She’s gone, girl! It’s been more than two years since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their separation — and despite the 45-year-old actor’s best efforts to win his wife back, she’s reportedly turned him down. According to a new report, Jennifer, also 45, wants to move forward with a divorce.
Even though Ben is currently dating Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus, “he’s begged [Jennifer] to come back several times, but she has no interest,” an insider recently revealed to Us Weekly. However, that apparently wasn’t always the case.
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After the couple’s initial split in 2015, the 13 Going on 30 actress did her best to salvage her marriage to Ben — even though he wasn’t as willing at the time. “She put her heart and soul into fixing the relationship and wanted so desperately to turn things around for the children’s sake as well as theirs,” an insider told Us Weekly. “She forgave him for so much, and still he couldn’t change.”
Jennifer — who shares kids Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6, with Ben — even stood by her estranged husband’s side when he entered rehab for alcohol abuse late last year. “When Ben was in rehab, Jennifer was there every day, visiting. They did family counseling to work on their relationship,” another insider previously explained to the magazine. “Things looked positive. Jennifer was very caring, very present. They both wanted it to work.”
But, these days, Jennifer is officially starting to dip back into the dating pool. “Jen is ready to go with her feelings and give love another try,” a pal of the Alias alum said, adding that one of the guys she’s seen is the spitting image of Ben. “It’s been almost three years since they called it quits. It’s time for her to move on.”