Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas broke up: ‘She was the one who called things off’

In the post about Ben Affleck’s “woe is me” podcast interview, jbyrdku commented that there was an item in the Instagram account Deuxmoi that Ben and Ana had split. They actually had the news ahead of US Magazine. Deuxmoi’s post said simply that Ana dumped Ben. That tracks, because Ben doesn’t break up with anyone he just ignores them or cheats on them until they do it. After the news was confirmed by the celebrity outlets new items were posted on Deuxmoi that they split almost a month ago, which explains Ana’s trip to Cuba over the holidays. (I know it was Christmas but it’s also a pandemic.) Plus she got a haircut!

We just heard, in early December, that Ana had put her house on the market and moved in with Ben too. I guess that didn’t work out that well because US Magazine and People have the news, with each saying that the two were in “different points in their lives.” Here are those stories:

“Ben is no longer dating Ana,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She broke it off. Their relationship was complicated. Ana doesn’t want to be Los Angeles based and Ben obviously has to since his kids live in Los Angeles.”

“This is something that was mutual and something that is completely amicable,” another source close to Affleck and de Armas adds. “They are in different points in their lives; there is deep love and respect there. Ben continues to want to work on himself. He has three jobs lined up and he’s a solid father at home. They are both happy with where they are in their lives. – From People

“The breakup was amicable, [but] she was the one who called things off,” a source tells Us. “Ben and Ana were moving in different directions in their lives and stopped seeing eye to eye. The two couldn’t work through their differences and have decided to end their relationship.” – From US Magazine

[From People and US Magazine]

So Ben did that THR podcast interview to make the press focus on his career and how badly he was treated by the tabloids post Bennifer, right? He knew that this news was about to break and was practically telling them to go easy on him with this split. He’s so aggrieved, you guys! Why can’t we just focus on his acting! He didn’t go for pap walks with Ana. Everyone puts a cardboard cutout of themselves on their boyfriend’s lawn. You know that things started going south with Ana when that Washington Post article about them came out. While Ana may be the one who officially broke up with Ben, he started checking out when he realized that he was in the same pattern with Ana and the tabloids that he was in with J.Lo. I bet he blames Ana for that, when he’s the one who is making the same moves in his life yet again.

I’ll miss Afflarmas. Their movie, Deep Water, is coming out in August. Do you think Ana will have another high profile boyfriend by then? I do. I think she’s going to rub it in Ben’s face and it will be glorious.

Remember when she bought him a motorcycle for his birthday and they rode it for the paps? Ooh now I’m also remembering that story that Ana “picks dumb and immature fights” with Ben.

Also this happened and it is real. It seems like a fitting end, although I wouldn’t put it past them to get back together once or twice. That’s Ben’s pattern too.

Update: People are saying that’s not Casey as he’s wearing a shirt from a landscaping business.





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  1. Annie says:

    Poor Rodrigo☹️

    • Mia4s says:

      Hahahahaha!!!! So true. Some other celebrity couple needs to step up to fill the void! Rodrigo has car payments people!!!

  2. Darla says:

    How does Ben Affleck allow pictures to be taken of men dumping a cardboard cutout of his ex in the trash? AND, they had to break it in half because they couldn’t get it in. Imagine this. Where is his PR??? I don’t know what to say other than, damn why didn’t I go into CELEBRITY PR? It’s my wheelhouse. I’m so much better than what we end up seeing from these fools and I realize now I am way underpaid. Oh Ben.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, right? It’s middle school level pettiness. How hard would it be to cut it into smaller pieces and put it in a discreet bag?

      Maybe I’m in the minority but I am imagining that he is hurt, a lot, by this breakup.

      • Darla says:

        Oh yeah, it’s a statement. He’s hurt for sure, I hope he stays sober.

      • lucy2 says:

        But remember, he HATES the attention! Lol.

      • LaurenMichelle says:

        I just saw the Ana cutout being forced head first into a garbage can on the D Mail website! There is also a nice video of Ana holding Samuel’s hand and walking with him. Ana is too good for Ben. Ben belongs in the trash, not Ana.

      • gilda says:

        Agreed. He fell for her and didn’t realize she was using him for PR. At least she didn’t get married this time. She had a pretty brutal MO in Spain, but I think she’ll thrive in Hollywood.

