The Alias actress and Oscar winner had a relatively low-key marriage that kept them out of the spotlight — they tied the knot in 2005 before splitting 10 years later
Jennifer Garner is nearing an age division milestone as she turned half a century this weekend.
The American actress rose to fame on both sides of the Atlantic when a brave early-century college student became a CIA agent in the spy drama Alias before starring in big-screen roles including 13 Going On 30 and Daredevil.
Jennifer met Ben Affleck on the set of Pearl Harbor – the couple later began a relationship.
The duo married and welcomed three children before going their separate ways – and Ben soon began a refreshed romance.
Here’s a look back at Jennifer and Ben’s past romance and details of his most recent engagement.
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Who are Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck?
Jennifer Garner is an American actress born on April 17, 1972 in Houston, Texas.
After studying theater, Jennifer began performing on stage before making the move to the big screen – with her first role in a TV movie in 1995 and ending up in leading roles in TV series in the late ’90s.
Her breakthrough role was as Sydney Bristow in the spy drama Alias, while her big screen career began in 1997 and she appeared in the coming-of-age drama 13 Going On 30, the Marvel film Daredevil and its spin-off Elektra, the Oscar-winning award-winning drama Juno, and the action film Peppermint.
Ben Affleck is an American actor born August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California.
He began acting as a child, making his debut in a 1981 film titled The Dark End of the Street at the age of nine.
He has appeared in major films such as Dazed and Confused, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and Justice League and bagged Best Original Screenplay for writing Good Will Hunting in 1998 and the Oscar for Best Picture Argo in 2013.
When did Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck get engaged?
Jen and Ben met on the set of Pearl Harbor, which was released in 2001, and starred opposite Daredevil in the 2003 Marvel film.
They began dating the following year and became engaged in 2005.
Daredevil star Ben actually proposed to Jen on her 33rd birthday – and word spread soon after, although the couple kept their romance relatively private.
People reported at the time, “Though neither Affleck nor Garner will officially confirm it, a close friend of his broke the news that the couple will be tying the knot…
“The Hollywood couple spent the weekend in the Los Angeles area celebrating Garner’s 33rd birthday, including a Saturday night party at her home in Brentwood with her parents, friends and some Alias co-stars.”
While the couple may have tried to keep their engagement low-key, the huge 4.5-carat cushion-cut diamond ring designed by Harry Winston soon gave up the game as the Juno star went with her everywhere she went seen with the huge stone on her finger.
When did Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck get married?
The couple wasted little time organizing their wedding and wed on June 29, 2005 – just over two months after Ben popped the question.
But despite being two big A-list Hollywood stars, Ben and Jen avoided a star-studded wedding, instead opting for an incredibly intimate private ceremony with just four people total.
The couple wed on Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos — with Jennifer’s Alias co-star Victor Garber and husband Rainer Andreesen the only other people there.
Victor officiated at the wedding and later told Entertainment Weekly, “It was an incredible honor and one of the most special moments of my life. I’ll never forget it. It’s embedded in my heart.”
The couple announced their nuptials to the world the day after their wedding – and revealed that Jennifer was three months pregnant with their first child.
The couple eventually had three children — first daughter Violet, born in late 2005, second daughter Seraphina, born in 2009, and son Samuel, born in 2012.
When did Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck split and why did they get divorced?
Despite appearing to be one of Hollywood’s happiest couples, Jennifer and Ben’s marriage fell apart in 2015 — just 10 years after they tied the knot.
The couple announced their divorce plans in June this year – and it has been reported that they are seeking joint physical and legal custody of their three children.
The divorce was finalized in October 2018 – while reports also suggest it was Ben’s drinking struggles that damaged their relationship, and the actor also quit all his work projects in 2017 as he battled his addiction.
Jennifer spoke about her decision to join an Al-Anon group — which teaches people close to addicts how to help and support them.
She told Entertainment Tonight that the group helped her figure out which parts of the fight were “just not my business” and also taught her “what you have to do to show up for yourself and that’s changing the dance.” [of marriage].”
When did Ben Affleck get engaged to Jennifer Lopez?
Before he even started dating Jennifer Garner, Ben had a high-profile relationship with Jennifer Lopez — the duo first started dating in 2002.
They got engaged in 2003 and were due to tie the knot that year – only to cut the wedding hours short before they were due to walk down the aisle due to the paparazzi’s extreme interest in the event.
Their relationship fell apart soon after, and they ended their engagement and romance in early 2004.
In 2021, however, fans of the pair were stunned to learn they had reconciled 17 years after their original split and were once again through a storm.
More joy came in April this year, when Jennifer told fans Ben had proposed to her a second time – and they plan to finally make it down the aisle together.
Who else was Jennifer Garner married to?
Before marrying Ben Affleck, Jennifer was married to actor Scott Foley – whom she met on the set of the 1998 sitcom Felicity.
The couple married at their shared home in October 2000 – but sadly separated three years later.
Jennifer filed for divorce in May 2003, citing irreconcilable differences, and the couple officially divorced in March the following year.
Jen then dated her Alias co-star Michael Vartan from August 2003 until mid-2004 — before moving on and marrying Ben.
Jennifer’s love life since her second divorce has been relatively private — but she began dating a businessman named John Miller in mid-2018, but they split in early 2020.
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