Radar: Jennifer Garner is ‘always crying on Michael Vartan’s shoulder’

Last August, The National Enquirer reported that Jennifer Garner had been “secretly hooking up with former lover Michael Vartan,” who is also single, having filed for divorce two years ago. It sounded like fan fiction and so does this report from Radar, which claims that Vartan has been a rock for Garner during her separation. I question whether she’s still actually separated, and if she’s even spoken to Vartan in the last few years, but here’s their report for what it’s worth.

RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned the 43-year-old actress is constantly reaching out to Michael Vartan, who she dated in 2004, for support while she grapples with serious marriage issues with Ben Affleck.

“She’s always crying on Michael’s shoulder,” an insider revealed. And the former couple’s closeness hasn’t been lost on Affleck, 43.

“Ben thinks something is going on with her and Michael,” noted the insider, “but he doesn’t know if it’s just manipulative to piss him off or if it’s legit they would like to get back together.”

Affleck has said that “Jennifer is very careful with her electronic devices,” added the insider.

Though it remains to be seen what will happen with Affleck and Garner, one thing is certain: Vartan, 47, who recently split with his wife Lauren Skaar, will always will be firmly on Team Jennifer.

[From Radar]

If this is true, and that’s a big IF, Affleck has no recourse for being jealous at all after everything he’s done to Garner. Some of you have floated the theory that Garner is getting hers on the side too, which I would love but which also sounds doubtful. Even though we only see photos of her during the day it seems like she’s just too busy running around with her kids to have anything going on the side. That’s just a small slice of her day though and it does seem to be the image she’s trying to put out there.

Speaking of Affleck, he was recently seen flying into LAX on Father’s Day, which is nice. He’s also still working on the Batman standalone script. Affleck told ColliderI have a script, we’re still working on it, and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me.” I think that’s his way of promising us that his movie isn’t going to be a bloated mess like Batman v. Superman. Affleck has been in Europe this summer filming Justice League, where Garner and his kids joined him for a while. Garner and the kids have been back in LA for a few weeks now, which is where Michael Vartan lives incidentally.

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  1. evie says:

    Shoot, I’d cry on his shoulder, too. Get it, girl!

  2. Ainsley says:

    Vartan is adorable

    • minx says:

      He is, and he can do better than JG. She wanted Affleck, the big star, and she got him.
      I think Garner and Vartan are just friends, anyway.

  3. als says:

    Didn’t she dump Vartan to move on to greener pastures?

    • mytake says:

      Didn’t she cheat on her first husband to be with Vartan?

    • Kate says:

      She friendzoned him a very long time ago. Even in the thumbnail you can tell she doesn’t think of him as more than a good friend.

    • Alex says:

      She cheated on him with Ben, actually.

    • Gigi says:

      She cheated on both Foley and Vartan. What goes around comes around!

      • Sarah says:

        Exactly this! I don’t really feel sorry for her in all of this. She cheated on both exes when she met someone she deemed better. Also wasn’t she pregnant after 8 months of dating Ben? I think she tried to trap him into marriage…

    • Starkiller says:

      Yes and yes. If this is true, he is both a numpty and a doormat. There aren’t actually functioning adults who are this daft, are there?

  4. Jets says:

    total fiction

    • Hannah says:

      Yeah, they’re just trying to get clicks/comments. $$

      Ben was spotted eating dinner at The Beverly Hills Hotel last night. LOL, so Jane or whatever her name was with the insider info was right. He’s not staying at the family home anymore.

      • A says:

        Why couldn’t he be just be out for dinner? If he were living there, I’m sure he wouldn’t eat in the public dining room every night. He’d have a suite and get room service.

        He’s living in the guest house, presumably, because he let the lease on Brooke Shields’ place expire.

      • Hannah says:

        Because he was prob with friends. The woman who spotted him didn’t say anything about other famous people eating with him. Why should he stay in his bungalow or whatever it is that he rents/owns there? He’s been working like a dog and wants to socialize?

  5. lucy2 says:

    Always thought Vartan was a cutie. But I’m doubting this, I don’t know that they’ve ever even been spotted together once in all these years.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes and yes. I admit I would love this pairing because I loved Alias and loved the idea of them together, but I think there’s no truth to it. Lazy tabloid crap.

  6. belindaya says:

    Affleck has said that “Jennifer is very careful with her electronic devices,” …ORLY ??!!!!When I read that I laughed , my mind went to the gutter … 🙂

  7. A.Key says:

    Damn Vartan’s hot,

  8. Lucy says:

    Nope, sorry, still ship Vartan with JLo, haha 😀

  9. eggy weggs says:

    I was wondering when Michael Vartan would make an appearance. He’s so neat. <3

  10. Lara K says:

    If he has any brains whatsoever he would not get involved in her dram again. She did cheat on him and dump him. And she is totally still hung up on Ben.

    He is super hot though.

  11. Ann says:

    I wish there were more pics of him!