      • emu says:

        LOL weird that there was even this life-size cutout of her in the first place, right????

      • clomo says:

        I have no idea what MO means in Spain but the Mo top definition in the Urban Dictionary is Ben to a T.

    • Myra says:

      Right? It’s like he loves the publicity that he complains about. It is funny though, I’m not gonna lie. It’s the kind of gossip that’s comforting. I hope Ana is doing ok, though.

      • Darla says:

        She’ll come back savage with a new A list bf. Just my prediction.

      • Mac says:

        Ben has too much baggage. I hope she finds someone who isn’t messy.

      • Case says:

        I second Darla on the new A-list bf. She’s beautiful and up-and-coming in Hollywood. She’ll have no trouble finding someone else.

      • Marietta58 says:

        Yeah, except she’s thirsty AF. Why would any A-lister want that? She’ll probably try to sink her teeth into Captain America. Or Brad Pitt, he’s single.

        But I just don’t see her actually landing an A list bf. She’s so incredibly thirsty, girl just needs to go away!

      • AnnaKist says:

        Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m shocked by this news. Nah, I’m kidding. I do hope he stays sober, though. I think he really cares for her.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “Or Brad Pitt, he’s single.”

        oh, I think you got something there. he needs a big-ish name GF and she IS thirsty. put a pin next to that and in a few months you may be right!

      • Muffaletta says:

        Brad Pitt is no catch for Ana; no way! He’s had his day in terms of golden boy and comes with a lot of baggage. She’d be an image booster for him. It’s like the George Spahn and Squeaky coupling (Once Upon a Time in HW) – gross!

        Totally agree Batffleck is very hurt and this cardboard tossing was deliberate. Smart move on Ana’s part. She can act; so what if she’s obviously thirsty. 95% of them are to some extent. DM has him looking like hell picking up more takeout coffee at his front door. Can he get on a reusable cup program ASAP please? One of those startups please offer them to him for free.

      • Isshiki says:

        Imagine if her next bf was Alec Baldwin lol he’d be with a true Spanish woman

        But seriously, I think this is because she’s about to start filming with Chris Evan’s again

    • Sandra says:

      And right after he complained about getting papped taking his trash out at his house. Sure, Ben.

    • MeToforever says:

      I don’t think it’s the PR people. You are only as good as your client because no matter how well thought out your moves if the people you work for don’t follow your directions, there’s not much you can do but quit. Some people listen and you see how much smoother things go for them, others ignore advise and you see where they land. Sometimes you can pinpoint the moment a celeb goes from not listening to listening. I’d say Ben is not listening again and if he continues to not listen it’s going to get really bad again for him.

      @Marietta58, they are all thirsty it part of there jobs to be thirsty. She’s talented which is what her job calls for so I hope she sticks around for awhile. Ben on the other hand can go away for a bit and get himself together, he’s like the male jlo, can’t be alone.

  3. Alissa says:

    The photos of the cutout being thrown out are hilarious, and it’s also pretty funny that they still had it. it will be interesting if they end up able to do any promotional stuff for their movie together, and how that goes. I don’t think the THR interview had anything to do with this break up though, it’s a pretty common interview for people who are angling in an Oscar race. Ben clearly wants an acting Oscar.

    • Keekey says:

      It makes me wish I’d had a life-size cardboard cut-out of each of my exes so, when the relationship was over, I could literally dump him in the trash. Cathartic!!!

    • smee says:

      I read it was his problematic bro at the trash can with the cut-out.

  4. Sean says:

    That picture of Ana cracking up always gets me.

    “They’re taking photos! Quick, act like I said something really funny so everyone will know we’re two peas in a pod!”

  5. Tootsie McJingle says:

    BenAna split. Darn.

  6. milliemollie says:

    Who gets custody of Rodrigo?!

    I’ll give them two months until we hear everything about how they got back together. They love the attention too much, and Ana won’t find another high profile boyfriend who’s up for daily cringy pap walks. They truly are a match made in heaven.They’ll be back together soon.

    • blast says:

      nah, Ana already has a plan. It’s likely Chris Evans or Ryan Gosling.

