Enquirer: Jennifer Garner ‘secretly hooking up with former lover Michael Vartan’

Many of you have mentioned in the comments that Jennifer Garner was married to Scott Foley when she is rumored to have hooked up with her co-star, Michael Vartan. Foley has denied that this was the case, and blamed their breakup on the pressures of stardom. I’ve also heard rumors that Garner dumped Vartan for Affleck and that there may have been some overlap there. A 2003 interview in which Garner was openly flirty with Affleck when they were both with other partners (Garner was still married to Foley and Affleck was engaged to Jennifer Lopez) suggest this may have been the case.

Now the National Enquirer is claiming that Jennifer Garner has reconnected with Vartan and that they’re “secretly hooking up.” There are no specifics, though, and this story seems to have originated in OK! Magazine. It’s probably BS, but I wouldn’t mind it if Garner was getting hers, too.

In a bombshell twist, the National Enquirer has learned the betrayed beauty, 43, has been secretly hooking up with former lover Michael Vartan – who’s also dealing with a broken marriage!

“Jen’s still in pieces over what Ben did to the family, how it’s all fallen apart in such humiliating circumstances,” said an insider.

“She’s tried to keep things amicable, but the longer time passes the angrier she gets that Ben threw their marriage down the drain.

“Staying on good terms is proving impossible. She even declared, ‘I hate you,’” the insider added…

Now she’s leaning on her “Alias” co-star Michael, 46. The two dated from 2003 to 2004 before she married Ben in June

Ironically, Michael split with his wife of three years, Lauren Skaar, last July.

“Michael’s been a total rock for Jen throughout this whole nightmare,” said another source. “The both kno exactly how the other feels.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, August 31, 2015]

Garner is probably way too busy to “hook up” with anyone. She’s been on set in Atlanta working, and when she’s not there she’s been seen having family outings with Ben. That’s got to be awkward, but it does serve to further the narrative that they’re doing the best thing for their kids. I would be more likely to believe that she’s talking to an ex, not necessarily “hooking up”. Vartan is somewhat mysterious but he strikes me as a sympathetic ear.

Imagine how delicious it would be, and how jealous Ben would get, if Garner started dating a high profile guy again. I would love to see that, but you know she’s going to protect her down home mom image at all costs. If she’s getting some we’re not going to know about it.

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  1. Saywhatwhen says:

    He’d be an idiot to take her back.

    • Naddie says:

      I was about to say that it’s awesome, than I read that she kinda cheated him with Affleck, so I’d say he could find someone better.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        Plus, it was reported that she supposedly cheated on her then husband, Scott Foley, with Vartan.

    • NYer says:

      I guess it’s easy to look like the innocent one when you’re married to Affleck.

    • Mom2two says:

      Agreed, he would be an idiot to take her back, she did ditch him for Affleck. If there is any truth to this, run Michael!

    • Pandy says:

      Is Vartan still considered “high profile”?

      • Esmom says:

        No. In fact I think the quickest way for him to raise his profile would be to actually get together with Garner.

        I loved them together so my first thought was “please let this be true.” Even though I realize it’s probably a bad idea.

      • Elisha says:

        I must be the only person who super duper dislikes him. Wasn’t he literally the ~only~ celeb to not let his segment of Punk’d air? I’m sure even low profile celebs let theirs air if they got some say in the edits. Vartan wouldn’t even do that.

        I bet this story is BS, the rags always have exes hooking up based on nothing.

      • Kosmos says:

        I believe back then there were good reasons why Garner broke it off with Vartan. I don’t think he wanted the same things, so she moved on with Affleck. I think she probably made a mistake in marrying Affleck, although it might have worked for some years before going south. Ben is just not cut out for towing the line for years on end. Anyway, my feeling is that she married him knowing his tendencies. I think Jen is great, but she’s different today after having all her children and being a mother all these years. I can see her and Vartan being friends today, but nothing more. What didn’t work for them then isn’t going to suddenly work today.

    • Gea says:

      Yeah, she broke Michael V heart , not sure how this happen but on the end, she left him for Ben. In the whole situation, regarding Ben and Jen for some time I really believed that two of them will have bitter end. Both of them have a history of bad relationships. I kind believe that she is aiming now towards Michael for sympathy. As for Ben, nothing really can surprised me coming from him.

    • holly hobby says:

      Not only that but I remember rumors of how he also lost his job at Alias because she felt awkward working with him post split. So yeah I remember the not so innocent Jenn days!

      • Alex says:

        That’s weird because he was on the show until it ended…

      • Mish says:

        But he actually wasn’t on the show until the end. He was gone after the first episode of season 5 and then they tried to get him to come back and he finally showed up again for like the last 5 episodes.

      • CL says:

        She tried to get him fired, but the show was doing too well for it to happen. He’d be an idiot to take her back, indeed.

      • Andrea says:

        Wow, I had no idea!

