People: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner one year after filing for divorce

People Magazine ran a story Friday with an update on Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s divorce on the one year anniversary of their filing. Given how many quotes People has, I assume that the publicists are still pushing the same tired narrative. It’s not like People remembered the date and pressed them for quotes. There are some minor updates in that we’re hearing that the divorce is “progressing,” but of course it’s not finalized yet or there would be multiple stories about it. People has quotes about Ben and Jen’s relationship (cordial) and about his relationship with Lindsay (they work hard to balance family, work and Ben’s sidepieces). There are also updates about the house that Ben wants to buy which we heard about last week. Apparently the purchase is not finalized yet as we reported based on X17′s story. Here’s the story from People. I cut out some quotes which sound familiar about their trip to Hawaii.

The divorce isn’t yet finalized but is progressing, sources have said, as the two have been in mediation with leading L.A. divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to settle privately…

“They’re doing well, and are both committed to providing a supportive environment for their kids,” a source close to Affleck tells PEOPLE. “They continue to remain cordial to one another. There is a lot of love and respect there…”

When filming breaks allow, the actor, 45, visits the kids at home in Los Angeles. “He’s found a really good routine,” an insider said. “He’s in a great place, enjoying his work on the new film and being able to fly back to spend time with the family during downtime.”

“Ben is in a very committed relationship with Lindsey [sic] Shookus and they too work hard to balance time between work, friends and their families,” says the source close to Affleck…

“As long as Ben keeps working on himself, Jen is happy,” another insider said. “She will continue to support him because it benefits the kids.”

The actor is looking to buy a home, listed for $19.2 million, near Garner in Los Angeles…

“Ben is looking to buy a family friendly house,” a source previously told PEOPLE in October 2017. “Lindsay shared her opinions, but it was clear that they are not buying a house together.”

[From People]

Lindsay isn’t buying a house with Ben because he’s the one with all the money. I’m sure she’s rich by a lot of people’s standards, but not multi-millionaire rich. Also, read between the lines on that quote about Jen supporting Ben as long as he “keeps working on himself.” That means as long as Ben stays sober, right? Also Ben is in a “very committed relationship” with Lindsay. As opposed to his relationship whe he was married, right?

Here are Ben and Jen with their kids at church on Sunday.


Photos credit: Backgrid and Pacific Coast News

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  1. Lala says:

    I remember asking my Mama why after she separated from Father why she was hell bent on getting a divorce so fast…and she told me…”I didn’t want my daughters to think that staying in a toxic relationship was a viable option for you..”


    • Who ARE These People? says:

      That was a wonderful thing for her to say to you.

    • NoShame says:

      It’s only been a year? Jesus. It seems like so many more. I know there is a lot of love for Garner on this site, but she seems like she has milked the PR hell out of this “marriage” and “divorce” for far too long.

      If she really was the strong woman everyone makes her out to be she’d have divorced his a$$ long ago and moved on with her life. She doesn’t seem like she’s done that…AT ALL. She seems like a pathetic doormat who is still waiting around for something while he is the one who looks like he’s moved on, despite his many, many, many faults and general awfulness. How sad is that?

      • Honey says:

        With a lot of money and kids on the line these things take time. I was a paralegal for a divorce lawyer in California and I can tell you that California in general makes it a drawn out process. Even without money and children involved, it can still take a year! Mostly because the court works slow because it is so busy.

      • NoShame says:

        @Honey. Maybe that’s true, but they don’t take THREE FRIGGIN YEARS, which is what we’re really talking about here. One year since they filed, plus the two years of separation before they filed.

    • Domino says:

      Your mom <3

  2. Amelie says:

    At this point I don’t really care about the state of their marriage/divorce. Weren’t they separated for two years before they finally filed? As much as I like Jennifer I feel the dragging of the feet is definitely coming from her side. I feel like she keeps hoping for Ben to wake up and decide not to divorce, that’s how hung up she is on him. This has been an unhealthy process for everyone all around.

    • JoJo says:

      x17 has video of them at Sam’s baseball game this weekend – after church, I think? They’re all lounging cozily on a picnic blanket, and at one point, Jen is apparently struggling to walk up an extremely not-steep incline near their blanket, and Ben offers his hand and pulls her up, as he lays on the ground. Riding in the same car to church, going to baseball games and then apparently Sera’s soccer game the next day. Sure, “co-parenting” but I’d be mighty confused if my parents acted like this during their split.

      My parents were extremely amicable, but I can honestly say, after the first 6 months/year, they stopped doing things together with us for the most part (except for true milestone occasions), and I personally was relieved.

      • LT says:

        No kidding. Amicable, yes. Basically maintaining the pretense of a nuclear family? NO.

      • mannori says:

        I’ve seen the video and is not that he volunteers to help her, he couldn’t care less to be a gentleman as you are putting it, and he even looks upset by it and doesn’t even looks at her. She’s the one who asks for his help to climb the hill, and she knows how that scene would read on still photos knowing of course the paps are documenting every move, but the video at x17 tells the whole, sad story: he barely can stand being around her. Both videos you mention are titled making a reference on how miserable he looks and they’re not wrong, is easy to see that the guy is not in the good place his and Garner’s PR people wants us to believe. Go watch the videos at X17 and you’ll see it for yourselves.

      • Domino says:

        If you look at Jen’s face she looks like her godchild is graduating, and Ben looks like he is at a funeral.

