Jennifer Garner has always been one of those low-key stars that try to stay out of the spotlight as much as possible. She’s also more likely to be seen in a pair of jeans than a ball gown. She’s a cool girl in Hollywood and has been one of the It Girls for a long time. Since her split with Ben Affleck, she has remained a devoted mom and that seems to be her focus for the time being. Divorce is always hard on children because they are complete innocents in the situation and no one likes to see their parents getting separated.
Garner has accomplished a lot in Hollywood over the years. We saw her as an awkward teen in Dude Where’s My Car and now she can pick to be in any movie that she wants. Her personal life got thrown in the spotlight when Affleck had an affair with their nanny and that has to be some of the worse news possible for any woman to hear especially when the whole world gets to hear about it as well. We definitely don’t envy her lack of privacy. It’s pretty obvious that the two are not getting back together. Garner is doing her own low-key thing while Affleck has already embarked on another relationship. It’s always interesting to see women flock to a man who has so obviously proven that he’s a bad husband. Check out these 25 photos of a single Jennifer Garner since splitting with Affleck.
25 She Makes Her Own Honey
How cool is that? Jennifer Garner is actually pretty active on social media for such a low-key girl. She has some pretty interesting videos that prove that she’s just not sitting at home crying in her pillow. Ben Affleck may have moved on, but Garner is taking it slow. She posted this photo on Instagram and thanked her bees for “getting busy.” She captioned the photo, “Thank you, bees, for getting busy. #honeyporn #nsfw #ohhhyeahhh #iwashedmyhandsfiftytimes #soyouthinkyoucanfarm And thank you @honeyloveorg for keeping our busy friends so happy.” Garner actually breaks apart the honeycomb herself and we get to see the honey slowly dripping from it. It’s pretty impressive that this girl is getting down and dirty with her honey. She has posted tons of funny videos and told ET’s Kevin Frazier,
"Everything is so fly by the seat of my pants.
I just say to my awesome buddy, partner-in-crime, assistant, social media guru, Mo, I just say, 'You know what would be funny? I want to do me cleaning out this bag,' and she'll be like, 'Ah, ok.' And then she does it."
Whatever she’s doing it works because we get to see a glimpse into Garner’s life that shows her happy and healthy.
24 Making A Comeback
She posed for Vanity Fair before she headed out to the 2018 Academy Awards this year and to say that she was a vision would be the understatement of the year. Jennifer Garner is still a gorgeous woman, nothing has changed and we have to say that blue is definitely her color. How can any other girl live up to this when she’s dating Ben? Affleck may have moved on, but Garner is more than happy to take things slow. She has no interest in getting into another relationship right away and we really don’t blame her. It’s been almost three years since their split and she has stated that she hasn’t “been on a date” and is “not interested in dating.” Being divorced is certainly not something that Garner wanted for herself or her children.
“I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids. I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It’s something that we are working through.”
She has helped Affleck through his struggles, even after they separated because “she wants Ben to be the best dad possible to their kids,” a source told PEOPLE.
23 She Tries To be the best mom she can be
If you have watched any of her videos on Instagram, then you know that Jennifer Garner likes to cook in her pyjamas. Before you get too excited, it’s nothing sexy, in fact, we usually see her in flannels. Her videos are always cute and entertaining, to say the least. She pretty much just performs her own amateur cooking show right before our eyes. She may have a lot of free time lately and she is making good use of it. We love the faux cooking shows she puts on and she clearly loves it too.
"I'm not an expert, but if you want to make your family happy over and over again, this is one recipe that if you get it down, you can do anything with it.
And it's by Ina. Love you, Ina!" At the time she was making honey white bread probably from honey from her own bees. She’s a big fan of making bread, especially “bread men.” "The thing I love about making bread men with half your dough is they are ready right away," explained Garner, who uses the other half for cinnamon bread. "And they remind me of my mom. And it doesn't matter that you don't know what you're doing. These could not be less perfect, but my kids will love them!"
