US: Jennifer Garner is dating a businessman: ‘Jen brings out the best in John’

Do you know how I always say that US Magazine has been Jennifer Garner’s go-to outlet for years? They give her covers and she gives them scoops and insider quotes. That relationship continued even after American Media acquired them. Case in point – Jennifer got the cover for the reveal of her new relationship. She’s reportedly been dating a businessman for six months named John Miller, he’s a bigwig who is the CEO of a company called Caligroup. I found a YouTube video of him explaining his business, a screenshot of that is below. I didn’t understand all of it but they do technology innovations for the restaurant industry and they run a chain called Caliburger. (They developed facial recognition for people to login to their customer loyalty accounts and pay for stuff with their face. This sounds like Minority Report, right?) Anyway, John looks a lot like Michael Vartan, whom Garner dated for a year around 2004 and quickly moved on from to Ben Affleck. Here’s a screenshot of Miller from that video. He’s 40.


He’s very hot and he sounds smart but I’m still creeped out by his business. Also, because these quotes in US are from Garner’s side they focus on what she’s doing for him instead of what she gets out of the relationship or how happy they are to have found one another. No girl, get yours. Stop.

“They’ve been together six months — and it’s getting pretty serious,” one insider says. A second source tells Us, “Jen brings out the best in John, and he is the happiest he has probably ever been. It’s a loving, healthy relationship.”

Miller, 40, is the CEO of CaliGroup, a company that owns Miso Robotics and a chain of about 50 CaliBurger restaurants. Like Garner, he was previously married.

Us Weekly broke the news earlier this month that the Alias alum, 46, had started dating someone new. “She’s ready to start the next phase of her life,” a source said at the time.

[From US Magazine]

I want to know how they met, which US may parcel out into another story. Again, read the angle of the quotes. Garner is focused on Miller and what she does for him. She’s such a giver. Just date and chill and don’t worry if the guy is satisfied or if he’s his best self or whatever. I understand wanting to see if you’re on solid footing in a new relationship, but it should be mutual and you should make sure your needs are met too. This is exciting though. How long do you think it will take her to do a pap stroll with this new guy? I’m thinking 2-3 days. My God he is hot.




Garner is shown on Saturday with Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied at the “Benjamin Millepied & L.A. Dance Project Annual Gala.” I can’t believe Natalie and Benjamin are still together. Garner loves ballet and she’s geeking out here. Photo credit: WENN

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  1. Astrid says:

    No bueno, the running shoes!

    • Birdix says:

      Agreed, sartorially. But he’s a choreographer of a small dance company and that was his event, so he probably was running around a lot. Looked like a cool hipster dance version of Romeo & Juliet.

  2. xdanix says:

    You know, I’m a little sad at that quote. Jennifer does seem like a pretty awesome person, and I have no doubt she DOES bring out the best in people. She spent years doing it (or trying to) for her ex. But when does she get to be with someone who does the same for her? I hope this guy does that for her.

    • susiecue says:

      Aww. That’s a good point!

    • Erinn says:

      Same. And I hope it’s not effort on her part to bring out his best. That she just inspires it, I guess. I want her to be happy.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      I find it sad too. People who constantly have it said how good they are for and to others … it can be another way of reinforcing their superiority. It can be controlling. And it’s very hard to challenge. We know Ben Affleck needs to ‘work on himself’ and while he is accountable for his terrible behavior, I hope she also has gained some insight into her own penchant for rescue. If someone was never so happy until you walked into their life…well, I’d want to know they were happy without me, not happy because of me. I’d want them to be happier with me, of course, but starting from a healthy baseline. Does this guy also bring out the best in her? Let’s hear more about that.

  3. eto says:

    Not seeing the hotness…something about his mouth is unsettling to me.

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      Me neither. And the face recognition thingy would have killed whatever hotness anyway. I work in IT and I am telling you, this stuff is really scary and very dangerous.