      • JoJo says:

        Oh, in the video I saw, they were at a distance, and Ben’s back was to the cameras, so I couldn’t see their faces. I could only see Jen acting like she was struggling to walk up a barely noticeable incline and then him reaching up to help her. I just find the amount of sustained togetherness really strange. I know people say she’s moved on. Maybe she has, but it would not surprise me in the least if she hasn’t. I’ve been saying for the last three years that she’ll play the long game. And for his part, well, I don’t think he truly wants back into the marriage, but he sees the career benefits of playing the devoted husband/family man – even though no one else believes it at this point.

    • Svea says:

      Yup. It feels like Jen knows her publicity will go way down once the divorce is final so she is stalling while she reestablishes her own career and media presence. Long-suffering wife only works so long. But I guess he owes her that. Her publicity savvy really helped him in is directing the career. And he’s the one who seemingly wanted out.

      • NoShame says:

        I totally agree. Garner will literally cease to exist in the media once their divorce is finalized.

      • mannori says:

        nothing of all this PR stunts to reposition her career would be necessary if had the courage and the willingness on relying exclusively on her talent as an actress big or small that said talent might be (is small) but the truth is that that would be the long road, painful and difficult and instead is easier to use social media, take advantage of her mini van credit, and rely on lame tactics as pap strolls and a baby food side project, which obviously pleases her aiming demographics. she doesn’t have not one inch of the talent other women that in her same position went through: Nicole Kidman, Robin Wright, even Reese Witherspoon to name someone with not real thespian talent but a dignified iron will. Garner instead keeps name dropping Affleck and all sounds so lame and pathetic that almost matches her ex husband’s sad stunts.

      • minx says:

        She’s worn out her welcome as the long-suffering wife IMO. She has enough money to live comfortably for the rest of her life, and she has enough connections to prop up some kind of career. She might not be going to A List functions anymore, that’s life.

    • mela says:

      yeah she is the one who reaches to him for help. he just looks really bored.

      i think if she had her own man things would probably be different between them.

      i dont know. they still act kinda married i think. i dont get them at all.

      • SaltyAF says:

        @mela- GOD no! The last thing Jen needs is a man. and tired of ‘needs a man to fix whatever deep seated emotional need’

        I firmly believe that any person can only be in a good relationship if they’re good at being alone first. Jen is clearly not one of those people.

  3. Jussie says:

    How are they still not divorced? They were separated for 2 years, and their separation announcement clearly said they were divorcing (so it wasn’t just a trial separation that eventually turned into divorce, they actually properly separated). They’ve had 3 whole years to hash out the details. There’s no reason this should be a dragged out divorce.

    • Shirurusu says:

      I don’t get it either. My sister actually did this with her ex, they separated and started divorce proceedings, she moved on with her life, has a new boyfriend etc, and still four years later she is still married to her ex. If it was me I would so want to just be done with it and move on. No kids either in her case, she just doesn’t want to deal with it i think. I could not keep it hanging like that it would drive me nuts.

  4. Lis says:

    beating a dead horse much?

  5. Saras says:


  6. Cheshiresmile says:

    Why does a beautiful lady like Jen have to wear the fugliest clothes in her daily life (red carpet she can be a knock-out.). Look at her shoes. I’m no stylist, but a cute pair of flats and a dress that doesn’t cut her in half like that ensemble would be so much better. It’s almost like she’s trying to look awkward when she’s with Ben.

    • minx says:

      I just don’t get her.

      • Bahare says:

        How does his girlfriend who is in a “committed relationship” with him feel about the nanny ? I don’t know how they define committed but how does a bright and seemingly intelligent woman think she is the one who is different.Even with George and Amal it was more about him than about meeting “the one”.no matter what he says.

        I can’t help but feel like Jen is “waiting him out”. Absolutely would go for another round.

      • NoShame says:

        Other than Alias, I’ve never understood the love for her. She seems like the most boring and prissy woman on earth.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      I just want her to switch to a colour scheme that suits her warm autumn colouring. If she had the same clothes at least in different shades that suited her, it might help. These fight her.

      That’s all.

  7. klc says:

    Did the Pilgrim call the police when Jen stole his shoes?

  8. iris says:

    This marriage was the only thing keeping her relevant for the last 15 years. Now it’s the divorce that’s keeping her relevant. What a life to lead, no real talent and just using the ex and the kids as pawns for press.

  9. Anguishedcorn says:

    Good God, her shoes. It causes me physical pain.

  10. JoJo says:

    Those Radar pics though. Forget that it’s Radar, but what the pics show seems a bit too cozy for “co-parenting.” Pathetic people.

    • Jenfan says:

      Agree it looks too cozy. It’s interesting which outlet publishes which photos. I’m just learning a lot about PR. Now people mag has a post about her low-key kid friendly birthday party yesterday. Specifically pointing out that Ben was not there even though he was in LA.

      I don’t know what to make out of all this – it seems they had a packed weekend together with their family. Baseball game Saturday, church (same car) and sera’s soccer game Sunday. They are both filming now, perhaps they just want to spend max time with the kids on the weekend. Clearly they have no issue hanging out together.

  11. Riley says:

    Really ugly shoes Jen……………………………….that’s all!

  12. Pajala says:

    My teen wanted to see ‘Love, Simon’ and Jennifer’s face is so heavily Botoxed that with her angular features she truly looked like an alien in that movie – or some sort of raptosaurus rex.

  13. Pajala says:

    ….and as for her clothes, it looks like Sears had a sidewalk sale.