Enquirer: Did Ben Affleck ‘storm out’ on Jennifer Garner on her birthday?

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Above is the new cover of The National Enquirer claiming that Ben Affleck “stormed out” on Jennifer Garner and that they’re in a “$150 million divorce war.” The National Enquirer is basing this on the fact that Affleck was spotted in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia on the week of Garner’s birthday. This was reported by local news outlets in Nova Scotia, we got a tip about it and mentioned it in a story a couple of weeks ago. The Canadian reports also posted a surveillance video of Affleck at a gas station. Locals claim that Affleck was quiet but friendly. There were rumors that he may have gone to a nearby Buddhist monastery and that he may have been scouting property, but none of that was confirmed.

Ben was spotted in Nova Scotia right around the time that the news come that he asked PBS to censor the fact that he had a slave-owning ancestor. However, from what I can find the story did not break until early in the morning on April 17th. The surveillance video was taken on April 16th and someone claimed to have seen Ben in the area as early as April 11th. He was in a remote area of Canada suggesting that he wanted to get away from it all, but it’s a stretch to say that he knew about the negative press at that time. (The Sony emails weren’t published by Wikileaks until April 16 and Ben’s recent films have been distributed by 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. So he probably didn’t take off anticipating some fallout.)

The National Enquirer turns Ben’s alleged visit to a monastery to a marriage crisis. They claim that Ben “fled to a Buddhist monastery in Canada to ‘get his head straight’ after Jen accused him of cheating with a hot young co-star [Anna Kendrick] and falling off the wagon.” Their report seems based on known details about his visit to Nova Scotia, along with quotes from a source about how Affleck and Garner are having problems. Plus, Affleck wasn’t wearing his wedding ring in the video as he usually does. The print article does not claim that Ben and Jen are getting a divorce, just that they’re trying to avoid one.

The Enquirer’s source says that “Jen saw some emails from Anna and blew up. She demanded to know if Ben is two-timing her… they had a huge fight and Ben had a meltdown… the bottom line is that Jen can’t trust Ben.”

The Enquirer also claims [via Radar] that [Jen] “flew out of Los Angeles to ‘convince him to return home,’ according to a family friend — and was photographed looking distraught leaving LAX.

‘Jen was worried enough that she dropped everything and flew to Canada to give Ben an ultimatum,’ said a source. ‘Jen said she’d give him one more chance to clean up his act.’

I looked through our photo agencies and the only photos I can find of Jen at LAX are from April 14. The next day, she delivered books and read to children in South Carolina as part of her work with Save The Children. JustJared has coverage of that trip. It’s possible that Jen was seen later at LAX, but if so I can’t find those photos.

I don’t doubt that Jen shouldn’t trust Ben for various reasons, but I think she does. Plus I think he’s having some kind of personal crisis over playing Batman. He was seen out gambling quite a bit last year, but he either stopped doing that or is doing it less publicly. I doubt he’s flirting seriously with Anna Kendrick, she doesn’t seem like the type. As to why he went to a monastery around Jen’s birthday, I have no idea. I also don’t know if she particularly cared that he missed her birthday (presumably, he could have jetted back by then). I’m around her age and I didn’t even want to celebrate my birthday this year. At least he’s going to a spiritual retreat in Canada and isn’t gambling or partying with strippers. (Oh and I checked and there is a casino on Cape Breton Island, where Ben was seen, but it’s a couple of hours away.)

Here are some photos of Ben and Jen, taken on 4-24, after the news broke about him censoring PBS. Not a coincidence.
Semi-Exclusive... Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Step Out In Brentwood

Semi-Exclusive... Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Step Out In Brentwood

Ben Affleck Takes Samuel To Breakfast

Affleck is shown taking his son out to breakfast on 5-7 and also at the Mayweather VS Pacquiao fight. Credit: FameFlynet and Getty

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  1. Catelina says:

    Him and Anna Kendrick? Ahaha. That would never happen.

  2. Dewdrop says:

    Pitch, please. Anna Kendrick can do better :)

  3. Sugar says:

    I can’t see Ben cheating with Anna Kendrick. Blake Lively, yes but Anna Kendrick seems too sweet and normal for that.

    • Catelina says:

      Even if she did want him, if she had a celebrity crush on him or whatever the reason, I don’t think he would go for someone like her to cheat with. She’s a sweet, comedic, girl next door type, not unlike his own wife. He would probably go for someone more ‘glamorous’ in the traditional sense.

    • Rhiley says:

      Exactly. From what I can tell he kind of goes for very leggy women. Plus, Anna Kendrick seems pretty smart and wouldn’t mess with a married man. I could see them having a friendly relationship- she had a very friendly relationship with Clooney after working together in the brilliant Up in the Air- but they are not hooking up and hanging out. That said, I bet Affleck is going through some sort of mini crisis. The rumors have been swirling for a while now. And it is something about the Batman flicks that cause some actors to kind of crack.