      • beanie says:

        Ha! This is great. The not-so bright and shiny hidden agendas of Jennifer Garner re-rear their ugly heads. What a jerk that she tried to have him fired. Way to use your power for the common good, arse. That’s right folks, she appears to care for her kids, but in terms of her relationships with men, she is as false and self-serving as the day is long. When, cold, calculating Jen met cold, calculating Ben, the toxicity reached maximum density, and the implosion is now history. There really IS someone for everyone. 🙂

    • lola says:

      I like JG in films, she plays a Mom, really well, but she has always had a tendency to overlap her relationships. So, the only people I feel bad for in this messy situation, are the children.

  2. sassy says:

    he’s pretty

    • Shambles says:

      So pretty. It’s probably not true, but I still say get that, Jen. She’s got the glow of one who is having copious amounts of quality coitus in those photos. Call him, mama.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      So tasty.

    • Diana B says:

      They were so prehtay and perfect together and then she went with Affleck. Seriously Jen, call Vartan ASAP!

      • Birdix says:

        He makes me think of Michael Bolton (the long face? The similar names?) which ruins it for me.

    • ninal says:

      Yeah he’s a looker.

    • Kiddo says:

      At first, I think ‘pretty’ and then I think ‘Hugh Grant-ish’, and then I’m sort of put off.

    • doofus says:

      he really is…I forgot how good-looking he is.

    • Liberty says:

      so cute, and he had me at Millie:

      “Vartan has a dog named Millie, with whom he appeared in a PETA video about good canine care and to whom he wrote a “love letter” for an anthology.” -Wiki

      So, maybe he is just advising her on how to handle both her dogs.

    • Mixtape says:

      Yes. I feel the title of this article should be “Michael Vartan: WAY hotter than the nanny.”

    • Esmom says:

      I think he was prettier then than now, as ends to happen, lol. I swooned over him in Alias. B Coop, too, I’m ashamed to admit. But Vartan was in Bates Motel recently and not only did he not look great his acting was a bit rusty, too.

      • lucy2 says:

        Aw, Cooper was kind of cute back then. I never would have guessed he’d come out of that show such a big star.
        I always thought Vartan was pretty too, but never a super great actor. Glad to hear he’s still working though. I was always surprised his career wasn’t bigger.

      • Esmom says:

        I also was surprised that Vartan wasn’t bigger. I don’t know why but my sense was that he took a step back, but who knows.

        I definitely wouldn’t have predicted Cooper’s career trajectory back then, either.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Yeah, I actually didn’t recognize him at first in Bates Motel, he looks haggard – still handsome but he’s lost something, that adorable sparkly smile he had in Alias and Never Been Kissed. To be fair his character wasn’t given much to do but I know what you mean, he didn’t seem at his best. Weirdly I find Cooper more attractive in Alias than now, he was just a normal geeky type guy in Alias, now he’s like a permatanned George Hamilton or something.

    • Celebwatch says:

      Yes, always found him hot. Plus he speaks French and truly loves dogs. He’ll like, randomly write op-eds for Animals magazine! She really traded down for Affleck…

    • Nina says:

      So so pretty. Much cuter to me than Benny boy.

    • Caz says:

      He is the reason I watched Alias.

  3. Embee says:

    Get some, Jenn. I won’t judge.

    I’d like to see some light back in that pretty face.

  4. The Original G says:

    I’ve never seen her look so happy?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I know! She looks completely different than her With Ben Face.

      • kcarp says:

        She did look a lot happier with him. I guess keeping up with your husband’s mistresses and addictions takes a toll on you.

      • teacakes says:

        well, she has aged ten years since these photographs……a fairer comparison would be to the way she looked in the early (presumably happy) years of her marriage to Affleck.

      • Boston Green Eyes says:

        @kcarp, living with an addict will suck the life force out of you, for sure.

      • Liberty says:

        Boston, good call.

    • justagirl says:

      @Boston – absolutely. Even if you’re not aware that’s what you’re living with, the batsh!t craziness of living with them, their temper & mood swings is draining.

      The up-side is once you truly realize it, you do get some of what you lost back. You can already see it in her face since June.

      • Christin says:

        He’s definitely easier on the eyes and probably much nicer than the previous third wheel in this story (the nanny who shall remain fameless.)

        Looks like said nanny is still doing her pap walks. Good luck with that! Hopefully the used Lexus can be turned into the dealership at the end of the month, because the charade doesn’t seem to be working.

        Edit — This posted in the wrong spot. But I agree that living with things like addiction, emotional abuse, etc., has to be draining.

  5. me says:

    honestly ? good for her after everything Affleck put her through, i hope the story is true

  6. Lara K says:

    He is way, way hotter than Ben. But no way he goes back to a woman who cheated on him.

  7. Little Darling says:

    Of course she is. He’s probably been offering her a shoulder to lean on.

    Ha. I mean, I wouldn’t knock it, but I don’t believe it.

