Ben Affleck’s daughter put a cutout of Ana de Armas on Ben’s lawn, how did that happen?

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These are photos of a giant cutout of Ana de Armas on Ben Affleck’s lawn on Friday. One of Ben’s daughters, I assume Violet, was seen putting it out there. Photo agency Backgrid reports “Witnesses in the area said one of Ben’s daughters placed the cut out board outside and ran back inside the house quickly.” How embarrassing must that have been for her? That thing was definitely made professionally. That’s not something you whip up on even a large format printer at home. There had to be so much planning involved in getting that thing made. Chances are high this was Ana’s idea. Does this indicate a level of self-awareness on her part, is it super thirsty or both? Also, if I was Ben’s ex I would be side-eyeing the hell out of this, especially if it was all over the news that one of my kids was tasked with placing it. (People is reporting that his kids, plural, put it out there, but that’s not what the photo agency wrote.)

Meanwhile Ben, Ana and Violet were also seen shopping at Whole Foods together on Friday. Look at how happy Anna looks while she’s looking at Ben filming the paparazzi. Violet looks like she is mortified. As the parent of a teenager, she’s doing admirably.
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Later that day Ben, Matt Damon and all their kids took flowers with them to attend a memorial for Breonna Taylor, on what would have been Breonna’s 27th birthday. (We don’t have those photos but you can see them at the link on Just Jared below.) Breonna was murdered on March 13, 2020 by police in Louisville who forced their way into her home and shot her while they were executing a no-knock warrant. The officers have been placed on administrative leave and have so far faced no charges. Louisville police were supposed to have their body cams turned on after that, but of course they didn’t have them on when David McAtee was murdered while serving barbecue in an area near a protest. Breonna’s law, which limits no-knock warrants in Louisville, was passed on her birthday.

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photos credit: Backgrid

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  1. Darla says:

    I honestly don’t know what this isht is, but I like that Ben has been to two BLM events in the past week. I mean, white movie stars are not exactly overflowing at these things. Performative, eh, whatever. I appreciate it. When someone is trying to do better, I try and give them some room. That’s how I am in my personal life anyway. But I don’t tell anyone else what to do or how to feel.

    • Anilehcim says:

      This was my takeaway, too. I’m glad to see them involved. This is an important, necessary thing to expose your privileged white children to. I’m here for it.

    • Yati says:

      Sure. But he’s an influential producer, director and actor. He can start making moves behind the scenes by casting Black actors and actresses or pushing for black centered stories. Let’s let his actions show us.

      • Darla says:

        Yep, he can and he should. I hope he will. We’ll see.

      • mimi says:

        NO, he won’t be doing that. We already saw how he and Matt shut down any suggestion that they don’t already know how this diversity thing works.

    • Lkaye says:

      Maybe people aren’t going because they don’t want to get coronavirus?

    • clomo says:

      He’s in that honeymoon period of a romance right now. He tries to fight the dog in him as he does seem to have some morals. He is a source of amusement to me, an interesting case study.

  2. DT says:

    I am honestly very confused at what the point of the cutout is and why they did this…**insert Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig “whhaattt is happening?!” gif**

  3. Léna says:

    I think one of Ben’s daughter was seen playing with the cutboard and real life Ana some days ago. Maybe some inside joke, the kids wanted to make fun of her and she went along with it

  4. Lala11_7 says:

    It seems as though the kids like her…which is good…and they’re TROLLING TF out of us…WHICH IS GREAT!

    • milliemollie says:

      Are you sure the kids are not trolling Ana?!:D

      The cutout would have been funny if it wouldn’t be so obvious that Benana are calling the paps themselves.

      • Lala11_7 says:

        I think if the kids had issues with Ana…Jennifer wouldn’t let them be around her like they have been…so no…I don’t think they’re trolling her

  5. lemon8 says:

    I feel like it might be some kind of inside joke. My siblings and I did weird stuff like that and probably would have thought it was hilarious when we were younger. Also, I think it’s great he’s attending the BLM events. It’s an important lesson for his kids.