      • Queenb says:

        Its crazy how widespread it already is. When you read about regimes trying to filter gay people out of crowds based on facial recogntion I think everyone dealing in that should be seen with the utmost suspicion. As if you need that to buy a damn burger. What are they doing with all that data?

      • Boodiba says:

        I watched a terrifying 30min video about the extent of it in china. It’s unbelievable.

    • Wasabi says:

      He doesn’t have lips.

    • Pandy says:

      He reminds me of Gerard Butler. And I wonder if, due to the slant of the story, HE leaked it to US?

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, Butler is who I see, too. I could see at first glance the comparison to Vartan, though, mostly because of his hair, I think.

      • Christin says:

        Just like Esmom – I saw Vartan at first, but could not figure out the other resemblance. Definitely Butler.

        This guy better like attention, because he’s now officially entered the mega-publicity zone. Then again, maybe that’s what he wants.

    • mcmill says:

      Yeah, he seems as vanilla as she.

  4. Mia4s says:

    Holy s**t does he ever look like Michael Vartan!! Uhhhhh. 🤨

    Well the blind items were right I guess. She’s a hell of a PR manipulator, I’ll give her that. I hope she doesn’t marry him anytime soon though; She needs a loooooooong self-examination on why she enabled and tolerated Affleck for so long.

    • Marlene says:

      Lol, I also thought it was Vartan in the “link-photo” on the main page.

    • Lori says:

      What’s to examine, she did it for their kids.

      • Heather says:

        She clearly didn’t do it for the kids. Enabling him, being super controlling and preventing him from reaching rock bottom and having to take responsibility and make his own decisions is not healthy for anyone. If she had the kids’ best interests at heart she would have divorced him and put proper boundaries up, eg protecting the kids from the press, and protecting the kids from him where necessary. Clinging to the marriage and pimping the kids to the press, exploiting Ben’s disease to promote her own image, is incredibly manipulative and co-dependent.

      • meme says:

        She had a lot of nerve banning his girlfriend Shookus from meeting the kids when it is clear now that both of them had moved onto serious relationships with other people.

        I think even though she was dating this guy, a part of her didn’t want to let go of Ben and she held onto him till the very last second didn’t she? Even while dating another man, she still had a hard time letting Ben live his own life without her. Old habits die hard

      • osito says:

        @Heather. The only real argument that I have with your comment is the one about “allowing” an addict/alcoholic to hit rock bottom. That’s an old school way of thinking about addiction as a morality issue, rather than a neurological disorder issue. Point being that “rock bottom” may include the death of someone suffering from an illness (mental or physiological has yet to be determined), though we rally around people suffering from things like cancer and degenerative disorders and various mental health disorders. When we look at addiction from the same lens as we’d look at a person suffering from something like dementia, “rock bottom” becomes a really inhumane construct very quickly.

  5. rabbitgirl says:

    I honestly don’t care if he cleaned up poop at a zoo, she really deserves some happiness after having to endure the Ben train wreck for the last decade. Go Jen.

    • Mela says:

      I agree. GO Girl! Get some lovin!

      Her ex was a human dumpster fire, she deserves to be in a normal relationship. Im Sure they bond over being ceo’s/founders of their own businesses. I think he looks healthy and hot. I wonder if Ben will have a relaspe This week once he reads the news. Bet he never thought she would move on.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree, I’m happy for her.

      I always suspected she was dating someone on the down low. Just a random hunch based on nothing, of course! 🙂

    • kosmos says:

      YES…..I”m overjoyed that Ben is out of her life, finally…..maybe he was never right for her, or maybe it was good for a while, but she clearly deserves a stable guy who will earn her love. She’s adorable in so many ways and I just want to see her happy with the right man. But they should take their time and time will tell if they are meant for each other.

  6. Amelie says:

    He really does look like he could be Michael Vartan’s brother, it’s kind of eerie.

  7. Kim says:

    I hope he isn’t using her to gain exposure….

  8. perplexed says:

    I don’t know if he’s hot but he looks dependable and stable.