  8. KinChicago says:

    I remember the show Alias and as pretty as he was he just seemed… Wooden. No chemistry from his side, stiff and mechanical. If the pictures of her looking so happy with him did not exist I would doubt any relationship at all.

  9. jaye says:

    Good Land! That man is gorgeous. More power to her if she’s hitting that.

  10. Azurea says:

    I hope he’s as nice as he looks, and seems. I always liked them together, and they looked to be smitten. could not BELIEVE that she ditched him for Affleck!

  11. Luca76 says:

    Except after she dumped him she had his character written off the show until the last episode to placate Affleck. He’d be a fool to take her back.

    • darkdove says:

      I didn’t like that she did that to vartan he seemed to be very much in love with her back then.

    • Angel says:

      I remember Vartan on ET saying he was coming back for the last show. I thought it was awful the way the show treated him. Writing him off the show to accommodate Jennifer Garner. She was uncomfortable of having him on the show after she dumped him. I hope he doesn’t hook up with her.

  12. Keaton says:

    OMG the Alias fan in me would love this. lol
    I doubt it’s true but it would be pretty damn great if it was hah

  13. Jesme says:

    Go Jen ! I really hope this is true ,

  14. Jayna says:

    What a crock. Where in the world is the time for this? She’s done two movies back to back and trying to deal with three kids and a marriage imploding and setting up renovations for a house, kids’ vacations. And don’t forget interviewing and hiring new nannies. LOL

    He said after the breakup they were more like sister and brother. That doesn’t sound like some wild passionate love affair and breakup. It’s more like an on-set relationship that evolved and then returned back to friendship.

    His wife divorced him. I wonder what the deal was there.

  15. daisyfly says:

    Get it, girl. Get it in the morning. Get it in the evening. Get it with some pudding. Just get it.

    • Shambles says:

      I love this comment.

    • Starrywonder says:

      Ha! I hope so. I liked her and Vartan together.

      She didn’t cheat on Foley with Vartan all parties confirm that. I do think that she held on to Vartan until she made sure Affleck was interested in her though.

      • Christin says:

        IMO, she chose poorly. Maybe that’s what she was thinking during her teary interview several months ago when she talked about the roads not taken.

      • Starrywonder says:

        I think she realizes it too. I liked her and Vartan together they had great chemistry.

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s the impression I always had. Vartan was really into her, but she had eyes on Affleck.

        I doubt this is true, but damn, wouldn’t blame her one bit! I doubt Vartan would want to go back to her though, especially in the midst of all this drama.

        Now I really want to watch Alias again…

  16. thaisajs says:

    Not sure I would call Michael Vartan high profile since he hasn’t done much of anything notable since Alias. But I still love him, particularly when he’s speaking in French.

    • Dana m says:

      I was thinking the same thing too. I didn’t realize MV was high profile but that may be because I don’t watch TV.

      He is very good looking!

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      I remembered he was (coincidentally) in a movie w JLo..looked it up, yep. Monster-In-Law..LOL not that that was a hit movie though. He has def had a slow career since Alias days. I wonder if he resents Garner for the whole firing debacle after their breakup..Regardless of all info, I would not kick him out in the morning.

  17. Lori says:

    I never watched Alias. Was she good?

    • Alice says:

      She was great.

    • Diana B says:

      She was awsome. I highly recommend it.

    • Dana says:

      Yes, both in terms of her acting and pulling off the action scenes. Her skills + convincing physique + Alias’ awesome fight choreography (“Francie doesn’t like coffee ice cream”) made her one of my favorite action heroines ever.

    • darkdove says:

      She was one of the best after Buffy of course.

      • Alice says:

        Buffy, Sydney, Xena and Emma Peel – all awesome women.

      • teacakes says:

        I’d rank her behind Buffy, Starbuck(female), and Xena in terms of awesome female leads on tv in that ten-year period.

      • Dana says:

        As much as I love Buffy, I was always a bit annoyed at how SMG really never learned to throw a convincing punch and how often her stunt doubles had distractingly different physiques.

    • Esmom says:

      She was good and the show was really great, lots of talented actors who then went on to do Lost. And B Coop of course. Highly entertaining.

    • lucy2 says:

      The first few seasons were awesome (it went off the rails after a while) and Garner was always great in the role.

      I think her physicality was always more believable than Buffy/SMG, but then again, Buffy’s abilities were supernatural. I miss the days when there were several shows with women kicking ass like that. Do we even have any now?

      • Esmom says:

        It totally went off the rails, lol. I didn’t even see the end of the series, I should go back and check it out.

        And if there are any comparable shows today, I’m not aware of them. Maybe Orphan Black? Although I’m only vaguely familiar with that.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        Umm.. The Good Wife, Scandal, Homeland, Revenge..they just kick ass in a less motion-packed kind of way. But I feel like strong female characters are dominating TV right now. So awesome.

