Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck had a family Thanksgiving, she’ll spend XMas with BF


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Look at how mature Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are being! That’s been the narrative for years as their divorce dragged on, as Ben got sober-ish, fell off the wagon, and got sober again. That was also the narrative as he dated someone (arguably) too good for him and then went on to date a very young playboy model. We know who is driving that narrative and it’s not a bad thing. It is a bit transparent though. She’s also posting to Instagram dancing on her Hollywood star and celebrating Thanksgivings past. I’m not going to get into all that, but she made sure to stay in the press this long holiday weekend, through sourced articles in several outlets.

US: She’s spending the holidays with John Miller
They’re so in love! Jennifer Garner and boyfriend John Miller “are planning to spend the upcoming holidays together,” a source reveals… Although [she] will be with ex-husband Ben Affleck and their kids… on Thanksgiving Day, she’ll see [Miller] over the weekend. Then for Christmas [they] “are planning to go on a romantic getaway.

“The relationship continues to be extremely serious,” the source adds. “John is head over heels in love with Jennifer.” – From US

E!: She wants to spend the holidays with John
“Jen is also planning to spend time with John and would love to go away with him. She is spending more and more time with him and really enjoying getting to know him.”

The insider continued, “Jen and John want to be together and will do it as much as they can. They have already gone away a few times for quick getaways. He joined her for something work-related and they’ve also had the chance to go away without distractions.”

Their spending time with each other has apparently been “great for them and things are going very well.”

The source concluded, “She’s excited to have some down time over the holidays and to have someone new to spend time with.” – From E!

People: She spent Thanksgiving in Montana with Ben and their kids
“Jen, Ben and the kids were in Montana for Thanksgiving,” a Garner source tells PEOPLE.

“This was long planned,” the insider adds. “They always celebrate big holidays together as a family.”

“The family all spent Thanksgiving together and they all cooked.” – From People

People: Jen and Ben are “in a good place”
“Jen and Ben continue to work together to make their parenting as seamless as possible,” the source says. “They really like to do things as a family, be it outings, church, cooking or watching movies.”

“They have both had some ups and downs this year, and they seem to be in a good place,” the friend adds. – From People

[From US, E! and two stories on People]

I’m sure she’ll be with her kids on Christmas and go away with John during the holiday when the kids are with Ben. Jennifer Garner is that friend you used to think had potential, but who annoyed the everloving crap out of you after you spent time with her. When you run into her you make vague promises to plan something with no intention of ever doing that. It’s not that you dislike her, you just know you’d rather be watching Netflix than listening to her stories. She’ll listen to you just enough to make it seem like she cares, but she never remembers what’s going on with you or follows up. Especially now that she has a new boyfriend and doesn’t want to hang out as much. The minute he starts pulling away though she’ll call you for advice that she won’t consider. My advice to her she won’t consider is this: go away by yourself to an awesome spa, do some retail therapy and just be alone for a minute. Do not tell the press about it, just do it for you. Also, stop leaking these sourced stories they’re ridiculous.

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  1. mela says:

    I don’t understand this divorced but living together/spending all holidays together. Why even get divorced? Surely this guy will expect to spend Holidays together at some point once the kids meet. Are blended families passe?

    • LT says:

      I don’t get that either. I am pretty neutral towards my ex, but I don’t want to spend holidays with him and his new wife (though she’s totally fine). If our communication was good enough that we could spend days together in MT, we would have stayed married.

    • hannah says:

      They don’t live together.

  2. kristen says:

    Whatever happened to Shauna Sexton? Is she still thirst-trapping for Ben?

  3. Erinn says:

    I kind of love that sweatshirt and jeans. But I really hate her shoes – not specifically these ones, but her collection as a whole. I’m not saying I’m wearing insanely fashionable shoes at all times… I live in Birks from about April to October because I have tight tendons in my feet and they have support. I just find a lot of her shoe choices aren’t all that attractive. But at the same time – comfort and function really are the main important thing, and if that’s what she’s going for, that’s cool I guess. They’re just not my taste, and with her kind of budget, I’m sure she could find cuter shoes that are ridiculously comfy and practical. These ones she’s wearing really aren’t the worst though, and I alllmost like them.

    Part of our family had a divorce ( the kids are all adults now and a few years older than I am, so it happened ages ago) and they still did all the big holidays together. Both sets got remarried and the new spouses joined in without issue as well. They were both really great people though – just not meant to be together, and splitting was better for the kids. Especially when they both found partners that DID mesh in so well. But the older relatives ALWAYS invited everyone to the big holidays because luckily it wasn’t some horrible divorce – and they still adored the ex-husband, and he was super great about co-parenting and being involved. It was an incredibly lucky situation, and I know it’s not the case for the vast majority of people.

