‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it,’ Jennifer Garner told Vanity Fair about her husband Ben Affleck in 2016, a year after they split. ‘But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.’
I imagine that shadow feels particularly large and Siberia-level freezing today following Affleck’s astonishingly insensitive interview yesterday with Howard Stern.
It must have been hard enough for Garner, an intelligent, beautiful and hugely talented woman, to have to endure her ex so publicly parading around with Jennifer Lopez in ever more cringe-making PDAs since they rekindled their romance.
But when you consider the fact that Affleck was engaged to J-Lo right before he got together with, and then swiftly married Garner, then you can probably double the level of hurt she must feel having her nose now so brutally rubbed in it by the father of her three children.
Ironically, ‘Bennifer’ as they were dubbed at the time, blamed the last-minute break-off of their engagement in 2003, just days before the wedding, on ‘excessive media attention.’
Now they can’t enough of it – slobbering over each like love-sick puppies whenever there’s a camera within range.
Of course, that’s entirely their prerogative and if they’re wildly in love and want to brazenly show it off to the world, then good luck to them.
But what’s not acceptable is what Affleck did to his ex-wife on Stern’s show.
There’s one basic rule of any marriage break-up where kids are involved and it’s this: don’t trash their mum or dad in public.
Whatever’s gone down in a shattered relationship, it’s hardly ever the fault of innocent children caught in the crossfire, and it’s their welfare that should always be the top priority.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Piers Morgan