    • justagirl says:

      She was great, along with the other actors. Excellent show for binge-watching with action, mystery, intrigue, humor, eye-candy. Plus her physicality was incredible, really added to the role.

    • Liberty says:

      She was amazing. So good that I even hung in there thru seasons 4 and 5 on the DVDS as the story was getting peculiar. But of course the story also had David Anders (purr purr) and amazing Lena Olin in the final years and almost took on a sort more intense thriller vibe. And, Jen totally kept up with it all. Merrin Dungey as her best friend was awesome in her story arc too.

      If she can channel that and get back into some decent scripts, and toss out those shoes, my guess is she can do things that will get her out of her cutesy People-type rut. She was okay but twee in comedy, IMO. But in Alias, with a steely edge, she was gold. Like, so hard-ass, she must have been a sort of portotype for the Angelina character in Mr & Mrs Smith.

    • Sunsetsnow says:

      She was stunning! I was sad to see her pull back from acting.

  18. Alice says:

    Sounds like cock and bull. If he’s in the picture it’s probably as a sympathetic ear.

  19. Miss Gloss says:

    YES!!!!! He’s so hot. I maintain that she should have married him instead.

  20. RottenFlower says:

    He is ridiculously attractive, especially to be almost 50 years old.

    That’s all.

  21. Jas says:

    I doubt it, why would he go back to an ex girlfriend who dumped him for another man and got him fired from his job? Just because her husband doesn’t want her anymore? She has three kids, is extremely mumsy and frumpy, has an embarrassingly terrible dress sense, a troubled ex who’s trying to get away from her and to whom she has been clinging on to for years. She’s appealing to similar women who identify with her because she seems so much like them but that’s not what most men are attracted to.

    He can pick between plenty of younger, happier, attractively presented, more alluring females who have never caused him any hurt, he’s not going to go back to her unless he’s really desperate or has something so seriously wrong with him that his options are severely limited.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t believe they’re hooking up, but when she’s dolled up she’s pretty so I don’t think he’d find her frumpy or too mumsy. I don’t get her everyday dress sense either considering how much money she has, but she’s good-looking even with the frumpy clothes. He knows what she really looks like which isn’t ugly so I don’t see that being an issue. The Affleck thing — that’s what I see being a problem.

  22. Christin says:

    He is a handsome guy who apparently keeps a relatively low profile. Before the separation was announced, someone mentioned he was divorcing.

    I could envision them e-mailing, calling, etc. He would have to think long and hard about entering such a messy situation, though. I suspect he may be a sympathetic friend.

  23. Jezza says:

    Still so yummy!! Never more hotter than when he speaks french.

    Please don’t take her back!

  24. suzanne says:

    I would climb him like a tree…

  25. Kiddo says:

    Ben, this is not going to work.

  26. Dana says:

    That old picture of her is reminding me why I can’t help but have a soft spot for Jennifer Garner.

    Sydney Bristow was one of those characters that meant a lot to me as a teenager , so I’ll probably always have some residual affection for her. Same goes for SMG because of Buffy.

  27. Jayna says:

    Interview with Vatran during the last season of Alias after they split up.

    “Their characters’ intensified romance presents an interesting challenge for Vartan and Garner, who dated last year before Garner found lasting love with her current fiancé, Ben Affleck. But Vartan says his romance with Garner ended without drama and quickly morphed into a brother/sister-like bond. He describes their split as “benign,” adding, “We’re much better off as friends.”

    “They remain so close that Garner was the one who pulled Vartan aside to clue him in on her engagement before the rest of the world got wind. “On the surface, it could have been a recipe for disaster,” he concedes of his and Garner’s post-romance on-set relationship. “But Jennifer and I were best friends first, during (the romance) and after.” And though he has yet to meet Affleck, Vartan says, he has “heard nothing but wonderful things about him. Their love is very genuine. I’m hoping Ben will put me in one of his next movies.”

    • frivolity says:

      I’ve got to say, it astounds me that everyone is taking what these actors (or any actors/directors/producers/etc.) say at face value. Do you really think they are going to speak ill of other people in their field – particularly other people who have more fame or power than themselves?? Even if Garner did cheat on Foley, he would never broadcast that to the world, both for career reasons and because it is really no one’s business. And as for Vartan, his last line describes exactly why he would say his split with Garner was amicable (even if it was not) – he’d love to get cast in an Affleck movie and wouldn’t want to burn that bridge.

      • Jayna says:

        I don’t take everything they so as true, not at all. But to use a word like “benign” for the breakup is very odd. It treats their breakup as insignificant to him. Saying they are better friends, blah, blah, I can see him saying just to smooth over the gossip. Benign somehow portrays to me he really wasn’t that bothered by it.

        And the fact that he cares so much about getting into an Affleck film over all else tells me this wasn’t some grand love affair that he was broken up by and that he was trying to get over if he was more focused on putting out there he would love to be cast in one of Ben’s movies, more focused on his career.

