areas to take her kids.

        Hate to bring Brad/Angelina into this but they were living in LA from around November to April & there were very few pics. However there are sightings of them & they obviously go out. They are proof you can avoid the paps for the most part in LA.

        So Jen is photographed everyday in LA, while the Jolie Pitts in LA go weeks/months sometimes with no pics.

      • cat1 says:

        Hi Happymom and Jay,

        Thanks. You would never put that together with her ‘public’ image it’s true. I used to do music and entertainment pr about ten years ago – it was different then I guess and different type celebs. It shouldn’t surprise me but it does. Especially when it involves children but I guess people have images to maintain or propel. It’s strange to me that being with your kids would actually be something that helps one’s career… Anyway, thanks!

      • Raven says:

        Do you have her phones bugged? How do you know? Pretty hard to change schools and nearby parks. Yeah, let’s drive around town everyday looking for some “secret” place to take the kids. The Jolie-Pitts are home schooled. These kids are not.

      • Mia says:


        Um, it’s common sense. If the world’s most valuable kids (photos of the Jolie-Pitt kids are worth a lot more $ than the Garner-Affleck kids) can live in LA for months and only be photographed 2 or 3 times then Jennifer can do it too. It’s all part of Jen’s image as the sweet family oriented mom. It’s her appeal and she works hard to keep it by calling the paps. Seriously, if Brad and Angie can keep themselves hidden then so can Jennifer freaking Garner.

    • jim says:

      well you forgot suri,..their kids actually go to school in which paps regularly take pics of them, they clearly have a so-called routine w/c i do find refreshing…btw, just look at ben’s eyes, that’s what you called love..hollywood has more drama (divorces, etc.) now, this story brings lightness.

      • Jay says:

        Well if Jen cares so much about her kids then why doesn’t she switch up her routine a little to avoid the paps??? It is not hard to do in LA. She chooses to go to the pap filled farmer’s market when there are lots of other places to go for example.

        Also the paps are often at random places BEFORE she even gets there proving someone tipped them off.

      • jim says:

        well jay it is the paps that are waiting for them at their gate to take pics, my aunt lived a block away from them,..if someone tipped the paps of their whereabouts, then all celebs are doing that..stop assuming that they tip the paps of their outing, we really dont know the truth..just enjoy the pics, hate another divorce report.

    • jim says:

      i just want to add that ben is photograph way more than tom with his kids, just google first before you comment., did u see ben at the fashion camp w/ the girls? this site has it, try looking for it…

      • Ki says:

        Actually Ben is rarely seen with their kids. If you look at the DAILY pics of their kids you will see Ben is MIA most of the time.

        In fact most of the time it looks like Jen is a single mother because usually it is just her.

      • Belle says:

        Could it possibly be that Ben is working… and unless she has a project, Jen is kind of a stay at home mom? For most stay at home moms, they would be taking their kids to school every day… doing the shopping, etc., and if they were being photographed, Dad wouldn’t be in most of the photos. Does this mean that all of those stay at home moms who have routines during the day, have husbands that are not away working, but out cheating on them?

      • JenD says:

        Yes! If he’s working, then you wouldn’t expect to see him with the kids during the day. JG is the one who takes them to school, the park, etc., during the day while BA is at work. Nothing weird about that.

  19. Sabrine says:

    She really likes grey. She would be so much prettier in pink, red, anything but grey.

    I think they’re happy together. Life is all about decisions and they have decided to stay married and keep that lovely family together. It’s a recipe for success. They don’t pap out their kids. The paps wait at their home and follow them.

  20. cat1 says:

    also, I guess I don’t understand why folks want SO many. four?

  21. Jayna says:

    The Blake Lively story is so fake. Jennifer was living in Boston at the time with him. He was directing and acting in an action movie with his career on the line. He had so much weight on his shoulders doing all that and said it was so much stress. He said he couldn’t have done it without his family moving there with him. Jen gave an interview saying it was a great time living there but that she missed her girlfriends for children’s playdates during the day while Ben was shooting. People grab on to random tabloid gossip like truth. It always amazes me. Any stress in their marriage probably comes more with his busy work schedule during that time trying to build back his career and her trying to work and be a mom and juggling their work schedules.

    • BC says:


      Ben didn’t have time for Blake during the filming of The Town. I watched a HBO cast interview (First Look), Blake said she asked Jeremy Renner for advise on her love scene with Ben. Apparently the only time Ben had time to talk Blake was when he directed and acted in scenes with her.

    • Belle says:

      Very much agree Jayna. Sadly some state the cheating rumors as if they were fact, and then even ADD to them (such as the ‘isn’t it widely known that Ben orders up hookers one after the other when he is away from home’ comment above).

      People will believe what they want about who they want… and defend to the death a celeb they really like, but quick to judge one they don’t.

  22. LeeLoo says:

    Meh. I am not a fan of either of them. I think this relationship is a PR benefit for Ben to make him look like a family man and I think Jen Garner clawed her way into it at the expense of Scott Foley and Michael Vartan. Yes, they have cute kids and they both seem to love them greatly. But the relationship itself just seems to have a very fake foundation. I think Jen makes Ben happy for all the wrong reasons and vice versa. This is/was a relationship that was arranged and the love eventually came. I don’t have a problem with that but for the love of God be honest about it.

    • Belle says:

      For the love of God, let’s be honest about what… your negative view of someone else’s marriage? Not everyone shares your views.

      • LeeLoo says:

        No, I’m talking about the fact this relationship starting as 1)a PR stunt and 2)because Jen trapped band clawednher way into the marriage by getting pregnant.

        Look, I am not going to mince words. I don’t like either of them. Both of them seem extremely insincere to me. I do believe they have a real relationship at this point but I don’t believe that was always the case. I read this article and gave my honest opinion about these two as a couple. You don’t have to like it.