  6. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    I saw this story about the cutout on People and did not get it, still don’t. Why would she/they do this? Unless someone was trying to embarrass her? It’s super cringey.

    • Kebbie says:

      It was described as a prank on Ben which makes no sense to me. A prank on Ben would be a dorky or embarrassing cutout of him. How is it a prank to put a cutout of his young beautiful girlfriend posing like a model on his lawn? This just looks like bizarre self-promotion on her part. But the kids seemed to find it funny, so there’s that.

  7. Martina says:

    Why do situations with these two always seem to happen out the front of his mansion? In essentially a paparazzi parking lot.

    • Greta says:

      That’s my thing with them. Hey it’s great that Ben and Ana are happy, it’s excellent that she’s met his kids and everyone seems to get along, I wish them well. But why does every little thing with them have to be documented by paps? It’s ridiculous and has been for months. They know Ben’s house is a pap parking lot as you say, so why are they now exposing his kids to the ridiculousness too, when surely some things can be kept inside? This includes Jennifer Garner too.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        maybe being documented by paps is helping him stay sober? No idea, just a fleeting thought….

    • Mia4s says:

      “ Why do situations with these two always seem to happen out the front of his mansion?”

      I know right? Apparently mansions in LA have smaller backyards than townhouses in the middle of NYC. Oh noes, their privacy! 🙄

    • Meg says:

      Remember when matt complained people in the midwest just need to know what jennifer garner is doing everyday so she gets lots of paps following her? Yeah because us Midwesterners are idiots with nothing better to do right? Its not like ben and jen parade themselves and their kids in front of the paps right in front of their homes for attention playing happy family for positive press that benefits them. Give me a break.

  8. Lisa says:

    Probably some inside joke.

    • Erinn says:

      I find it amusing, personally. It sounds like she’s making an effort to make a good impression on the kids, and if they’re joking around and acting silly, that sounds like a good thing to me.
      🤷

  9. Tiffany says:

    Ben with his phone out recording the paps is sooooooo precious.

    • Theo says:

      Haha. It’s funny. Maybe he wants to see who is taking the photos to pay him! Violet is so tall and beautiful and she seems to be a normal girl not a daughter of a multimillionaire moviestar. I think her mom raised her well. As for Ana, I don’t know why she is with BA but she looks like the nanny here.

      • Evil Owl says:

        That’s not a very nice thing to say, Theo about Ana looking like the nanny. As a POC hanging out with my white friends and their kids at the park, I have sometimes been asked if I’m the nanny. The assumption always makes me bristle.

      • Meg says:

        Arent most paps ex cons? Would you want an ex con knowing where you live right out front of your house?

      • MissM says:

        Evil Owl did I miss something? Ana is white. She looks like the nanny because she looks 21, too old to be Ben’s child but not mature looking enough to assume that shes the girlfriend and she certainly doesnt look old enough to be Violets mother.

      • Evil Owl says:

        @MISSM: Isn’t Ana Hispanic? I know at least one of her parents is Cuban. Never pegged her as white although she is very light skinned. Apologies if I misread that comment. In any case, she is 32 years old. Even if she does look much younger, it probably would have been more polite to say she looks like his niece rather than the nanny. Maybe it’s just a personal pet peeve for me because of my experiences.

      • Diplomanatee says:

        Lol, Americans discover Hispanics can be white.

      • tcbc says:

        Ben is sleeping with her, which is another way she’s like his children’s nanny.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        @tcbc ….. Oh, SNAP!! LOL

    • lucy2 says:

      Right? He’s been all about them for weeks, NOW he’s going to pretend it’s a problem? Please.

    • a says:

      They were photographing them inside the grocery store which isn’t allowed

  10. Mumbles says:

    Kids are resourceful but for this to happen, an adult needs to get involved. If it was Ben or Ana who helped, it seems very un-self-aware, the world is snickering at their thirstiness. If it’s Jen, it seems like it could be hostile, and I don’t think she would go along with it.