22 She’s Spending Time With her Mom
She posted this photo with her mother on Mother’s Day and we can see that she is a healthy and happy woman. This is not someone who is worried about her future, she has moved on from the things that have happened to her and she’s happy. If Garner has ever appeared wholesome to you, it’s probably because she had a pretty conservative upbringing when she was growing up. The home that she grew up in was so strict that she once joked that it was “almost Amish.” She has no complaints, however, and she said that she grew up feeling loved and was happy that her parents raised her with morals and principles all within a loving environment. She’s liking been teaching her kids the same things because it’s pretty obvious that being a mother is a top priority for her. It’s obvious that she is close to her mother and family and that has probably helped her through bad times.
“My mom grew up in poverty in Oklahoma — like Dust Bowl, nine people in one room kind of place — and the way she got out of poverty was through education.
My dad grew up without a dad, with very little and he also made his way out through education.”
21 She’s Rocking The Single Life
She may not have wanted to be divorced, but now that she’s back in the single world she’s still managing to kill it both in her personal life and her career. She’s 46 years old now, but she is in no rush to get out there and date. Hopefully, Ben Affleck hasn’t scarred her for life. “I haven’t been on a date and I am not interested in dating. People want to set me up and I am just like, ‘No thank you!’” Jennifer told ET. This will, of course, be her second divorce and it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. You may remember that before Affleck, Garner was married to Scott Foley. The two met on the set of Felicity and they were married for three years. We still don’t know why that marriage ended because Garner likes to keep a lid on her private life.
“My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day.
When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother's voice and smile.”
20 She Loves to Help Her Friends Out
She posted this photo in support of her friend Reese Witherspoon’s clothing line, Draper James. She captioned the photo with, “I’m always available and happy to help my amazing #badass, #bosslady friend with designs for @draperjames” Those are also Jennifer Garner’s chickens that she takes care of. We love that there is one peeking out from the bag that she is carrying around. It’s a beautiful photo of the actress. For Garner, she looks amazing for her age and she attributes it to staying out of the sun.
“The one thing I really lucked out on is that all through my teenage years, when my sister was a lifeguard and everyone I knew was out in the sun all day — I was in the theater.
Everyone called me Casper because I never had a tan, and everyone else was tan all the time. I think that was the luckiest thing of my life.” She has definitely aged well and she has a lot of advice about it. When it comes to aging, none of us can avoid it. “I do think about aging. I have those moments of panic and vanity, but life keeps getting better, so you can't worry about it too much.”
19 She gives back
Jennifer Garner works with the program Save the Children in the U.S and it’s not surprising to see that she is really good with kids. She captioned this photo saying, “Hey, Mound Bayou, Mississippi: I love you, too.” Garner is actually a trustee for the program and often speaks on their behalf. She once spoke to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee about children in poverty. "Thank you, Chairman Cole, Ranking Member DeLauro and Members of the Subcommittee for inviting me to testify on the importance of early childhood education.
Poverty is silent. I mean that quite literally. If you had come along with me to a family I visited in the Central Valley of California, a while back, you’d know.
Their home had all the classic signifiers of poverty: trash in the yard, concrete walls, plastic sheets for windows. The right time of year, it might have had an oven door open for heat – or fly paper covered in flies. But that’s not what I notice first in homes like this, not anymore. Listen for the sound of adult conversation. There is none. Listen for the sound of children babbling, or laughing, or crying. It doesn’t exist. Poverty is silent.”
18 She's a kid at heart
It’s pretty clear by Jennifer Garner’s Instagram page that she’s pretty fun to be around. She likes to have fun and she’s hilarious. This was one of her Halloween costumes and she looks so cute. When it comes to the life that she leads she has said that she knows it’s cool despite the struggles she has had.
“I know I live a charmed, beautiful life and nobody wants to hear a celebrity whine. The last thing I want to do is complain; I love what I do and I know every job comes with a downside.”
She has said that if she was to do it all over again, she would probably marry Ben Affleck again. After all, he is the father of her children and that’s not something she would have wanted to miss out on. It’s kind of sad how nice she is about the whole thing. How she has stated that no one should be too hard on Affleck because everyone goes through difficulties. You can see that she is a very nurturing and maternal person. It’s really too bad that the two had to get a divorce.