        That shows a lack of passion in their romance to me, like it had already died way down by the time they broke up and she fell hard for Ben.

        This guy’s wife divorced him also. She was a real estate agent who married a very good-looking successful actor. She must have thought she had a real catch. So what made her leave him, I wonder? Maybe Vatran is like Ben, hot in the beginning with his women, and then just takes them for granted and loses interest.

      • Wazza says:

        Benign like a cancer? Interesting choice of words.
        Perhaps he cauterised his feelings on the topic.

    • justagirl says:

      @Jayna, I agree with you – she looks genuinely overjoyed to be with him, the same way we’d still see her look at Ben. Even last year there were pics of her looking at him like that.

      I think she falls hard, and then has rose-colored glasses. Meanwhile she ends up with jerks like Ben, and odd emotion-less comments like “benign” from Vartan. Sometimes people follow a pattern of who they fall for…

  28. Tdub30 says:

    I didn’t know the tidbit of BA and JG cheating while with him and La Lopez. I find that particular bit of gossip funny since Vartan and Lopez starred in Monster In Law (2005) together. 😄

    • Toyin says:

      There was no cheating. That is the fiction being portrayed by Jen haters. Yes she cheated on her ex husband so its karma, blah, blah, blah. Scot Foley who was the other party involved said his ex wife did not cheat during their marriage, I choose to believe him over internet trolls that always want to cry more than the bereaved. That is the case all the time nowadays. Why don’t we leave people to deal with situations how they choose not how we choose, geez. People are just too judgmental and way too suspicious, bad combination all round.

  29. JudyK says:

    Before I read the story or the comments, all I can say is that he is SO HOT!!!!!! O.M.G.

    She could have had him and married Affleck instead…huh?!

  30. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    He guest starred on an episode of Rectify recently and if I hadn’t seen his name in the credits, I wouldn’t have recognized him. He looks much older and thinner than in the pics here.

    I think any chance they had of reconnecting passed when she got him fired from Alias.

  31. mkyarwood says:

    Nice work, if you can get it.

  32. MSat says:

    Please let this one be true! They were super hot together – I think it was a purely sexual thing back then, but Garner never looked sexier than when she was with Vartan. Time to get your groove back, mama!

  33. Jayna says:

    I don’t find Michael sexy. I thought he was just kind of vanilla in the Jennifer Lopez movie, Monster-in-Law. Now, another actor with his same coloring and hair color and around the same age I find sexy, Josh Lucas. He’s sex on a stick. I loved him in Sweet Home Alabama.

    • Jorts says:

      He’s incredibly white bread to me. Handsome, but in a J Crew catalog kind of a way. Overall: meh.

      Also, his nose photographs weirdly at certain angles.

  34. vauvert says:

    Would be glad if it were true (although I doubt it) but I do hope Jen starts dating a good looking guy and soon. Nothing like a new romance to put some sparkle in her eyes. I think she is really beautiful and the reason she has been looking so down lately lies entirely in her unhappy marriage. You go Jen!

  35. Ravensdaughter says:

    She dumped Vartan for Affleck? You’re kidding me…

  36. KNOW-IT-ALL says:

    Another bs article by Jennifer garners camp to make Ben jealous it will not work she is still too hooked on Ben to do that she needs to get detox from Ben that marriage is defo over.

    • Toyin says:

      This would be because Ben is the only man left on planet earth right?

      • Know-it-all says:

        Well her actions are truly speaking for themselves not my fault that you as a fan are not seeing it.I am just being neutral and objective and it is just my opinion.

  37. The Original Mia says:

    They probably are talking, but anything else is doubtful. The woman is way too busy and too concerned about her children for a romp. But I would definitely recommend she does take some Jen time to rejuvenate everything.

    I’ve never blamed Jen for all the turmoil her relationship with Ben wrought on the show. I always blamed Ben’s petty jealousy. Especially as I read an article long ago that Ben was banned from the set because he was causing problems.

  38. JoJo says:

    Oh please. BS. I don’t even believe she’s letting go of Ben yet.

  39. Mabel says:

    Oh yes! Go for it, Jen. He’s a hottie. In all seriousness though, I doubt it’s true.

  40. KNOW-IT-ALL says:

    If Jen continues like this with Ben she will go from being his wife to his side piece.When a man has no problem humiliating you it is time to get out.

  41. serena says:

    Vartan was/is super hot, I really hope she’s hitting that again!

  42. pk says:

    Well you couldn’t blame her, but I doubt this is true.

  43. sirsnarksalot says:

    In those photos she has the look of a woman who worships the man she is with….until a “better” one comes along. This story looks like a plant. I doubt these two have any contact at all.

  44. funcakes says:

    The story is total nonsense. I’m sure he must already has someone in his life.
    Plus, who would want to start seeing anyone in the middle of a divorce with three kids? I don’t care if it is only for a booty call.

