As much as Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck care about their successful movie careers, their three kids will always be their No. 1 priority. This certainly hasn’t changed as the 13 Going on 30 actress and the Batman star went from a married couple to amicable coparents when they 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 2015. Fortunately, they were on the same page about focusing on being the best mom and dad to their children.
Since they split, the Alias alum and the Good Will Hunting actor have become the perfect example of coparents. “They’re both amazing [and] hands-on,” an insider told Closer Weekly in February. “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,” Ben 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.”
The Gone Girl star — who is now dating new girlfriend Ana De Armas — explained why he has no qualms about his relationship with his former wife of 10 years. “Somebody’s the mother of your kids, they’re going to be the most important, central part of your life, and that’s good,” he said. Ben noted he tries “very hard” to be a “pretty good dad” to his children.
“Dads are so important to kids, and it’s our responsibility to be there for them, and to be present, to be mindful, to be attentive, to be part of their lives, to be as in it as moms. That’s really the central preoccupation in my life,” he sweetly continued. “It’s what makes me happy and the rest of the stuff kind of follows.”
Violet, Seraphina and Samuel are so lucky to have Ben and Jen as their parents.
Scroll through the gallery below to meet the Hollywood stars’ three kids!
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