      If Eva thought Gosling treated her as a doormat already, it’s gonna get a loooot worse if she ‘chooses’ him rather than Chris Evans.

      • milliemollie says:

        I think last year’s constant thirsty pap walks made her unattractive to a lot of her male colleagues. Who besides Ben Affleck would be up for so many overacted pap walks? Definitely not Gosling or Evans or any other A list actor. They now know that she’ll only use them for clout. Her and Affleck fitted at least in that regard perfectly together.

        Well, if they follow the book then Ana will only work with Gosling…

      • tcbc says:

        Ana already made a play for Gosling during Blade Runner. He shot her down. It seems like only men who are slightly scuzzy want her – the others see through her. So I’d guess, Pitt, Adrien Brody, Jeremy Renner. Someone seedy who loves attention.

      • milliemollie says:

        Huh, I didn’t even think of Pitt, but I could see that happening…

      • robin says:

        wait, since when did ryan gosling and eva have issues?

    • Golly Gee says:

      @tcbc, Adrian Brody is dating Georgina Chapman, clearly another woman who has bad taste in men.

  7. Ninks says:

    They were about the only mindless, fun, brain candy story of the past 12 months and for that I thank them.

  8. minx says:

    Just hope he stays sober, for himself and his kids.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. Someone posted a current photo of him and he is alarmingly thin. People were speculating about drugs. Really scary stuff.

      • JT says:

        Especially as he was trying his sobriety to his happiness with Ana.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        I think I just saw a pic like the ones you’re talking about.

        he looks like a unwashed junkie. says it was taken 1/1/2021. I found it on Google images but the page it came from has been taken down. it’s a pretty scary picture.

      • AMM says:

        That pic was alarming. But the one of him dropping his coffee and donuts was less than two weeks prior and he still looked healthy and “full” in his face and body. Maybe 12 days is enough look that strung out and thin, but the fact that it’s been scrubbed makes me question it.

  9. Ang says:

    I hate everything about them. From the thirsty See-through boob shirt selfie, to the mega-thirsty Woman Laughing at Salad pap strolls, to the painfully thirsty matching sneakers and matching helmets on that motorcycle photo, to the embarrassing ridiculous throwing out of the cutout pap stroll, and finally to the assholic fact that they are not RECYCLING it. I mean, how much of an A-hole do you have to be not to recycle????

    • Esmom says:

      Lol. I’m glad I’m not the only one policing his recycling habits.

    • Jenn says:

      Thank you for bringing up Women Laughing at Salads!! Perfect description.

    • Muffaletta says:

      Or his overuse of plastics. There are quite a few startups doing reusable cups for takeaway coffees and drinks now and all these celebs are still doing their plastics stuff. BPA and other equally toxic BPA alternatives with your drinks, anyone? Yum yum, not to mention moobs and other hormone-disrupting impacts on the body!

      I like supporting local cafes and franchises during this thing but I avoid single-use plastics ’cause I’ve seen what’s in our oceans and am aware recycling is not going to save the planet.

  10. Carolnr says:

    I think JMO that she wanted him to go to Cuba for Christmas. With his children being in LA, Ben wanted & it was probably his time to be with his children. If I am not mistaken, I think it was reported that Ben & Ana spent Thanksgiving weekend, not Thanksgiving Day with his children . I think Ana probably wanted Ben to put her before his children & he did not. She left & went to Cuba. I think I read that they broke up over the phone.
    Ben could have been more discreet about disposing the cut- out of Ana. All he had to do was break it up inside his house & carry out the garbage bag to curb. He wanted the paps to see. Page Six had a report that they could still get back together…I seriously doubt it. Ben just put the final nail in that coffin.

    • Case says:

      If that’s what happened, I respect him for it. Unfortunately I’ve known plenty of men willing to put the new girlfriend/wife ahead of the needs of their children, which is just gross to me.

    • Julie says:

      Bwahahahahaa. Since when did that man place his kids above his hedonistic pleasures. He literally screwed one of their caregivers forcing them to come to terms with complex issues like “dad is a hoe, people who love us can just up and leave and we will never see them again, living through your father’s scandal at school”. The ONLY way you could be right is if Jen has him on strict contract to show up for Thanksgiving or else.

