As much as Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck care about their successful movie careers, their three kids, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel, will always be their No. 1 priority. This certainly hasn’t changed even though the 13 Going on 30 actress and the Batman star called it quits in 2015.
The former pair first tied the knot in 2005. Jennifer and Ben started their family the same year when they welcomed their eldest daughter, Violet. The Hollywood duo expanded their brood when their second daughter, Seraphina, arrived in 2009, followed by their youngest, son Samuel, in 2012.
Although fans thought Jen and Ben were going to be together forever, they shocked the world when they announced they were going their separate ways in June 2015. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to coparenting our children, whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time,” their statement to Us Weekly read. “This will be our only comment on this private, family matter.”
Since they split, the Alias alum and the Good Will Hunting actor have put their differences aside for the sake of their children. “They’re both amazing [and] hands-on,” an insider told Closer Weekly in February 2020. “They’re getting a lot better these days and are in a great place, which makes coparenting so much easier. They even go to each other’s houses and catch up over coffee.”
Aside from reuniting for other events like family holidays and church outings, Jen and Ben have also praised each other for making the tough situation as effortless as possible. “She’s wonderful,” the Argo actor gushed during an appearance on the Today show in March 2019. “I’m lucky [my kids have] got a great mom, and she helps out a great deal with making sure we coparent in as good a way as possible.”
In the years since welcoming her kids, Jen has learned a lot about motherhood and she’s applied those lessons to everyday life. While chatting with USA Today in March 2021, the Peppermint actress revealed she’s constantly trying to remind her children how important it is to stay positive.
“One thing I’ve talked to my kids about a lot is that we think we’ve come to the end of our rope and then you just push through it and you kind of start again,” she shared. “And you say, ‘Well, this is what it is and we’re in the best possible, lucky position anyone could be in during this time.'”
Scroll through the gallery below to meet the Hollywood stars’ three kids!
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