Jennifer Garner’s weekend chronicled by People Mag: ‘happy to get back to LA”

Jennifer Garner Shops At Gelson's
Yesterday we saw new photos of Jennifer Garner out without her wedding ring, taken after she had returned to LA from filming in Atlanta. This was the inevitable papportunity we were waiting for after the announcement through sources that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck had “officially removed their wedding rings“. People Mag had some quotes in their “Jen isn’t wearing her ring” article about how she “faced difficult choices” now that she’s back and with her kids. People had a follow up yesterday all about how great Jennifer is doing and how she’s almost back to normal. Her PR team is really laying it on thick, which we’ve seen throughout this very high profile divorce. Incidentally, these two haven’t even filed yet as far as we know. When they do you can bet we’ll see more articles about how they’re feeling and doing and how they’re trying to minimize the impact on their kids. Rinse and repeat. Here’s some of what People reported:

“Jen seems in good spirits and is almost back to her normal, positive personality,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She’s happy to get back to her usual, family routine with the kids in L.A.”

On Saturday, Garner took her daughter Seraphina, 6, for a fun day of painting ceramic pots at Color Me Mine in Santa Monica.

The next day, she got in an early morning jog before taking her three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina and Samuel, 3, to church. “The kids seemed excited about church. They ran into several school friends,” another source tells PEOPLE. “Jen also had a very warm welcome at the church. She kept smiling and looked happy.”

The family also made a quick stop at one of their favorite weekend hotspots: their local farmers’ market.

Garner held her children’s hands as they strolled the streets, picking out fruits and vegetables from the various stands.

“She looked happy to see familiar faces at the market and received several welcome-back-to L.A. hugs,” says a witness.

Since returning to L.A., Garner, 43, has been staying at the family home, which is currently under renovation, with Affleck living in a rental just down the street.

[From People]

Appearances are very important to Garner. Some of you pointed out yesterday how ripe it is that Garner testified in front of the California State Assembly on behalf of the anti-paparazzi bill protecting children when she benefits from paparazzi interest in her family when it suits her. She has said that the law has changed her children’s lives so I don’t think those two things are necessarily incompatible. Yes she should tone it down with the updates to People Mag and the happy family photo ops, but if her kids don’t have strangers yelling in their face every day it’s a good thing.

Also, we haven’t seen the nanny in some time. She got some cash and she’s gone away for now, I think. She’s super thirsty so I wouldn’t be surprised to see her pop up on some D-list reality show, maybe something on VH1.

Jennifer Garner Takes Her Kids To The Farmer's Market

Jennifer Garner Takes Her Kids To Church

Jennifer Garner Shops At Gelson's

Jennifer Garner is shown out shopping yesterday (checkered shirt) and with the kids at the farmer’s market on Sunday. Credit: FameFlynet

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  1. Elisa the I. says:

    Grrrr, why did I click on this? She is getting on my nerves. Grating! Overkill!
    Less Garner stories, pleeeeeeease!

    • Astrid says:

      I’m with you! Why did I click on the article??? Same old same old….”poor struggling” Jennifer. As if the rest of us haven’t gone through a divorce. She has plenty of money and means. Pick up your life and move on. Stay out of the spot light for a while.

    • lisa says:

      i clicked to see if she had segued into newly single outfits and shoes yet

      she has not

  2. Victoria1 says:

    I miss the nanny at least she was more interesting in her outfits

  3. Mrs. Wellen Melon says:

    I want her to star in a film called “Farmer’s Market”. During a bitter divorce from a slick Beverly Hills plastic surgeon (played by Affleck), her character makes a lot of jam as therapy, eventually opening a stand at the local farmer’s market next to the stand of a shy, honest, hardworking widower farmer with two young sons (Matt Damon)…

    • Elisa the I. says:

      OMG, you are killing me! :P

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Lol. Personally, I think she’s living at the bloody farmer’s market or having an affair with a farmer. I wish. This is the most boring story ever. Why are they covering their every move? They’re still wearing their rings. Still wearing them. Today at the farmer’s market, still wearing them. Oop! Ben’s is off! It’s off! Waiiiiiit…. Jen’s is off, too!! And she went to the farmer’s market! Without her ring! Man, what a snooze.

    • Alice says:

      I’ll tune in to Lifetime for that! Bring it on.

    • CG says:

      I would watch the hell out of that movie!

    • belle de jour says:

      Love this idea. May she please get all her gingham wardrobe from Reese Witherspoon’s new Kuntry Kuzzin line?