      Ben has a pattern. Hot and heavy, and then emotional withdrawal. Bet you that’s all that happened. Meanwhile Ana was in it partly for the media attention and once he withdraws, good luck getting cute couple shots together.

      • Lizzie says:

        Exactly! This man spent the better part of last year traipsing around with Ana acting like a fool and hardly seeing his kids. There’s a reason Jen has them most of the time.

        He’s looked checked out of things with Ana for six months. He probably did what he always does and love bombed her before showing his true colors and being emotionally unavailable and selfish. Jen said it best: “When his sun shines on you, you feel it. But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold”

  11. A says:

    I wonder what happened, they seemed pretty serious. Though I do think she dodged a bullet.

    • lucy2 says:

      Given that it happened so soon after moving in together, my total wild guess is that she saw the real Ben, not the “I’m trying to impress a girl Ben” and found it wasn’t so great. Jen Garner seemed to do all the heavy lifting in their marriage and family, and I bet he was starting to put that onto Ana as well.

    • sunny says:

      On Lainey gossip there is speculation that she wants kinds(she’s like 32-33) and since he already has 3 and is nearing 50, he doesn’t want any more.

  12. Chaine says:

    The ridiculous DM story about the trashing of the life-size cardboard cut out made my week! Complete with flashbacks to happier times of his kids playing with the cutout on the lawn,lol, most I’ve laughed in a long time.

  13. jbyrdku says:

    So cool to be able to share a tip, you guys!

  14. lillyfromLilloet says:

    I think at 32 she’s looking for a life partner and Ben was glad to coast along with that if it scored him a girlfriend. Also, I am not seeing in any recap of the picture of Ana kissing Ben where he looked just entirely checked out–that was classic end-stage Ben. Remember–he was wearing a face mask the wrong way and they were in New Orleans I think for reshoots? It looked hella over then and there.

    Obviously, she’s better off.

    And pro-tip: if you want the paps to stop camping outside your house don’t reward them with shots of that cut-out going into the trash. Duh.

  15. JT says:

    The cutout debacle makes me believe that Ana did the dumping. What are the odds that the paps would be there just in time? That coupled with his sad sack interview and it sounds like it was unexpected for ben and he’s upset about it. He was happy with all of the attention he got for dating a young, beautiful, up and coming actress. Now he’s trying to blame her for everything. Same playbook as Jlo, whom he’s just now stood up for after blaming her for his poor career and personal choices.

  16. Sasha says:

    I was wondering what happened with Ben .. and it was this. Hope it is only this. Matt Damon was caught going a couple of times to Ben house in December. Made me wonder is he relapsed.

  17. SarahCS says:

    Well that was a wild ride while it lasted, thank you you two fame-hungry fools.

    Of course she dumped him, this is what he does. He will never take any responsibility for his actions so he will never actively end a relationship.

  18. TIFFANY says:

    This also adds fire to Matt and Lucy separating as well.

    Ana isn’t as stupid about this as I thought.

    Both those dudes have a pattern.

    • Cava24 says:

      Matt and Lucy Damon are in Australia quarantining with their three younger kids in advance of filming whatever cameo Taika Waiititi gave him in the new Thor movie to justify Matt bringing his whole family to Australia in a pandemic and hanging out in Byron Bay for the next six months. That cameo will take three days to film, max.

      There are Australian nationals trapped abroad who can’t get back into the country because the government has tight controls on entry and re-entry because of the pandemic.

      • Case says:

        Matt Damon is gonna be in another Thor movie? He just cameoed in the third one!

      • Eva says:

        @case There is a rumor that Matt replaced Christian Bale in Thor 3. Christian is in LA working on a film.

      • Case says:

        @Eva that’s very interesting. There’s been so much Marvel news lately that I actually forgot Bale was cast in that film!

      • lucy2 says:

        I hope if they went through all that, he really is working there. Terrible to let movie stars in but not Australian citizens trying to get home!
        Nothing will make me drop interest faster in a movie than replacing Christian Bale with Matt Damon. Ugh.