  45. lunchcoma says:

    She cheated on Vartan, and from what I know, they’re not on good terms.

    I don’t think we’ll hear about her with anyone for a couple of years.

  46. Diane says:

    Since Vartan-Garner stuff is kinda suddenly popping up in several places, I would guess this is BA and PR’s attempt to deflect and distract. That is a common tactic when there is no legitimate defense at being caught out in bad behavior. My kids did it, too. All the time. It’s all about getting the attention off of the guilty party. It actually made things worse for the guilty party in my house.

    • JoJo says:

      As much as Ben may have been hugely destructive, I absolutely can’t see him being the one to put this out there. I think this story – although not believable – would benefit Jen more than Ben. Because no one would blame her, and it would show that she’s no longer a doormat.

  47. MyCatLoves TV says:

    With the ability to connect via computer, phone, carrier pigeon, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jennifer reached out to old friends…and maybe old lovers. I hope she does get her groove back with some hot guy. Seriously, other than Ben, she has had some super hot guys in her past. (I would have never let Scott Foley get away. I’ve never read anything about him being a jerk or anything. He’s why I love Scandal.)

  48. Brittney B says:

    “Ironically, Michael split with his wife of three years, Lauren Skaar, last July.”

    How is that ironic, Enquirer? How?!

  49. Amy M. says:

    My Alias fan girl would be pysched to see this happen! Not sure if there was overlap between Vartan and Affleck. Jennifer hooked up with Ben while shooting Elektra in which he came up for a cameo scene since as Daredevil (not included in the movie). Jennifer had announced she was single a month prior to that. Then rumors of Ben and Jen spotted all over Vancouver while she was filming Elektra came out and they finally went public at. Red Sox game a few months later. I remember all this because I was super invested in Jennifer since Alias was on at the time. And I cursed Ben Affleck’s sperm for knocking up Sydney Bristow since Jennifer was pregnant in the last season of Alias. Of course Michael Vartan’s character was the father of Garner’s character’s baby which made it super weird all around.

    But I would not be mad if this were true.

  50. FWIW says:

    Get it, Jen! Michael is so hot and I have a feeling his love for Jen never died plus he seems to be the type that would really love her kids.

  51. Jaana says:

    I like Ben. but I doubt he was really in love with her. IMO he got with her to clean up his image after the whole JLO saga.

  52. MadMenluv says:

    I guess Ben and Jen both have a thing for Armenians…Christine Ouzounian and Michael Vartan are both Armenian…veeeeery interesting…i guess it’s tit for tat…

  53. JoJo says:

    The stories are growing that Ben and Jen are getting back together. Maybe not believable since they all seem to be citing the same OK! stories, but OK! just published another one a few minutes ago saying Ben and Jen are uniting against the nanny.

    • Diane says:

      Oh my goodness – the last part of the article has some really strong “quotes.” Putting it out there kinda heavy. Hmmmmmm.

      • JoJo says:

        It’s really all too much. The Daily Mail story shows them all out walking in ATL today. And clearly Ben has been told that he needs to smile/look happy during these outings.

        Here we go – the dimple parade is back, full force. I told you – Nick and Amy Dunne. These two need serious help – codependency at its best.

    • KNOW-IT-ALL says:

      Keep dreaming this is a joke from Ben he is pulling Jen’s legs as usual with this stuff they will defo get divorced.

      • Diane says:

        Ya, she needs to stand strong. Hopefully, her friends and family will help her see through the fog of emotion here. It’s a hard place to be.

  54. Jayna says:

    Dayum, can Jen ever get a guy that is into her on the red carpet? She’s hanging on Michael in the first photo and he’s staring straight ahead, arms down. The second photo she’s leaning way into him and he’s got his hands out in front of him. And the last photo, again her arms on him, and his arms straight down. No affection.

    I don’t see much of a difference on the red carpet as far as any affection coming from Michael compared to Ben. Jen needs her a man who will give her some love publically for once. She’s an affectionate girl and deserves one back. She needs a Mark Ruffalo type, who shows the love for his wife on the red carpet.

    I love that gown on her, by the way. It’s very flattering on her and a great color.

  55. Since I don’t know it’s a fact if Jennifer is a cheater or not, then I will go with not without concrete proof.

    I loved Michael Vartan and Jennifer together. If they’re great to each other, I would love to see them happily married and him treating her and the kids like precious gold. Then Ben can mull over while drunk at some poker table reflecting on how he broke up his family, that another man who actually gave a damn is now at home with his kids being a father to them and a husband to his wife, the family he tossed so he could do whatever he feels like because it’s all about him. That’s my fantasy anyway.

  56. Armenthrowup says:

    He is my benchmark for ‘beige wall’. So, so vanilla, yawn…

  57. Tara says:

    Whoah. I had no idea who Michael Vartan was. He’s a huge improvement over the big block of expressionless NOT. I get that his career may not be as hot, but his personal “hot” more than makes up for it. Jen actually looks happy with him, and he doesn’t look like his alarm is set for stripper-coke-o’clock.