      • Catelina says:

        I love Up in the Air, it’s probably one of Clooney’s best performances and I think it’s definitely my favorite Anna Kendrick role to date.

      • Patricia says:

        Evrytime I think about Ben playing Batman, I remember Hollywoodland: the only movie role he had where he kinda played the role decently (I like him as a director, he’s a mediocre actor). He played that role because the plot resonated so much with his own demons of being perceived as a dumb, commercial actor, while he has deeper and more artistic dreams. I’ve read that he was such a huge pressure to take the Batman role, that the studios wouldn’t be so “generous” with his future director projects if he didn’t accept Batman.

    • serena says:

      too smart I would add ;)

  4. Ally8 says:

    Watched the Honest Trailer for Daredevil last night. The whole thing is great commentary on Affleck.

  5. Kylie says:

    I don’t think Anna would waste her time with Affleck.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Memories….ugh, I feel for her if this is true. Suspecting every woman he comes in contact with, trying to control his out of control behavior, reading his texts, checking his pockets, checking his phone. It’s so crazy and so not worth it. You’re just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

  7. Dame Heddy says:

    Young co-star could be Emily Ratajkowski, not Anna Kendrick. Affleck has always been known for partying, gambling, boozing, and cheating. Nothing new. I doubt it has anything to do with him playing Batman. I also doubt Garner would ever get divorced from Affleck.

  8. Sabrine says:

    An old married guy with three kids…..not too likely. No fun there. This is just too invasive. It makes my skin crawl reading about a family being dragged into unsubstantiated cheating gossip.

  9. Mia4S says:

    Garner won’t divorce him, her status is Hollywood is dependent on being his wife.

    It’s possible he will have some buyer’s remorse on Batman, but it’s a bit early. I imagine he’s getting a bit of mocking considering he just built up his reputation as a “serious filmmaker”. He’s also not nearly as good an actor as Bale (and Zach Snyder is not Christopher Nolan) so this project is not looked on with the same “respect”. That said, if it’s a hit he’s more than fine. So I doubt Batman’s his current problem.

    • Hautie says:

      “Garner won’t divorce him, her status is Hollywood is dependent on being his wife….”
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Amen. I have been saying that for years. She is going NO WHERE. Garner hustle her ass off to get that ring.

      And that insane thought of Anna Kendrick lowering her standards for Affleck. I refuse to believe that she does not have much better options. Affleck is someone you lie about hooking up with. Not someone you actively chase after. *shudder*

      • Paleokifaru says:

        I really dislike comments about hustling to get a ring. It’s offensive to relationships in general and you manage to insult women while also taking away the agency of men. He also made a decision to get married.

  10. Beep says:

    The enquirer is slipping because it would’ve been better if the story included Jlo. Hello!!

  11. jules says:

    What proof do they have that he “stormed out”? So he’s a cheater because he was out of town on her birthday? Is this for real? Are work commitments supposed to take a back seat to staying in town for her birthday? In the real world are spouses supposed to be joined at the hip on birthdays and call in sick?

  12. minx says:

    Their marriage…who knows what is true or not.

  13. Rachel says:

    I’m no body language expert but their hands are jammed in their pockets pretty tightly…

  14. Don't kill me I'm French says:

    At every rumor follows a ( staged? They are photographed every day) photo-op

    After Brangelina’s 100th breakup according to the gossip magazines,Bennifer2.0′s breakup!

  15. sara says:

    Who gives a crap about these two anymore and their non-stop relationship staging photo-ops. I am more interested in Clint being a dad at 84. And what the hell is Mark Harmon’s stunning secret?

    • sills says:

      LOL, my exact reaction. Zzzzzzzz on this couple, but OMFG on Clint having a kid… Grotesquely irresponsible if true, that’s basically making a signed sealed delivered guarantee that you will be six feet underground the day your kid graduates high school. Hope that’s just rumor.

  16. Size Does Matter says:

    If my husband suddenly turned up in a remote Canadian monastery, something would be very, very wrong. Be okay, Ben. The Gen-Xers remember!

  17. Lori says:

    Maybe he was scouting locations for a movie or something. I’m honestly more interested in what the big secret is about Mark Harmon. I really love that guy!!

  18. Dani says:

    People are rooting soo hard for their marriage to fail but let’s face it, even if he does cheat (well color me surprised) they won’t get a divorce. Just to prove everyone wrong.