  11. Jess says:

    Cynical me see’s this whole thing as being performative for the last few months. No doubt another way to get some media coverage on the happy family vibe. Dragging the kids into the spotlight is just ick.

    • Theo says:

      Agree. Leave the kids out of this circus. They deserve some privacy. He is with Ana for three months maybe and he is an addict. He is desperate to show people that he is stable again but he moves quickly . Six months ago he was with another girlfriend and he was drinking and gambling.

      • a says:

        He was photographed on a date with someone else last October and started working with Ana in November. By January, people on twitter saw them on dates in New Orleans so they’ve been dating for around 6 months now.

      • Jess says:

        @a not sure they were spotted on dates, one guy on twitter heard him speaking Spanish. No pics of them together prior to Cuba as far as I’m aware which seems farfetched seeing as they’ve been out every other day for 3 months.

      • Barb says:

        They do deserve privacy but they aren’t going to get it as long as both parents insist on living in a pap zone. Doesn’t matter if Ana is in the pic or not. These kids have been photographed their entire lives.

      • Leigh says:

        Ok Ana LOL 6 whole entire whopping MONTHS y’all.

  12. Michael says:

    Ben and Jennifer (mostly Jennifer) seem to be doing a good job with their kids. They seem happy and we’ll adjusted. As for Ana, I believe she is milking the relationship for all it is worth and I don’t blame her. It is probably not going to last too long and she is still climbing in Hollywood so.., Go for it while you can.

    • milliemollie says:

      But has Ana landed new jobs since the beginning of Benana? Studios are still casting via Zoom and I haven’t seen her name attached to a new project. It looks like she’s using her new tabloid fame for free clothes and jewelry and not movie parts.

      • celine says:

        People seem to be inordinately concerned about the state of Ana’s career. Well, it’s fake concern, isn’t it? Most seem to be clinging to the idea that it’s somehow over (it’s not, lol). She’ll be fine, she’s a good actress and she’ll continue to book jobs. Perhaps she is taking a planned break and focusing on her personal life atm. It’s not unheard of. Despite the fact that she looks a decade younger, she IS 32 and the clock is ticking. If she wants kids of her own she has to start getting serious about it. I wouldn’t let it keep you up at night, the world has much bigger problems than this.

      • Lola says:

        Lol, im sure that no one loses sleep because of them. I hope for Ana’s sake that she doesn’t tie herself forever to Affleck with a baby after only dating a few months. And so what, she’s only 32, “her clock” Isn’t ticking yet.
        Ana seemed like she wanted to get bigger roles and said that she admires actors who keep their private life private and wanted to stay in Cuba, but the reality looks now different. I used to really like her, but now I’m just annoyed every time i see het face.
        And i could never stand ben and jen because of their constant pap walks with their kids. But at least ana seems to fit right in, so good for them.

      • NextToMe says:

        Damn Celine, I thought my comment below was rude, but yours takes the cake! Wait, are you Ana de Armas?

  13. MellyMel says:

    An inside joke, perhaps? Either way I’m still enjoying this nonsense and if his kids like and get along with her, that’s a good thing really.

  14. NextToMe says:

    Is it me or is Ana getting quarantine fat? She’s hungry for the paparazzi and they’re feeding her all the attention she wants to consume.

    • Kebbie says:

      Lol my knee jerk reaction was “what is wrong with you? Let’s see your body!” Then I read the rest of your comment 😅

  15. a says:

    The children look happy with Ana in the photos of them playing outside Ben’s. Doesn’t seem to be the awkwardness you might expect, which is good.

    • jenner says:

      @A, you certainly out a lot of effort in every post on them to defend them. Anything else you want to share?

  16. ItBeginsWithQ says:

    Their kids are probably the most photographed kids in the world. I mean, it’s prolific. And it happened waaaay before Ana de Armas was ever a thing. Most people are just noticing it because now that Ana is in the picture there’s a reason to write about it. Versus Ben and Jen picking up their kids from school, which no one really cares about. Nobody has used People magazine like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to create narratives about themselves. It’s ridiculous to blame Ana for this. They’ve been photographed daily before Ana and will be photographed after her. Is she thirsty? Of course. A blind man could see that. But to blame her for Ben and Jen’s actions over the past decade is asinine.