      • Cava24 says:

        Marvel announces all their cast updates, they just announced Christian Bale’ being cast on 10 December, if they switch to Damon (who would want a very big check for this sort of thing and mostly plays sort of everyday people which would make him a weird choice for the big baddie), they will announce that, too.

        There is another rumor that Matt Damon bought a $20 million house in Byron very recently.

  19. Noki says:

    I was actually very shocked to hear that SHE dumped him,she came off as a stage 5 clinger but you are right he probably started being cold and driving hwr away until she had no choice,my brother is the same complete coward.

    • JT says:

      See I don’t think she was the clinger. After looking back at the early photos, before the Wapo article, he seemed to be loving all of the attention. He looked very much into her. Maybe they both were clingers, who knows. But I do think she dumped him; she’s got the profile now and he seems like a d*ck to every woman he’s been with after a while. I think it was Gwyneth who said he self sabotages. I mean he can barely say nice words about Garner and she’s supported him through so much.

    • Lillyfromlilooet says:

      @Noki I think you got it right–he forced her hand and he may have told her that he would go to Cuba for xmas then pulled out the rug from her.

    • tcbc says:

      He probably cheated. That’s his pattern.

  20. margedebarge says:

    Lindsey and Bobby over at Who? Weekly are going to be DEVASTATED. Especially Bobby.

    • Skwinkee says:

      @Marged Barged

      I am devastated!!! No more BenAna theme song????? The pits.
      She needs to get with another divorced Ben just to continue the song!

  21. Michael L Kelly says:

    Ana is a good actress and she does not need this kind of publicity if she wants to be a big-time A-List type. Ben could use some time not dating anybody and concentrating on what he does best which is writing and directing with some acting thrown in. I remember when Damon and Affleck were considered fresh young faces but both seem to have gone super Hollywood in all the worst ways

    • Darla says:

      Yeah, I love Ben’s work and wish he would keep it in his pants for a while, stay sober, and just work. But this is likely the other side of his creativity and in his particular case, could be you can’t have one without the other.

    • Noki says:

      We always talk about women who cant seem to ever be single, Ben(and Leo Dicap,George Clooney too) since he became famous has never seemed to stay withought a wife/fiance/girlfriend either.

    • Muffaletta says:

      “Ana is a good actress and she does not need this kind of publicity if she wants to be a big-time A-List ”

      Totally agree. She’s been great in every single film of hers I’ve seen. She’s undeniably thirsty however; it’ll be interesting to see how she keeps navigating it.

  22. Case says:

    I thank them for the pandemic entertainment they’ve provided while together.

    The cutout situation is truly WILD. I bet this split will be messy.

  23. Rapunzel says:

    I think Ben felt Ana was using him for notoriety when she broke it off. It would explain his, “I hate being famous” rant, which likely occurred right after their split.

    My guess? Ana moved in with Ben and quickly discovered that he is more of a mess than she thought.

    • Darla says:

      Do you think it was bathroom issues? I mean, that’s killed more than one of my starry-eyed relationships, I can tell you that.

    • Anna says:

      I know, right? Not sure if I’m understanding the timeline (like I have time to keep track of their b.s.) but it seems like she moved in and two weeks later they broke up…? lol

  24. PhD gossip says:

    I think the new hairdo is to distract from a recent “brow lift”. Ana looks totally different and it’s NOT the hair.

  25. Jayna says:

    He’s the healthiest and happiest he’s been in a long time, with Ana, so I’m wondering how his sobriety plays out post Ana. So Page 6 says it was over him not wanting children. Ben is sober (for now), but I guarantee he is still fragile. He’s smart enough to not be entertaining creating another family now or in the next few years when his children need him, and he’s healthy enough to see that. His kids have had a very present father this past year, not the mess he had been. But that’s what you get when you fall in love with a man with three kids and both of you have careers. A big part of his time will go to his children.

    They’ll probably get back together. I think he’s crazy about her, and she broke it off. But he will work at getting her back.

    • Darla says:

      Well, hiring men to break a life-sized carboard cutout of her into pieces and throw it in the trashcan while someone takes pictures was probably not the best way to go about that?

      I woulda sent roses, but what do I know. I’m not Ben Affleck.

    • whateveryousay says:

      Oh no. They done. That mess yesterday showed he was over it.