  19. Terina says:

    Jen Garner seems like a dedicated mother and is probably trying to keep her marriage together. Affleck needs to grow up and realize its a little late to re-think your marriage of 10 years and 3 beautiful children (I am sick of hearing she tricked him into having when there are male contraceptives or vascetomies) who deserve a dad who participates in their lives. He should stay away from casinos and spend time with them. He’s nothing special, just like most men his age trying to hold onto the illusion that they are young. I think its strange that as soon as he starts getting good box office press his smugness just can’t be kept hidden. Crisis? The only crisis he has is of his own making. Instead of begging Congress for money for the Congo, let him donate all the money he wastes at casinos. The women he’s been rumored to be with do not hold a candle to Jen Garner and i hope she dumps his sorry ass in a most humiliating way.

  20. Jayna says:

    Well, if you would Google Daily Mail on April 30th, Jen had flown into Canada for a movie she’s working on and will start filming soon, Nine Lives, and Ben was in Canada they said in a different city working on a secret role, which they think was Ben possibly making an appearance as Batman in Suicide Squad or just doing reshoots for his Batman movie, but it talked about how for once their schedules were matching up in the same country even in different cities. But I guess Jen chasing Ben to Canada trying to save their marriage is a much better story.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3062038/Jennifer-Garner-flies-Canada-film-new-movie-just-day-Ben-Affleck-set-Toronto-promoting-Suicide-Squad-role-rumours.html

    • KellyBee says:

      From what read and pictures I saw Ben was already back in LA when Jen Flow to Canada. He in LA as of Wednesday or Thursday there are photo of him with his son.

      As for this story I’m calling BS just because it came from Enquirer . if there is something going on in their marriage Enquirer does now about it.

  21. Terina says:

    Jen Garner seems like a dedicated mother and is probably trying to keep her marriage together. Affleck needs to grow up and realize its a little late to re-think your marriage of 10 years and 3 beautiful children (I am sick of hearing she tricked him into having when there are male contraceptives or vascetomies) who deserve a dad who participates in their lives. He should stay away from casinos and spend time with them. He’s nothing special, just like most men his age trying to hold onto the illusion that they are young. I think its strange that as soon as he starts getting good box office press his smugness just can’t be kept hidden. Crisis? The only crisis he has if of his own making. The women he’s been rumored to be with do not hold a candle to Jen Garner and i hope she dumps his sorry ass in a most humiliating way.

  22. someone says:

    I love the way these stories act like a wedding ring is some “official” relationship barometer. Do they honestly think that stars take off or put on their wedding rings based on how good their relationship is at any given time? Like they would be so obvious…..

  23. FingerBinger says:

    I don’t believe the enquirer story but I don’t think Ben and Jen are happily married either.

  24. zinjojo says:

    “She demanded to know if Ben is two-timing her… ” LOL, are they in middle school?

  25. roxy750 says:

    I feel she does alot of work in the relationship in order to keep things together. She deals with alot of things with her husband and tries to keep him in line, in tact and reigns him in every now and then. I get it. Been there.

  26. m says:

    Well if he is cheating, they are cut from the same cloth. But that’s why I dont think she would ever divorce him, she cheated on Scott Foley and he was the one to divorce her, so I don’t think she is the type to get angry at her cheating husband. She would probably just accept it and act like it didn’t happen. She hustled to hard for that ring to just throw it away.

    • sara says:

      Exactly. People forget that she cheated on Scott Foley with her costar Michael Vaughn and then cheated on Vaughn with Affleck. She is no delicate flower. She got exactly what she wanted. “Hustled” for that ring is a perfect word for what Garner did. People can make fun of JLo all they want, but Garner is just as bad.

      • Paleokifaru says:

        What is hustling for a ring? They were both in their 30s and made many decisions together about their relationship. I really think it’s so ridiculous to keep up the scheming woman and bullied into marriage man shtick. No one was young and naive.

        And honestly people don’t know when relationships have been finished and all the complex reasons that go into it. I don’t see Brad Pitt getting this criticism on this site. Let’s not vilify the ladies all the time.

  27. Jessica says:

    Where there is smoke there is fire. There are far too many stories for there to be nothing to this. He cheated on Jennifer Lopez, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t cheat on his wife now. I for one believe it.

  28. boredblond says:

    His bad behavior is old news..what about Rosie’s pregnant rocker lover? Hehehe

  29. Whatever Gurl says:

    It says a lot when both Goop & JLo threw major shade on Ben after dumping him.

    Then Garner decided she can change him.

    It’s only matter of time before Garner realizes that marriage and parenthood can’t really fix him.

  30. Kate says:

    This guy has and will always skeeve me out. I side-eye Garner MAJORLY for wanting to get involved with him and for staying. He is bad, bad news.

  31. E says:

    Ha, if Ben even tried to walk into that Casino he would be noticed. The casino is nothing to write home about.. It’s a small room of VLTs at best.

  32. LA Juice says:

    Anna Kenrick would never. AS IF.