    • LucyOriginal says:

      I really like Scott and Michael!

      Both of these guys really loved her and then she ended up with Ben. If I recall well from the time I used to watch Alias, Michael was really sad or seemed devastated with the break-up. I think she was the one who was really in love with Ben and his feelings towards her blossomed later. But, to me, she seemed to be the one much more (emotionally) invested in this relationship.
      With that being said, I don’t think this is a PR/arranged relationship.

      • LeeLoo says:

        I do agree that she is more emotionally invested in this relationship. My personal opinion is she was looking for A-list financial security. His image got a good bump from the doting husband and father press. His career was ruined after the Jennifer Lopez fiasco and Jennifer Garner helped him get it back. I think it works great now. But I think Jen Garner was wrong from stepping on as many men as she did to get to this point. It just makes her look like a gold digger. I am not going to pretend to know if that is truly the case. But I think her career took a bit of blow because of that and she has been banished to romcom hell for eternity because of it.

      • Esmom says:

        I thought Scott and Michael were good guys who got screwed over by Jen as she uptraded her way through Hollywood. I liked her in Alias but I was always sort of disappointed in how she seemed to conduct her love life. Her ending up with Ben felt so wrong to me, in terms of genuine love.

      • Phillygrrl says:

        I agree re: Garner being the one who was in love and Affleck grew into it…there used to be a show on IFC called Dinner with Friends, or something like that, which was created and hosted by Jon Favreau. One week he had both Garner and Afflck on, along with some other actors – and this was right around the time that Daredevil wrapped, I believe. Knowing she was with Vartan at the time and well before she and Affleck got together (at least publicly), I remember watching it and thinking she was totally crushing hard on him. It was very, very obvious – she seemed completely starstruck by him. Meanwhile, he seemed to be aware of it and be enjoying the attention – but definitely didn’t seem all googly-eyed like she was. When later they ended up dating, my first thought was she chased him and he figured ‘what the hell?’ If the episode with the two of them is available online anywhere, watch it and see for yourself. Was the most telling footage of the two that I’ve seen.

    • Belle says:

      @ LeeLoo Yes, you gave your opinion, not facts. Then once again you state your opinions as facts. The relationship starting as a PR stunt… this is a fact? No, it’s not. Jen ‘trapping’ Ben by getting pregnant… again, NOT a fact, your opinion.

      For the most part, we are all offering opinions on this site. If you are just offering your opinion, then why keep listing ‘facts’ that are clearly not facts?

  23. UniqJaz says:

    Jennifer garner has really good skin ! So clear, looks flawless. I loved her on ALIAS !!

  24. RHONYC says:

    i definitely could see one more considering his bromance w. bff Matt & how he has 4 kids at this point…you know how dudes are always trying to one-up each other! lol :-)

    plus, she’s good at breeding, makes lovely babies and always snaps back, plus they have a great fam support system.

    go on Elektra…hook Daredevil up w. another! you can afford to. :-P

  25. mimi says:

    I don’t know if he also bed Blake Lively, but the rumor was Rebecca Hall and the joke was “once you go “horse” (Jen Garner) you don’t go back”

    Garner’s frumpy look is rubbing onto him. They both seem a bit chubby and disheveled.

    Seems like he found himself someone who will stay with him no matter what he does.
    If she’s happy with that- good for her.

  26. dizzy says:

    My god, give her break, Ben. It seems she’s been pregnant forever and you want her to pop out another one. It’s so easy for him to ask for another one; he won’t be carrying or giving birth. Also,

    “Ben is simply overjoyed to finally have a son. For years, it was widely reported that (unlike Matt Damon) Ben really, really wanted a boy. And now he has one. So Ben is no longer acting like such a grumpy bitch.”

    Seriously? If this is true, that’s very douchy of him. He has two cute girls, but he wasn’t going to be a truly happy father until Jennifer had a boy? Ugh, that’s infuriating.

  27. jferber says:

    It irks me that a boy baby “saved” their marriage. I bet she did IVF to ensure that he got his boy, too. He’d probably want her to do that again to get another boy. Also, the statistics say that men divorce more when their children are all girls. They are less likely to leave if there is a boy. That sucks big time, in my opinion. If I were Jennifer, I’d have dumped him when she and the two girls were not “enough” for him. He’s a lousy actor and overrated in my opinion.

  28. Amy says:

    The conspiracy theorists make me laugh when it comes to these two. “She trapped him into marriage by getting pregnant.” Says who? Ben also had a part in getting her pregnant–whose not to say he planned that? :P

    The pregnancy was most likely unplanned–but nobody forced Ben to propose to her and marry her.

    A long time ago I was part of an Alias forum in which one of the members got to meet Jennifer thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation. Jennifer was pregnant with Violet at the time. The member posted her pictures of the day she got to spend on set with the Alias cast. She had nothing but good things to say about Jennifer who even let her rub her pregnant stomach for good luck (I can’t think of many actresses who would let fans do this). I know all the accounts are second hand but I do believe she is a nice person and not putting up a front. :)

  29. Chris says:

    Well it’s nice to see that the sentiment on this site has swung back in favour of these two. I remember the dark old days around here when I was the lone voice flying the flag for them.

    Good on them and good on me for being ahead of the curve. :)

  30. tmnt says:

    ben affleck wants a boy so he can play outfield for the boston red sox. every dad’s dream.

    • Freddy says:

      load of bullshit, not every dad wants a son to ‘play outfield for the boston red sox’. i have 2 boys and a girl and my girl is the most sporty, my boys prefer music and art, any ‘guy’ who wants a boy for sports is really misognistic