    • Carolnr says:

      I could be wrong but I think Ana is career- focused right now , not baby- focused. ( not that you can’t be both)
      I think she wanted to be #1 in Ben’s life. When she is ready, she needs to find someone that will put her first & foremost.
      And , once again the word complicated was used once again to describe Ben…it is definitely a pattern with Ben!

      • Mia4s says:

        The stories are a bit all over the place. One story says they split over kids, she wanted him to commit to having some with her, he wasn’t in to it (even though she has several projects lined up so I can’t imagine that’s a focus for her right this minute). And then there’s the “she didn’t want to live in LA” story…..even though she’s been living in LA for quite some time. Some stories she broke it off, some it was mutual. Not to mention the GLORIOUSLY petty appearance of tossing the cardboard cutouts!

        Long story short? Promotion for their movie is likely to be HELLA awkward!

      • Jayna says:

        It’s complicated for a very good reason. He has three children he loves. With both Ben and Ana having careers that take them off on location (now that filming is going on again) and with Ben needing to spend time with his kids, Iimagine that she wasn’t getting enough time in her mind. It was easy when the filming community had shut down. They were in town all the time. Also, dating a man with three children is very tricky anyway. I dated a guy with just one kid, and I found it very complicated as he had half custody. The child was very standoffish to me for a pretty long time and clung to his daddy even more. And my friend dated a man with two tween/teens(one daughter – the teen), and the daughter was territorial over her father, and she felt she definitely took a backseat and the kids always came first because of his guilt over his divorce. They eventually broke up.

  26. Jess says:

    Ana couldn’t get the publicity and miles out of the pap walks during the pandemic so she ended things maybe a bit early, though we all knew this was coming. I hope she’s able to at least use it as a jump off for further projects.

    I watched Jennifer Garner’s “pretend cooking show” the other day. While I’ve never been a Jennifer “stan” I found her really delightful and sweet and normal. I feel bad for Ben that his depression and alcoholism and general narcissism (none of these are related, just listing some of his most pronounced issues) kept him from truly appreciating how special the mother of his kids is. Of course, we don’t know the intricacies of any marriage, but he should have maybe tried harder to appreciate her as much as he appreciates himself 🤷‍♀️

    • Case says:

      Jennifer Garner really seems like one of the most normal Hollywood folks out there, IMO. Just kind and down-to-earth. I really like her.

    • Jayna says:

      I love her pretend cooking show. Every couple of months I will go check out what she’s done during that period of time.

  27. whateveryousay says:

    Yeah it’s all love and sparkles until you live with each other day in and day out. And honestly the pap walks were exhausting. And of course he blames her for any negative press. He did the same thing to JLo.

    Laughed at Lainey saying that Ana probably has eyes on Chris Evans. But he went after him before and turned him down for Ben Affleck. I can’t see them getting together. Plus he lives on the east coast (Boston and New York) and based on what he is about, would not be for doing any pap walks.

  28. josephine says:

    I was hoping to see a pic of her new haircut. I don’t care about these two — it seemed pretty obvious that it was just fun/a COVID distraction for the two of them.

    But break-up haircuts in the time of quarrantine need to be seen!!

  29. Coolitude says:

    Just before filming with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling… we will have a lot of gossips around that

    • Victoria says:

      Ooh tap dat cap ass Ana!! Ben who?

    • ennie says:

      She’s already filmed with both of them, but to me, both are hotter than Fatman, I meant, batman.

    • Twin falls says:

      I was all Ryan Gosling isn’t single why is his name being thrown around and… oh no. 🙁

      • jbones says:


      • Coolitude says:

        I just think that even if nothing happens with them, we will have gossips because of her behaviour and she will post stories on instagram during the filming and promotion. i have the feeling that RG and CE don’t care, they have already worked with her

  30. Onomo says:

    This is petty but I am happy! I like her, though she is thirsty. I do not like Affleck, based on his history of using women to abuse (the makeup artist, that woman from one tree hill Hillary Burton), rescue him, distract, or otherwise up his ego. If I could see how hot/cold he runs in pictures, I can only imagine what that is like in person.

    Good riddance for AA.