  12. JoJo says:

    Ugh, we’ll get to see yet another Gossip Cop denial on this one. I doubt it’s true, but I wouldn’t put it past her to play games to try to make Ben jealous. I think she did that to past husband/boyfriends early on with Ben. But I still think there’s only one game in town Jen cares about winning – and that’s Ben.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I agree…if Ben snapped his fingers, Jen would go running back to him…at least, that’s my opinion…

      • J says:

        I was convinced that they were together (Ben and Jen) and keeping it quiet. However I am beginning to wonder – not 1 spotting together so far this trip home for him as well as when they came home from London before he went back. Either they really do want to keep it quiet or maybe they really are getting ready to file. With their 11th anniversary coming up next week – will he stil be here? Will they be together? Will they actually file for divorce ? So many questions not many answers.

      • A says:

        He hasn’t been photographed with his kids either (nor has Jennifer) so I think they’re trying to keep a general low profile for the moment

  13. Christin says:

    Guess I’m the only one thinking she has probably been in contact with MV. Texts, calls can happen.

    Both are likely in a vulnerable chapter (splitting up, though Jen can’t seem to decide if she’s in or out).

  14. Emylee says:

    I only want it to be true because of Alias lol

  15. hmmm says:

    Perhaps tonight’s the night for the an announcement on HBO. Oh Jen and I filed today…we’re both ready to move on with our lives…

    Please let it happen…its time!

    • J says:

      I doubt it, not their style at all. If and when they file, all the tabloids that have been lying in wait will pick it up and then it will get confirmed by a publicist. I’m still not convinced it will happen. Just because he had dinner at the Beverly Hills hotel does not mean he is not still living at home. Seems to me he is taking care of business while he is back in LA. Looking at a possible location shoot on Monday, appearing on a show tonight. Also they may wait till school is out – which is probably this week

      • Joni says:

        Yeah, they’re probably waiting until school is finished. They did the same thing last year.

  16. A says:

    I was pretty sure they’re back together but he’s still smoking. When he switched to electric cigarettes, I was sure it was for Jennifer’s benefit but he’s been photographed smoking methols again.

    • J says:

      Do you have inside info?:)
      As I recall you knew that Ben had returned to LA,even though he was not photographed returning with Jen and the kids back at LAX.

      • Gigi says:

        It was a poster named Jane who said that he was coming back to LA and had a serious gf and would file by the end of the month. That was in the last post about them.

      • A says:

        No, I just knew he was scheduled to collect an award with Matt at the Guys’ Choice Awards

  17. alice says:

    Jennifer Garner being Jennifer Garner could cry on whomever shoulders she want to cry on, but she’ll never go public nor give up without a fight her Hollywood power player of a hubby, who’s in the past days has been ranked #50 in the THR ultimate power player list in Hollywood. She wont let go that, not certainly for Michael-is-he-still-working?-Vartan

  18. I would love for Garner & Vartan to have a happily ever after ending. They seem like they’d make a great couple in the end.

  19. Kate says:

    A couple of the comments in here are hilarious. Still clinging to that delusional fantasy of Ben and Jen, huh? lol They are not together, have never reconciled, let it go and move on.

  20. FRM says:

    Reminds me of Vanessa Paradis mending her broken heart with her ex Lenny Kravitz after splitting with Johnny Depp.

  21. Jezza says:

    I love me some Michael Vartan. Always felt bad for him that she cheated/dumped him for Ben. Hope he’s smart enough to not date her again, but I think she’s too into her wholesome southern minivan majority friendly image.

    But life is short – get you some, gurl!!

  22. Ashley says:

    please let this be true. + alias reboot?

  23. ann carter says:


    Whatever she’s doing, she’s doing alright.


    • kibbles says:

      That’s why I think she has more game than she let’s on. Even if a woman is attractive, she has to know how to flirt or woo a man to get so many good looking men wanting to date and marry her. The goody-two-shoes thing is partly an act and might be part of her charm to get these guys believing they should marry her. She has a wholesome look about her but who knows what she is really like behind the cameras. If she has cheated on all these guys as well, then she was really sneaky until she met her match in Affleck.

  24. Persephone says:

    Why does anybody imagine he’d be desperate enough to go back to an ex girlfriend who dumped him for another man and got him fired from his show because the new boyfriend was jealous? And now she’s in her forties with three kids from the guy she dumped him for….

    • Katy says:

      FINALLY!! A voice of reason. I mean really does anybody really truly believe this?

  25. hmmm says:

    All of our comments are based on speculation because none of us really know what has happened.
    I try to base my ‘guesses’ on their body language. So I believe the marriage is OVER. Especially since their last trip to church (Jen practically running to distance herself from him). The pics in Paris reminded me of Mom out with four children (the oldest child Ben partcipating because he had to). And finally the last family outing (Ben in makeup) where the entire family looked so uncomfortable. When Jen and the kids left London she looked as though she’d been crying. Then on arrival to LA she had changed clothes and her face was clear. Jen and the kids have appeared to be very happy and relaxed since their return…no Dad no drama.
    He’s in town to take care of business and file. And it can’t be too soon for me.