    • kcarp says:

      She is meeting up with guys from….the logical step is to meet them at the Farmer’s Market.

  4. Mia4S says:

    Remember when Garner used to be interesting as an actress? Yeah, me neither.

    Carry on selling the mommy thing. Carry on.

  5. Jets says:

    I for one think that Ben is still dating the nanny on the down low. Interesting that we haven’t seen the nanny in quite awhile and Ben hasn’t been seen either over the weekend, those shots of him on daily mail at JoAnn fabrics are old, they were taken on Aug. 23rd. Maybe WB or Ben’s team paid her to not avail herself to the paps, as every pic of her is a reminder to all of Ben’s cheating and thus a reminder of what an assh@le Ben is, or someone paid the pap agencies to not cover her, not sure if that’s possible but money talks. The less we see of her the faster the story dies. But that doesn’t mean she’s gone for good in Ben’s life their just being careful.
    As for Jen, this is all about custody, building a case to get full custody, which she really doesn’t need to do, Ben will be like all the other famous celebrity/actor dads, he will see his children less and less as time goes by and when he has kids with a younger woman, then his relationship with his children with Jen will be even more strained. History repeats itself.

    • Diane says:

      I question BA’s ability to make good judgment calls and I think there’s enough evidence of that out there. But, he has been humiliated by Nanny putting this out there, and one of his good buddies was also humiliated by her posting the rings picture. He was probably using her at the time for fun, as he has allegedly used many others. I don’t think he ever intended this relationship to BE a relationship and certainly never go public. He’s been publicly, emphatically rejecting any relationship even existed other than friendly and professional. I don’t think there is any way he has any contact with her or ever will. She wanted money and fame and she got both. She used him for that and that was probably fair (if there weren’t innocent victims in the wake of it).
      I don’t think Jen is trying to get sole custody – she has put much genuine effort in trying to forge a relationship between Ben and his kids to do anything that might hinder that in the future. She loves her kids too much for that.

  6. Size Does Matter says:

    Jogging, church, farmers, fruit and vegetables, dimples….I’m choking on the wholesomeness.

    I bet they’re not filing till everything is ironed out, so there are fewer documents out in the public domain for people to pick apart.

  7. kibbles says:

    This divorce is one of the biggest celebrity stories of the year, but initial interest has died down and the nanny has been paid off for now; I think it is also time for Garner to lay low for a bit and stop with these press releases about how she is doing. We all know she loved Affleck, that she was betrayed, and that this probably hurts as do all divorces. Unlike most people though, Garner has millions of dollars and plenty of support. She will be fine and will be in a good position to move onto another good looking rich man once the divorce is finalized. And I always thought it was hypocritical that she even complained about the paparazzi let alone testified in front of the California State Assembly. The public would not care about her if it weren’t for the paparazzi following her family to every farmers market visit.

  8. Jayna says:

    I read somewhere where Jen is rethinking Ben living at the house and he might be now going to permanently be living instead at the rental house down the street. Did they think we were dumb. The minute the rental house became known I never fell for the line we just rented it for all of us to move into while an area of our massive home was being renovated. There’s one area being renovated and a massive home to still live in without being bothered. And the home was being renovated while she was in Atlanta..

    I always figured that rental home was for Ben to live in and be in the neighborhood close by for ease of the kids going back and forth and having their friends in the neighborhood. I don’t know why Jen kept pushing this narrative they were all going to live on the same property. I do feel it was Jen pushing that, not Ben.

    • captain says:

      @Jayna It could be that Jen wanted him to live on the property, while he wanted out pronto. So he rented the house, but in his usual fashion told her some cowardly lies, so that she’d agree. She probably was in a very confused and desperate state at that time. I am sure the rings were her idea, going out and getting papped as a family was her idea too. And most likely you’re right, living on the property was her idea as well. She probably convinced herself, she’s coming up with all these ideas in order to not upset the kids, but really it was all for her own feeling that their codependency is not completely broken, there are still some strings binding them together. Can’t blame her at all, it’s fully understandable. Now it seems like she is slowly coming to her senses, brave little woman.

      • Luca76 says:

        I agree Captain the house on the property was her idea. As was the ring game(until Ben got caught with the nanny). He lied to her as much as possible to detangle himself from her.

  9. captain says:

    They haven’t filed yet? Are they still stuck dividing the property or what? Incidentally, Brian A. Green is STILL wearing his RING, whereas Megan Fox has taken hers OFF. I don’t know, but it’s so funny. Sorry guys, children suffering and all, but it’s just hilarious. Honestly. He tries so hard, and nobody cares ))) Nobody wants to do ring-watching on him and Megan, that’s so unfair. lol.