    So I look at how Jen and Ben are doing things, and I’m reminded of that. To me it’s not super weird I guess because it happened to my extended family.

    • Jess says:

      I came to say that very thing about her shoes, lol. She’ll wear the cutest clothes then tank her entire outfit with ugly shoes. It’s not like an occasional thing either, she ALWAYS wears hideous shoes!

    • Kate says:

      That’s nice they were able to do that. As a child of divorce, I think it’s so important that divorced parents at a minimum maintain positivity around each other in front of the kids. If they can come together as a family for big holidays that’s even better to help the kids feel like they are part of a family and less disjointed. I didn’t have the latter and I know most divorced couples don’t do that (unless maybe there’s more of a shift towards it now), but I think if both people can put their sh*t aside for a couple days a year, and can find new partners who understand that arrangement, that’s wonderful.

  4. Sarah says:

    I think there should be a minimum twelve month period of dating probation after a divorce is finalized. Take some time to be happily alone before diving back into a new potential disaster. 😛

  5. Ali says:

    I think she’s probably a really good friend IRL.

    • Esmom says:

      I tend to think so, too. She strikes me as the type of person you could count on when all the backstabby bitches turn their backs. I love CB but I thought her assessment was a little harsh, lol.

  6. anniefannie says:

    I think eventually they will blend if this sticks but I’m sure she wants to get the kids acclimated 1st. This is how I’d behave if my ex wasn’t such a possesive, controlling ahole….

  7. Elena says:

    I never like her jeans/socks/shoes combos. My feet feel hot looking at it.

  8. Jenfan says:

    Not sure why we had to hear about their holiday, how they are a good place, etc…is it because Jen was spotted alone this weekend and Ben and his mom were spotted with the kids? Also does it make sense that they were in Montana for Thanksgiving and were back in LA on Friday?

    • Mia4s says:

      We hear about it because she’s desperate to stay in the spotlight. I’m sorry but there is really no other explanation at this point. If she stopped feeding the press machine I think we’d all be stunned at how much privacy she could have. But, well, it’s clearly not what she wants. Plus it’s not like her acting projects are keeping anyone interested.

      Although Affleck’s a player in this. This is as much about safeguarding his image as hers. Again it’s why my only real sympathy is for the kids.

    • Carolnr says:

      Maybe the story that is “leaked” is not the true story but a story that sounds like a good, believeable story or only half the story.
      Also, no mention that John spent Thanksgiving with his children or even where he spent Thanksgiving…

  9. abbey says:

    Every time I see her all I can think is: the secret to success is sincerity, once you can fake that you’ve got it made.

  10. VeronicaLodge says:

    Montanan over here, hi! They have a place at the Yellowstone club as do Matt Damon, Justin Timberlake, etc. they don’t leave the lodge. It’s not a “small town down homesy” environment. It’s not that different from leaving their Beverly Hills compound except, snow! A random elk!

  11. Cidy says:

    I actually think shes fine. I think her Instagram videos are cute and she seems pretty sincere. I think we are so over saturated with the narrative that women are manipulative etc. That any exposure looks like it’s totally fake. Shes just kind of corny, but fine. I dont believe a lick about Ben being any better but I can see pushing the narrative because its embarassing to have your drunk ex husband giving you all types of bad press.

  12. Loca says:

    It seems they get get along better when Ben isn’t publicly dating someone. I’m sure Ben is still being Ben as always just on the down low until he gets caught. From the recent video this man looks truly unhappy around his kids and they didn’t seem very close. I could be wrong but my money says Jennifer controls the divorce ultimately on how she decides. It is time for them to have some space and let Ben and his mom have their own time with the kids. They are divorced after all.

  13. harry says:

    Her people are always running to the tabloids to give us every detail. Why? Is she this desperate for attention? She will never, ever be a better co-parent than Gwyneth Paltrow or Anna Faris. I don’t see Jen ever welcoming any girlfriend of Ben’s to her dinner table or doing activities together. She will have her head in the sand about his love life for the rest of her life.

  14. laura says:

    I find it very odd that they were allegedly at a luxurious vacation retreat for the holiday but were back in LA the next day. Why not stay and relax and enjoy “family time”? Why run back only to be papped shopping and dining? I wonder if Montana is just a fake story for whatever really transpired. Jen seems desperate to push this modern family agenda as much as possible, even if it’s all bunk.