  58. Jayna says:

    “JoJo says: It’s really all too much. The Daily Mail story shows them all out walking in ATL today. And clearly Ben has been told that he needs to smile/look happy during these outings. Here we go – the dimple parade is back, full force. I told you – Nick and Amy Dunne. ”

    LOL Ben is smiling. Notice, Jen is NOT. She still is not putting on her smiley pap walk like she was doing before they went to the Bahamas. But the kids look happy out taking the dog for a walk. Jen’s hair has been a mess since she lightened it. I can’t figure out why it’s so disheveled all the time. The humidity in Atlanta, I guess.

    I didn’t even recognize Violet. They cut her hair, and she doesn’t have her glasses on. She looks so pretty.

    And then of course they had to have a photo of Bunny Boiler in the article, didn’t they, on DM? Honestly, it looks like she’s copying the way Jen dresses in that photo. Jen has worn some grey skinny jeans and wears a lot of tops that she only tucks the front into the jeans, as is the style. I’ve never seen Bunny Boiler wear her tops like that before. Just Kidding that she’s copying. I think. LOL I hate that Jen looks a bit of a mess and Bunny Boiler looks nice. The puppy is soooo cute. Finally, Ben changed T-shirts.


    • Diane says:

      Ya think there’s a little role reversal there. In the past, Jen smiles, Ben not so much and looks like he’d rather be anywhere else. These pictures are almost exactly the opposite. What message is in that do you suppose?

      • JoJo says:

        My guess is that Ben knows he needs to look happier with them right now. And Jen can longer put on the front of being the perfect family since the world now knows that all was not well behind the scenes as she always pretended it was. Plus, everyone sees her as the wronged woman now, so people might think she was a bit daft (lol) if she seemed all smiley and happy around Ben right now. I don’t know – I’m really not quite sure what they’re doing. I mean, are they really going to try to make it work yet again? The nanny was just the latest and worst incident by all accounts. They were ready to split after the second and third kids. It seems crazy to put their kids through this – they took the very public step of announcing their divorce, which you would think would have taken a lot of thought before doing so. And now, 6-8 weeks later, they’re already backtracking. How confusing for the kids. And I can’t see how Jen’s family and friends could deal with this – they all said the divorce was no surprise at all, they were only surprised they lasted as long as they did. So strange … It really does show such extreme codependence.

      • Jayna says:

        Somebody on Daily Mail in the comments section may have hit it straight on.

        “It’s called damage control. She may hate him, but she doesn’t want to see his career destroyed. PR counsel.”

        I might add, that he has hurt her and broken her heart with nannygate, the disrespect by him having an inappropriate relationship in their home that she is still reeling from because Bunny Boiler won’t go away, thus he’s humiliated her publicly. As much as she is disgusted by him, she was with him for ten years and he is the father of her children. They have a history. She hates him right now, BUT she hates the nanny even more and her games fame-ho-wise. So she will do some papwalks to take the momentum out of the Nanny from Hell’s fame-ho agenda.

      • Diane says:

        Ya, I cannot even imagine the level of pressure she is being placed under right now. It’s all about his image at this point and he knows he has to have her at his side to recover that any time soon. So, he’ll hit her soft spots and promise everything her heart has cried out for in their relationship – they always do. Gamblers are master manipulators. Grrr. Knowing that actually makes me like him even less, though there wasn’t much further to go.

      • JoJo says:

        I don’t know you guys. I find it hard to believe she’d do this for him for PR reasons only. Maybe to ease her own humiliation like you said. But not for him alone. I also still think there’s such strong dysfunction there – she might hate him, but she probably still loves him and doesn’t want to let him go. Look how much else she’s forgiven and let go over the years. It seems hard to believe now, but nanny-gate will blow over at some point, and Ben/Jen could go back to playing happy family again … Until their normal patterns set back in, which it seems pretty clear they will at some point, whether in 6 months or 1 year or 5. Seems they’re just prolonging the inevitable.

      • Jayna says:

        @Diane, I don’t think he’s promising her everything she wanted in a relationship to get her back, or maybe he did and she’s over the marriage. But I think he wants her to do what she was doing before nannygate that seemed to be her idea, putting on a public display of an amicable divorce, co-parenting together in a friendly way.

        It’s obvious she’s doing the bare minimum, because nannygate changed that for her. She’s hurting and angry and sad.

    • JoJo says:

      Jayna – I still say Jen picks the wrong pants!! 🙂 The green ones she has on today fall too far down on her waist, and droop too low betweeb her legs, and it shortens her legs. Do you see it? LOL. Sorry, but I always see that same thing with her pants. I don’t like mom jeans either, but She needs to find a better fit. 😁😁

      • Jayna says:

        LOL Those aren’t skinny jeans, though. They are low slung and droop. I see what you are saying, but it’s just the way she’s built. That kind of pant makes a lot of people look like their legs are shorter, except Gisele type models.