    • JoJo says:

      @Captain – I agree as well. I tend to believe that Jen wanted to keep some “strings” there between them, including living on same property, wearing the rings, etc. I’ve always said, I don’t think she wanted to let this relationship go. I don’t believe she was done in the Bahamas or even when they announced their intent to divorce, which no, they still haven’t filed. Staying on the same property, let’s face it, would make it extremely difficult to move on with other partners down the road. And while I’m certainly not saying she had malicious intent, I’m sure that was a beneficial side effect for Jen, as I can’t imagine she really wants to see him move on, even now. And I agree with you, who can blame her? Divorce is hard and hurtful for everyone.

      • darlene says:

        Yup, she didn’t want to let him go even in the Bahamas, her pr said they went there to talk about/work on the marriage. He threw the nanny in her face by jetting off with her to L.V so publicly. I think he’s a coward and addict who passive aggressively manipulates the people around him to get what he wants, and he wanted out of that marriage, at any cost. I also think he was doing the nanny pretty quickly from the time she was hired, and I think he’s still dating her. She’s dropped out of site and we don’t hear about her shopping fora showbiz gig as much, so yeah, I think he’s back with her and buying her silence.

  10. CB, you missed it–it should have been a screaming headline–Jennifer grew out those ugly bangs!

  11. CB, you missed what should have been a screaming headline–Jennifer grew out those ugly bangs!

  12. lila fowler says:

    Her whole life is spent at the farmer’s market.

  13. Diane says:

    JG was very publicly humiliated. I hoped she would come back to town (LA) and show up publicly as strong and confident to rebuild and recapture a little bit of self esteem. If she had hidden away, she would have been victimizing herself.
    She has been in “support my husband’s career” mode for some time and doing it very well. She’s a clever girl. She’ll reinvent herself. I hope she becomes an example for women who have been cheated on – emerging strong and all that. I’m not saying that snarky – I think it will be a positive thing and I think she will do that very well also.
    You go girl!

    • Luca76 says:

      See I think the opposite. If she laid low for a while and then emerged with a project and made a point not to talk about the divorce people would forget and look at her on her own merits. For instance almost everyone has stopped talking about Sandra Bullocks’ divorce because she changed the conversation. Anyway I think the very last thing she needs is to be an example of getting over adultery aka The new Jen Aniston-that will mean being tied to and compared to Ben and whoever he marries next in the tabs for the next 10 years.

      • Diane says:

        I don’t remember Aniston doing a lot of talking about the divorce at the time, either. It was the tabloids that carried that in strength. I think it has something to do with the popularity/high profile of the spouse. Also, Bullock had no kids and had never had the supporting spouse role, so she didn’t really have to re-invent herself. She just kept on doing what she had always done. There was tons of tabloid press at the time, as well. She adopted a baby and did go into hiding for a season for that, which was appropriate.
        I agree that Jen needs to downplay the home-front stuff NOW and come out later only in terms of career stuff. Her expressions during the outings with BA had been so downtrodden/victimish and THAT is why she needed to come out with a smile and confidence upon her return home IMO.
        I hope she stops feeding stuff to the press about the status of her divorce. I agree that will in the end be a negative that will be hard to shake.

    • Neah23 says:

      Yes by pimping out her kids along the way and running to the tabloids every 5 minutes. The only thing Jen is going to do by that is ruin her minivan image.

      @ luca76

      I agree Sandra Bullocks is the perfect example of how you handle a situation like this.

      • Luca76 says:

        I honestly don’t think she will ever lose the mini-vans, just like Jen Aniston never did. I just think she has to ask herself if she wants to spend the next ten years in Ben’s shadow just like she did the last and if not she needs to stop having her sources leaking information and deal with whatever drama and pain that happening with a therapist and out of the public eye.

      • Neah23 says:

        No she could. Jen lost some of her minivan fans they got tired of the game and moved on, hence why people no long tolerate the pity part narrative and they no longer support her at the Box office. Also look at Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon both of them all lost their minivan fans.

  14. JoJo says:

    Well, now the Daily Mail is reporting Ben and Jen were at a marriage counselor today (Thursday). Some commenters were saying it could be divorce counseling or co-parenting counseling, which apparently is mandatory in some states, but I don’t know. It’s baffling … they announce they’re divorcing, they take their rings off last week, and now they’re in marriage counseling? Didn’t they already try that for years? I really don’t get it.