    It’s funny how he’s referred to as a “regular Joe” though — he’s a CEO.

    Anyone who has either dated or been married to Affleck seems to have found love afterwards with someone who appears to be his complete opposite and who they are somewhat passionate about (at least for some time — I’m sure Gwyneth once upon a time didn’t think of Chris Martin as her brother) whereas Ben seems to ….flounder a lot. Maybe he should just overwork and stop with everything else.

    • Queenb says:

      “I don’t know if he’s hot but he looks dependable and stable.!”

      oh my god that KILLED me. Thats the best way to call someone ugly.

  9. Maddy says:

    Good for her! Hopefully she has found the love and happiness she deserves after putting up with her ex for far too long.

  10. Originaltessa says:

    Speaking of Ben. For a while there we were getting daily updates. Haven’t seen or heard about him in a few weeks it seems. Wonder what’s up?

    • xdanix says:

      He’s filming a new movie, I believe. There were pictures of him on set there recently. While I hope working and being in a somewhat stable routine with that might be good for him, I do wonder at the part- it’s either someone struggling with alcoholism or a recovering alcoholic or something like that. Either way, very close to home for Ben. I hope it doesn’t interfere with what already looks (to me) like the rather shaky ground he’s on.

  11. Cay says:

    Not to be too particular, but Jennifer Garner has been married twice before. The way it is stated in the US article makes it sound like she was only married to Ben Affleck. Let’s not forget that she was married to Scott Foley before BA.

  12. Carolnr says:

    The article states that they have been dating for 6 months. ( That is like 2 yrs. in Hollywood Life, lol!) Wasn’t Ben dating Lindsay for 6 mos. after he & Jen just filed for divorce? IMO, they have probably been dating longer..
    But seriously, good for her…but girl use better adjectives to describe this new man not just “dependable” & “stable”, (which Affleck apparently wasn’t) Hot, Handsome, & Sexy is a good start!
    And this man needs to bring out Jennifer Garner , as well!

  13. What a hypocrite! Regular Joe has already met the kids. Jennifer refused to let the kids meet Lindsey. Regular is plain (vanilla). I’m not impressed.

    • Would you want your kids to be around someone your husband had a longtime affair with even if you were divorced? Your alcoholic, drug addicted ex and the woman he drinks with? I doubt that, not unless he got clean and they actually got married. It matters who it is, especially with Ben’s track record it was likely they wouldn’t last, he was never well during that time.

      I agree, new guy is not impressive. Lol

  14. The Voice says:

    Decent looking guy but he has no lips which creeps me out. I think the technology is cutting edge and we’ll see more of it in the years to come. People have a visceral reaction to it now bc it feels like it infringes on your privacy but Amazon knows everything about you and yet we’re mostly okay with it. Give it time and soon you’ll be happy you no longer have to pull out your wallet to pay for things. Remember when people flipped out about having their location tracked? Now it’s so common that you don’t even think about it. If it’s contextually relevant and it provides value, you’re okay with it.

    • Menu reader says:

      I won’t be opting in for it. Too many ways this type of tech can be abused. They only want to use facial recognition because they can track your purchase history in so many more ways, with super in-depth metrics. Some of these companies will be selling your data to third-parties and you probably won’t know you’ve agreed unless you scroll right down to section 20,000 in the fine print. Whipping out your phone or purse or card to pay for something at the auto checkout will never be an inconvenience and it doesn’t cost the busniess any extra labour time as it’s an auto checkout. Also Amazon has a contract with the Pentagon, and I believe Google pulled out of a similar defense contract because too many employees protested. All this stuff isn’t a matter of tech upping convenience but just to feed a data-hungry business system.

  15. Truth hurts says:

    At least she waited until her divorce was finalized finally.

  16. BorderMollie says:

    If you’d asked me to describe the guy she’d date first after the divorce, this dude is exactly what I pictured. Bland, white bread, rich.