    • J says:

      It is all speculation. But there is so much speculation because it’s a whole year since they announced their intent to divorce, but they have not filed and are with each other a lot, beyond “family” outings. Their amount of togetherness – vacations eye is beyond what two people who are divorcing can normally tolerate, even for the kids. Pics before the European vacation / location shoot, and unguarded pics in Paris tell a different story than divorce. Also lots of social media sightings without the children on “dates” in London at the theatre, savoy etc and not in front of the paps indicate a possible reconciliation. All that said, hopefully they will settle it one way or another; file or reconcile.

      • hmmm says:

        It’s just sad…three beautiful children waiting on Mom and Dad to make a decision. We don’t have to speculate to know that the kiddos feel the tension between their parents and how uncomfortable they are. For their sake their parents need to file or reconcile and stop dragging their feet!

  26. elle says:

    I don’t know that much of Jen Garner’s work (never watched Alias), but holy cow is she irritating in that credit card commercial she does. Her voice is nails on a chalkboard.

  27. Anne says:

    There are new gym stroll pap pics of Jen today. There’s someone in the comments section who posted that he/she had read that Jen “locked Ben out” of the family home. Who knows if this is true or not, just reporting what I saw.

    I would bet that they are meeting with lawyers and working out the details while he is back in town. This divorce talk needs to be ovah already. It’s been years that the tabloids have been running stories about their shitty marriage. I need to hear new things about Ben and Jen. File and start (publicly) dating already. Now onto who his girlfriend is… Do we think that she’s famous or a regular person like Matt’s wife?

    • JoJo says:

      The “changing the locks” story is online from OK!, citing In Touch mag. Sounds questionable. How can she change the locks on a house that they own jointly?

      • hmmm says:

        House is probably part of the divorce settlement…we are finally seeing the final steps towards an announcement. Thank God!

      • J says:

        I still think not. That story is probably a joke.

    • Ash says:

      Jen’s PR will prob deny the locked out story to gossip cop. Not because it’s not true, because it probably is in some sense, but because it makes her look bad. Anything that makes her look bad gets denied. But I’ll bet she restricts/limits his access to the main house in some way. I don’t think he’s staying the guest house/family home period anymore, I think he’s at his place in the Beverly Hills Hotel and his gf is prob with him.

      • Diane says:

        How does it make her look bad? She’s transitioning to the next phase of being divorced. If she got the family home, then it isn’t his anymore and so unfettered and unannounced access should not be the norm. I’m sure it was dramatized by the tabloids when it was nothing but moving on normally. Good for her. Healthy.

  28. hmmm says:

    Just watched a clip of Ben’s HBO interview and agreed with most of posters on Facebook He was drunk. I understand that this was taped last night so that was either before or after dinner sighting.
    Might be the reason he was locked out…

  29. Gs says:

    This is probs crap. But a change from her usual bore…if it were true he probs wouldve come up with 10s to even it out. Why announce divorce if you don’t go thorough it though? Obviously nanny forced them out .no?

  30. JoJo says:

    And … the Gossip Cop denial is in, on time, as expected. No “changed locks” according to GC and Ben’s rep. What a mess. No comment on the Vartan story though. That is probably yet to come.

    And now there’s a new Radar story about all the “leaks” to the media. Looks like Gossip Cop is going to have its hands full today! 🙂

    • Diane says:

      The comment about her not expediting the divorce doesn’t make sense in light of Janes comment that everything is settled and he is filing this month.

      • JoJo says:

        Right, well Radar is questionable, and we don’t know anything about Jane or whether she’s legit. Her other predictions haven’t come true so far.

  31. Jets says:

    I watched Ben’s entire interview last night on AnyGivenWednedsday, the first part of the interview Ben was “normal” just talking about the ups and downs of his career, from Gigli to Batman pretty much, he does say “my wife” during the interview and gets a little emotional, at least that’s what I got from it, he didn’t cry or anything like that, just looked away when saying that he was so focused on getting his career back that he didn’t balance family well. That piece is not getting any airplay because it’s boring compared to his rant, but I don’t think he was drunk just really passionate about Tom Brady and pissed off. He did look weird though, like part of his face was paralyzed.

    • hmmm says:

      Sorry, we will have to agree to disagree…I too watched his interview and believe he was drunk and very very crude.

  32. wow says:

    He should give her his a$$ to kiss instead.

  33. J says:

    Just watched last night’s interview, the part before the rant, where he talks about his climb out of the lowest part of his career. Why is a man who has said for a year already that he is getting divorced, and who was supposedly separated for months before that, referring to “his wife” as in his wife now in an interview. He could have said “Jen was helpful” or “my then wife was helpful.” The media constantly refers to them as exes. Apparently Affleck does not see it that way. He speaks about her as his wife period. No divorce happening here. How many days before they put the rings back on?