    Other than that, it’s nice to see that his children and her seemingly get along. I still think that they’re moving way too fast and could’ve dated a few more months before the introduction of the kids, him renting/buying real estate for her, etc.

    I am one of the very very few people on this site that don’t have a problem with Ben and Ana. Between the quarantine, a parent contracting Covid and my PTSD triggered after George Floyd’s murder (RIP) I guess something about seeing two people in love doesn’t bother me as much after a dreadful couple of months. Thirstiness included lol.

    • Kebbie says:

      The first part of your comment brings up an interesting point. Ben and Jen made a second career out of happy family paparazzi photos. You have to wonder how Jen feels seeing the same type of photos but with Ana instead of her in them.

      Then again, maybe she’s just happy to be done with his nonsense. She’s always been the bigger person, but it has to sting a little I’d think.

      • ItBeginsWithQ says:

        It’s interesting because Garner through press leaks made it clear that Lindsay Shookus would have nothing to do with her kids. I’m not saying she was wrong or right but she certainly has the power to stop Affleck from bringing a new gf around her children if she doesn’t approve. Without any insight I’d say she’s just happy that Ben appears to be stone cold sober for the first time in years. I doubt she feels any kind of way. He’s put her through too much.

      • Amelie says:

        I think with the whole quarantine thing Jennifer had to be a bit more flexible in terms of letting her kids see their dad. I’m assuming Ana doesn’t have her own place in CA yet so I’m guessing she had no place to go stay when the kids came over. It’s just easier for Ben and Ana to stay together since at least they know they aren’t exposing themselves unnecessarily to other people to make it safe for the kids. So if the kids go to his house, they were going to have to see her at some point. I’m sure for Jennifer that was a hard pill to swallow because she’s a planner and comes across as a bit of a control freak (not in a bad way) but COVID 19 isn’t exactly something you can control.

    • ariana says:

      He bought her a house?

      • Sparky says:

        F me for knowing this but… They were supposedly out house hunting the other day. That said, Ana does have a place in Venice hence the volume of Venice dog walking pics.

  17. Margetta says:

    His girlfriend looks like she could be the older sister there. Ew.

  18. Barb says:

    I think the oldest daughter helped put this out on the lawn, too. She’s not in any of the pics that I’ve seen but there’s a video and I believe that’s her. The kids seem to enjoy spending time with Ana, which is a good thing. None of this would be happening without Jen’s approval so there’s that, too. As for the cutout, I think it’s funny and they are trolling the paps IMO. I don’t care about BenAna anymore, they seem happy so good for them. He needs stability in his life and if she provides that, who is anyone to judge. Let them have their fun, they aren’t actually hurting anybody. Maybe it’s recent events that are obviously much more serious but I can’t summon any emotion for these two anymore. Who cares…

  19. Yati says:

    They are a little bizarre. Also she still gives me eye rolls but she’s pretty darn cute.

  20. Mrs. Peel says:

    My take is that Ana had Violet place the cut-out on Ben’s lawn, so that Ana would get even MORE attention than she’s already getting with the daily pap stroll. I think it’s gross.

  21. celine says:

    Paps wouldn’t bother photographing Ben, Ana, Jen or their kids if the pics didn’t sell. The pics wouldn’t sell if people didn’t click, look at them and care. So we’re all complicit in feeding the pap frenzy around this group of individuals. I have seen so many posts asking why they get photographed so much… they get pap’d because we are all obsessed with them and what’s going on in their lives.

    • Darla says:

      Yep. they hang around outside his home. He’s extremely famous, and has always had a messy, dramatic (bennifer) personal life. He sells. they’re not calling the paps. The paps don’t leave. Some celebs call the paps. Ben is not calling the paps. I guess people think he called the paps when he was photographed greasy and drunk at a fast food place on his way to treatment. I just role my eyes at those comments.