  31. Jean says:

    I hope she gets with Chris Evans just because his fans would be so mad about it

    • Dollycoa says:

      Ha ha they’d implode! Poor innocent little Chris being held hostage. Why cant he find love with a nice homely girl (like them)?

  32. Lena says:

    At the end of every relationship he does something where I go WTF is wrong with you. With Shookus he showed up at Nobu with a playboy bunny before even announcing they had split, with Jen he took their nanny on a plane to Vegas now this time he makes sure the paps capture Ana’s cutout being thrown out in the trash. Their relationship always struck me as being more immature than his usual so I think the end behavior is fitting to them (and funnier).

  33. whatWHAT? says:

    I had to look back to what I wrote re: her going to Cuba without him and the new hair cut…

    “an Xmas/NYE trip alone and a new haircut? first think I thought was “uh oh, trouble in pandemic-paradise for these two”.”

    AND I WAS RIGHT! (Along with a LOT of other people, I’m sure…lol)

  34. Amelie says:

    BenAna no more! Well it was fun while it lasted, I thought they would probably break up over the holidays. A lot of relationships in their first year do, especially since they are forced to evaluate whether the relationship is worth it since the holidays involve family time and compromise. I bet you Ana wanted him to accompany her to Cuba over the holidays since they did Thanksgiving with his kids and he was probs “Nope.” And that forced her hand to end things with him. I’m not surprised she ended things either. When you look at her dating history, she seems to date a new guy every year before moving on so I think she gets bored fast.

  35. Merricat says:

    I think Ben Affleck believes that he is a good man who makes impulsive decisions when he feels threatened–I don’t think he’s aware of his own emotional immaturity.

  36. sherry says:

    He was a career move for her, and she was a comeback move for him. It’s that simple.

  37. Jack says:

    It was a 1 year contract and the contract was up? Wonder if they will get back together just in time for the red carpet.

  38. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I think she dumped him when she realized dating him wasn’t having the effect on her PR she wanted. But Ben loves to date attention thirsty women and plays into it himself. He’s a LEO for crying out loud. This idea that he hates the attention is hilarious. No what I think he hates is when the narrative gets away from him and he can’t control how he is seen. Kind of like what happened with J.Lo.

  39. Veronica S. says:

    I’ve been laughing all morning about the trash photo. It sends me every time I look at it. Just imagine having that much money and access and still being unable to escape being the naturally raging dumpster fire of humanity that is Ben Affleck. He just cannot help himself. There is always something in him willing to be dragged down into the mire.

  40. Barbara Owens-DeWitt says:

    And now we wait for the relapse that will be squarely placed on her shoulders, according to him. How ever will he stay sober without a woman who ‘is good for his sobriety.’? Blech.

  41. Moo says:

    Didn’t they both recognize that they are a different points in their lives? I barely know anything about either of them and even I know they’re not at similar points on their respective journeys.

  42. Ferdinand says:

    I read somewhere else that the reason behind the split was “children related”.

    Apparently she wants kids eventually and he doesn’t want any more than the children he has. He cannot commit to having any more children, while she wants to start a family.

    Both sides are completely reasonable, however these are the things one think in advance when going into a relationship with such a age gap difference and being with a person who is in a different stage in life.

    • Lizzie says:

      I read that, too. Then I read it was because she’s “young and adventurous” and when she’s not working she wants to travel, which seems contradictory to that version of why they split.

      And you’d certainly discuss this with someone before moving in with them. So dumb.

  43. L4frimaire says:

    They were a fun diversion with their pap strolls and thirst. I liked De Armas in Blade Runner 2 and Knives Out, so would like to see more of her work. She gives off this diva energy but I like it. Ben Affleck always gives off this vibe of just being ungrounded and discontent. He’s a super talented guy but his personal life and struggles is so visible and on display, makes him a bit of a mess, and undermines his talent.I feel like his work doesn’t get the respect it deserves because his issues with alcohol, the competing pap strolls with his ex wife, and his current girlfriends always distract. He’s messy. Anyway, good luck to them both. Hollywood is getting messy in the relationship department so lots of gossip for the mill.