  17. Meg says:

    ‘they focus on what she’s doing for him instead of what she gets out of the relationship’
    Exactly-garner is always justifying validating her worth-she clearly feels the need to.

  18. Carolnr says:

    E News is reporting that his daughter is also named Violet!
    People is saying that he has not met Jen’s kids But dont you think that the fact Jen has now made it public that she is dating this CEO , he has probably met her children?

  19. TheOtherSam says:

    Well that explains the multiple family-friendly solo pap walks that Ben has done recently, picking the kids up, doing things with them. Must not look like the broken-down, addicted, lazy dad he probably is in reality. Not with this guy making the scene.

    Stanford Law grad no less. Get it Jen!

  20. Helen says:

    Extremely creepy business. Plus, his business is all about automating fast food chains, putting so many (so-called low-skill) people out of work. It’s immoral tbh and yet he seems so proud of it.

    With her choice of borderline racist “Peppermint” as a starring vehicle and picking a guy like this (and Ben!),, something is off with Jennifer’s judgement.

  21. Helen says:

    let’s be real, would Jen ever date a working or middle-class latino or black dude hell to the no no no 🙂

  22. Amelie says:

    People Magazine has confirmed it so it’s true I guess. I’m not surprised she was already dating someone and she probably has been for some time, even before the ridiculous “Jen is dating around but not serious about anyone” statement that came out awhile ago. She wouldn’t have approved this if she weren’t serious about the guy. And as much as I have a soft spot for Jennifer due to Alias, she is a serial monogamist. She hooked up with Michael Vartan when she had barely announced her separation from Scott Foley. Less than month later after her breakup with Michael Vartan, she was dating Ben Affleck. I was actually very suspicious of reports she was still single after all this time. I get there are kids now but a tiger doesn’t change its stripes. She’s the kind of person who always needs to be in a relationship but with all of Ben Affleck’s rehab/Shana Sexton drama she probably wanted to wait awhile before announcing it. Good for her, hopefully this treats her well and doesn’t need any saving.

  23. meme says:

    HAHA he is still legally married himself. Him and his wife have been separated since 2014 and their divorce is NOT finalized. I’m really shocked she let this come out while he is still legally married – looks really really bad.

    His ex wife is stunning herself. Drop dead gorgeous Stanford education, concert violinist.

  24. Menu reader says:

    I don’t like Jennifer. I find her disingenuous on the whole and her 24/7 happy face is getting creepy. Mostly she uses her kids for pap walks nonstop and never has any criticism for it, and the way she constantly leaked to stay in the news as the saint in the relationship when Ben was up to no good. Also, what was with using a bible confront Ben during the intervention? She’s bought into a baby food line, joined IG, and is shilling herself hard to get the brand to unicorn status. They’re all into side hustles these days, a la Jessica Alba, GP, Reese, etc. How the heck did Blake Lively fail at this? She snapped her fingers and got a Vogue cover to launch Preserve just like that but still shut down her site.

  25. Heather says:

    It’s so nice of Garner to ensure that Ordinary Random Joe is being kept informed of his own emotional state by the tabloids.

    It must be utterly exhausting to be that thirsty for attention all the time.

    • LadyLiz says:

      Totally agree! Calling it now – this won’t end well for her. What “average” highly educated man would want this kind of cheesy tabloid attention? Can you imagine what his children must think? Happiest he’s ever been? Gimme a break, JG! Ditto upthread comment that she’s getting creepy. She just shot herself in the foot.

      • perplexed says:

        Apparently he’s a law school graduate like Amal. From the number of lawyers I’ve seen on The Bachelor, maybe lawyers like this kind of attention.

        She probably consulted him about the roll-out.

  26. TheOriginalMia says:

    Yes, girl! Have fun. Have sex. Doesn’t have to go beyond that.

  27. Who ARE These People? says:

    I find it sad too. She seems to be persistently pointing out how great she is for other people. It’s just another way of being superior. It’s also hard to confront or challenge.

  28. Cc says:

    Oh god he looks like the poor man’s Michael Vartan.