Ben Affleck, 42, was recently spotted at San Diego Comic-Con, his first public appearance since it was announced that he and wife Jennifer Garner, 43, were divorcing. Although he was there to talk about his highly-anticipated film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, what really caught people’s attention was the fact that he was still wearing his wedding ring.
Close friends of the celebrity couple say that both Affleck and Garner are continuing to sport their rings post-split mainly for the sake of their three young children: Violet (nine years old), Seraphina (six years old), and Samuel (three years old).
A source tells People that the children “are a big part of why they’re still wearing [the rings].” They have been keeping them on to show their love and support for their kids throughout this divorce. “They just want them to be okay,” added the source. In their joint statement, the couple stressed that despite their split, they were going to make a “commitment to co-parenting.”
Not only are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner still wearing their wedding rings, they’re also still living in close quarters. Garner is spending most of the summer with the kids in Atlanta, where she’s working on her new film, Miracles from Heaven. However, Affleck is said to be spending lots of time in Atlanta too, and is staying in the guesthouse on the same property so that he can still be close to the kids.
“He’s playing Mr. Mom, and that is what he wants to do. As difficult as it is, from what we’ve seen, it’s pretty amicable,” revealed an insider close to the couple. Meanwhile, friends say Garner is happy being away from the limelight and is apparently doing great. “The kids are with her, which is all she wants. She’s as strong as ever.”
McNeil, L., et al., “Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are Still (Mostly) Wearing Their Wedding Rings for Their Kids,” People web site, July 15, 2015; http://goo.gl/lCuYjh.
Grossbart, S., “Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck still living together,” Boston Herald web site, July 19, 2015; https://goo.gl/L3SK7F.