  44. Lizzie says:

    I’m not entirely sure what she ended up getting out of this PR romance. She was booking things fine before him. Now she’ll be more known as Ben Affleck’s pandemic ex-girlfriend, especially with how performative they were throughout their time together. I used to like her but it really soured my opinion of her to the point I won’t be checking out any of her work in the future. Ben has always been a whiny, entitled hypocrite and all this proves he seems to be incapable of change.

    Convenient timing to announce the break up (since they’ve allegedly been done for a month which I fully believe) since she’s about to start filming another movie with Chris Evans. I suspect we’ll be hearing about them soon.

    • Darla says:

      It is interesting that they’ve been done for a month and the day after it’s announced he pulls that trash can stunt. You’re right.

      People on the internet (women) always attack her as thirsty and the consensus was she made a play for Evans but he declined. Wouldn’t it be funny if they were actually dealing with each other on that set, had a falling out, but got back together? Total speculation. But things are never as they seem or as people surmise based on their own preconceived notions. I would laugh. Evans needs some drama he’s way too locked down. I’d be into the drama, I love some good old fashioned gossip scandals.

      • Lizzie says:

        The trash can stunt was 100% planned. As was the timing of People exclusive drop (Monday morning of a holiday weekend, his/his team’s go to outlet). There was actually an In Touch article talking about how they were close to breaking up/broken up already and Ana had left LA for Cuba, and then subsequent Gossip Cop article “debunking” that story that mysteriously got taken down Sunday night. I’m assuming they got word that the People story was coming the next morning.

        Totally! I think she’s very eager to have her name and photos in magazines and tends to pay special attention to her male co-stars (she herself said she falls in love with them while filming, eye roll), Evans was no different. But his fans act like he’s above playing the PR game when he’s done his share of it too, as recently as last summer with Lily James. I think they’d provide all kinds of entertaining gossip for us so I’m secretly crossing my fingers for something to happen between Ana and Evans.

  45. april says:

    She probably found someone younger and less needy. I never thought these two would make it once they were incessantly being photographed. Seemed so self-exploitative and narcissistic.

  46. Char76 says:

    They both profited off each other with their thirsty photo ops. IBen even introduced her to his kids and used them for lap strolls too. Wonder how they feel about this

  47. Jennifer says:

    She wanted kids.

  48. Hannah says:

    if she goes back to Batfleck after he did her like that, it means she has no self-respect. I dislike her, but I would expect her to have some pride in herself, at the very least. I am a very petty person and I avoid watching films with Ana de Armas because I have always, in my opinion, doubted the provenance of her “acting career”. The fact that many readers are saying/pretending that she is a serious actor is weird to me. She said, in an interview, that she barely understood English when she landed her first English-speaking film role. There were thousands of more talented and beautiful women professional actors vying for those roles. But she was handpicked from among them to star in two films with a handsome, rich, unmarried actor in his early fifties? I see. I have no issues with Ana being an opportunist. I applaud that. Collect those bags, gurr. It is the blatant storytelling that gets to me.

    • Muffaletta says:

      “I avoid watching films with Ana de Armas because I have always, in my opinion, doubted the provenance of her “acting career””
      — So you don’t “applaud it” actually and it’s not just the “storytelling” that bothers you.

      I have no idea if she’s “casting couch” – which I’m sure happens in HW – but I remember seeing her as the gf in War Dogs years and years back and thinking that is a very, very striking woman. (I am a straight woman if that’s relevant.) Never thought about it but always assumed she was cast for her looks, like in Blade Runner where she did gratuitous, IMO, nudity. She’s very emotive and I think she’s a decent actor. Marion Cotillard level? Doubt it. I’m sure casting couches have launched a lot of careers but casting directors also cast the “hot girls” in gf roles simply because they’re perceived as f*ckable and tick the focus-group-sheet box that rounds out the criteria for bankable movies. Maybe AdA was casting couch; maybe she wasn’t. I don’t think the gossip surrounding her was ever at Gretchen Mol (another poor lady who got those rumours x100) level.

  49. Midge says:

    Ana is HELLA thirsty. She wants to be super famous and that is what his podcast comments were about.

  50. Maria Lujan says:

    Gurrl!!! you had one good chris on hand and went for this?!…. shame on you XD .
    go and try again with Evans