      • Jess says:

        I agree with most of these points, but I think the major thing is they are courting the attention. They didn’t need to do the endless pap strolls that got everyone’s attention. Case in point, they have stopped doing them now because it was too much exposure. He will always be in the tabloids because of his miss-steps, but many other higher profile people in HW have had bigger falls with a lot less exposure. This round of good press is beneficial to him too let’s not get that twisted.

    • lola says:

      You have a point, but there are other popular celebs who get barely papped at all. I have no idea how Gosling’s kids look like or the children of Ryan Reynolds. Even though Scarjo is problematic af, I do like it that she keeps her child’s life private.
      The Garner-Affleck children get papped every week and there would be ways to avoid that if their parents truly wanted to.
      Ben and Jen both use the paps for their careers (especially Jen is very smart when it comes to her public image) and I have no doubt that they work with them from time to time.

      • milliemollie says:

        Has anyone seen Clooney lately?:D he is another very famous actor with two Oscars and kids and i haven’t seen him or his family in ages. It’s doable to have a private life away from the paps, even in LA (see Gosling and Mendes).
        Ben and Jen could live more privately, but they made another choice, sacrificing their children’s privacy.

      • Sparky says:

        I think that Jen and Ben started out calling the paps on themselves which thus gave the paps info on schedules, residences, etc. The church pics are a perfect example. Jen doesn’t need to call the paps to tell them she’ll be at church– they already know she goes every Sunday.

  22. Carolnr says:

    I think Ana is very important to Ben or he would have never wanted his children to meet her. I don’t feel the nanny broke up Ben’s marriage..Lindsay Shookus did. I feel that Ben& Jen probably had an agreement that Lindsay would never meet their children
    Not to mention that Ben still was not sober when he first went public with her nor the 2nd time they got back together. Ben seems like he is finally sober( I hope he is)& Jen is obviously comfortable with Ana being around their children. I can’t imagine how that must feel that finally Ben seems to have gotten his act together, seems to be a present & positive dad, & seems to be in a committed relationship. Holidays, Bithdays, & Vacations should look alot different now…

  23. ObiWanKnoobie says:

    The picture is like one of those congratulations graduate lawn signs.

  24. Charfromdarock says:

    This is all so cringeworthy.

  25. AMM says:

    As a mother of teens, I can see this playing out where the kids thought it would be hilarious. Maybe the joke was that the paparazzi were more interested in Anna than Ben, so they put it out front. Maybe one of Anna’s family members or friends sent it as a joke and the kids got a kick out of it and thought it would be funny to put it out for anyone to see. I don’t think there has to be any awkward involvement with the adults in the situation.

  26. AppleTartin says:

    Looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree if there was passive aggressive intent. Remember when those nudes of Blake Lively got released. Allegedly Jen was behind it since Blake allegedly had sent them to Ben.

    Or the kids could have done in it just thinking it was funny. Only us adults see how thirsty she is and loves the cameras with Ben.

  27. lizardqueen says:

    I really, really hope that one of these kids writes a very honest memoir one day because I would be interested in that. Is that terrible? Oh well.

    • Theo says:

      Not terrible. A biography of a movie star is interesting. Poor Violet looks so uncomfortable with them at the video where they are buying flowers. She is at a difficult age, sometimes it’s hard to see your daddy with a new young woman, especially if he doesn’t show you the same affection as he did when you were alone with him. Hopefully he has the sensitivity to spend some personal time with them as their dad , without his girlfriend .

      • a says:

        There were pictures of Ben hugging Violet in a grocery aisle when they were out with Ana and later that day he took Violet and Sam out without her

  28. L4frimaire says:

    I thought the cut out was funny and obviously to troll the paparazzi. Don’t think it’s that serious.

  29. Ladiabla says:

    Ufff I guess it is just a joke, but I’m sorry kids, you’re not putting out a huge cardboard cutout of your Dad’s new gf outside MY house. F THAT.