        Why does Ben often wear dark socks with shorts and running shoes? LOL He’s got his own casual style issues.

      • Esmom says:

        I have those exact same pants! And they droop too low so I have to wear a belt to keep them in the proper place. The funny thing is they ID them and a “cheap” knock off…but mine are an even cheaper version from Old Navy. I scrutinized hers and every single detail looks like my cheap-ass ones. Too funny.

    • darlene says:

      Yes, someone at PR finally got through to Ben and now every photo is his obviously fake grin. He’s such a bad actor, stick to writing and directing Ben. I think Jen is playing along, as you said, reluctantly. Who knows if it’s to capitalize on her new sympathy fame with women or to it’s part of a more formal separation agreement. If it is the latter, I hope her attorneys are pushing hard and getting her everything she wants. I also don’t rule out the fact that she may stay with him. I think she worked long and hard to climb that social ladder to Ben’s A list wife status and I can see her doing anything to keep it.

      • JoJo says:

        Yeah, People just issued a story with the headline solely focused on the fact that Ben and Jen were “talking and laughing” during their pap walk today. I mean really, this is what is considered “news” now? People’s facial expressions?! What have we been reduced to? Lol. In any case though, the whole thing seems so orchestrated and pathetic. One week ago, they’re ‘miserable’ and ‘awkward’ and like ‘strangers’ and now, all of a sudden after those post-Disney stories, they’re suddenly a happy, happy family and all is suddenly and miraculously fine? SO. BIZARRE.

  59. JoJo says:

    Jayna – So true about only models or Charlize Theron-tyoes being able to wear those pants! As for Ben, he’s a Boston guy as you know, and guys around here do wear that type of dorky style in the summer – socks with sneakers and shorts. Lol.

    So, I take it you don’t believe these two are going to get back together?

  60. Betsy says:

    That man is beautiful.

    And she looks so genuinely happy back then.

  61. desertgirl says:

    @ Diana. Jen might have to play along for future support and property /family home. According to People Magazine, July 18, 2005, the Turks and Caicos registrar general says they did not file an application for a marriage license. No family or friends were at their ceremony just Victor Garber. It’s hard to get closure if you can’t even file for a divorce.

    • Toyin says:

      Their marriage was on the 18th of May 2005 not July. All the noise about waiting to file a day after their anniversary in July is a farce. Just goes to show how little people actually know. Most people cannot even separate truth from fiction when it comes to certain people.

  62. Christin says:

    He looks just a little different here, in a video from 2014 promoting pet care for underserved communities.


  63. Jordan says:

    I am obsessed with Alias and this would be so amazing!!!!

  64. onetimerfromdlisted says:

    Does she not look JUST LIKE Leighton Meester in the pictures wearing the grey sweatshirt?!??! I never noticed, but they look like the same person there!

  65. Sara says:

    This would be awesome! I think she should doi it just to get back @ Ben! But he may not even care he seems that selfish!

  66. Ruth Dunbar says:

    None of this is true because he’s actually hooking up with me.

    :hands Michael his morning coffee:

  67. Crumpet says:

    You know what this story feels like? ‘Don’t you dare feel sorry for Jennifer Garner, because she is just as slutty as she has always been!’. How much you wanna bet this came from Ben’s camp?

    • Diane says:

      Yes I think so too. I think it is/will backfire. It’s just gross.

      • JoJo says:

        You really think Ben is going to plant a story like that about Jen while simultaneously going on family outings, etc.? I don’t believe that. I really don’t. I think too many of us teenager our own anger about relationships onto Ben and assume things that just aren’t there. I just don’t think he would do that – not saying he’s above reproach, but I really don’t think he would do anything to hurt hisnkids on purpose.

    • Toyin says:

      She was never slutty, definitely not slutty now.

  68. JoJo says:

    Sorry, “transfer”, not “teenager”. Agh, autocorrect, but don’t know why it changes actual words to other actual words. 🙂

  69. jccw says:

    Daily Mail has pics of all of them flying into LA on their private jet yesterday. Is she done filming now? I’m sure school is about to start also. A little bit surprised Jen let Ben fly with them. Oh..to be a mouse on that flight, lol.

    • JoJo says:

      It will be interesting to see what they do now that they’re back in LA – nanny territory. Something tells me we’ll be back to “same as it ever was” as if nothing ever happened. We’ll be seeing the dimple parade, including Ben, for more farmer’s market outings and Starbucks runs. It will be like the summer of 2015 was all just some big bad dream.

  70. LAK says:

    How is she surprised that her marriage went down the toilet? She’s been struggling to keep it together for years argo it’s been in the toilet for years…..

  71. jccw says:

    Ha, ha,ha…

  72. ksb says:

    If it’s true, I hope MV takes good care of his heart. He looked broken after she had dumped him last time.