17 She’s Beautiful Inside and Out
This is a gorgeous close-up from her Oscar night and we have to say, Ben must have been crazy to step out on a girl like this. The career that she has built over the years has provided her life with a lot of freedom. She is estimated to be worth over $40 million, never mind the settlement that she would have received from Ben Affleck after they divorced.
“I'm privileged because I have a lot of freedom. I want to use it to make as warm and normal a life as I can for our daughters.”
Many people believed that Affleck was the breadwinner in the family. Although Garner hasn’t done as many movies lately because she likes to be home with her kids, her movies over the years were always popular and made a lot of money. She definitely will never have to worry about her financial security or her children. “It's about getting the kids up and fed, getting one to school, getting the other down for a nap, going to the grocery store, picking one up from school, getting the other one down for another nap, and cooking dinner. I live my life at these two extremes. I'm either a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time actress.”
16 She Has Story Time With Her Dog
Not only is Jennifer Garner in a crazy outfit, but she has an enormous Golden Retriever on her lap. It’s all about story time for the dog and she reviews books on her Instagram page as well. The videos are hilarious and the dog is often dressed up in them as well. She captioned the video saying, “I love Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. These are the best read aloud books! If you love Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?).” She is obviously a pretty big fan of children’s books and her dog gets the benefit of hearing all about them. When she was a kid, Garner never worried about being the kid with the straight As.
“I rebelled by not getting straight As and not following the path that my elder sister did. She was valedictorian and is very exemplary in her way. I look a lot like her, so I just had to do the opposite.
Not that I got bad grades, but I was all about performance and just finding any way that I could to be involved in any kind of production.”
15 she wants to protect her children
Jennifer Garner, like so many other celebrities in Hollywood, is determined to protect her children from the paparazzi. She feels just as protective when it comes to other celebrity’s children. Garner loves her career, we know that much, but she doesn’t like it when the paparazzi are following every move their children make. She knows that she has to deal with them because of the life she has chosen, she just doesn’t want her children involved in it.
“No matter what, it is very tricky and difficult just to be a good parent at all. I have a lot of help. And for that, I'm very grateful.”
She feels so strongly about protecting her children that she helped get a bill passed in September 2013 which states that children should not be harassed by photographers when they are out walking around. It was definitely the right thing to do and we’re glad the children are being protected.
14 Alias was her big break
She posted this photo of herself getting ready for her birthday celebrations on Instagram and it’s a pretty fun shot. She made herself into a meme and captioned it with, “I’m having the best birthday and so much of it is because of all of you. Thank you for the birthday love!” Before she became the famous actress that we know, she was in some big films but only had a small role. You may remember her from the movie like Dude Where’s My Car? where she played alongside Ashton Kutcher. She played in a TV movie called Zoya based on a Danielle Steele book and even though it was a small role, she got some attention from it. Her big break came in a TV show called Alias and it was after that where we started to see her in movies. She was in big-budget films like Pearl Harbor and Catch Me If You Can, but she was not the big star in either of those movies. Daredevil was the movie where she met and supposedly fell in love with her future husband, Ben Affleck. She has come a long way since Dude Where’s My Car? and we love that she became an A-list actress.
13 Life well lived
Jennifer Garner is someone who has always believed in staying fit. It’s something that is pretty important for her career as well. Now that she has separated from Affleck, she has been spending a lot of time with her friends. Hiking is one activity that she likes to do when she’s hanging with her friends.
“Beauty comes from a life well lived. If you've lived well, your smile lines are in the right places, and your frown lines aren't too bad. What more do you need?”
She has joked around about the tiny belly she got after having her babies and although we think she looks great, she’s not one to worry about what she eats. “I wasn't a woman who stayed tiny like I thought I would. I definitely gave myself the freedom to eat what I wanted.” That’s so important when you are in an industry that focuses on how much you weigh. Healthy eating is also important to the actress, which is not surprising, but she believes in treating herself as well. “I try to eat in a way that makes me feel good. If that means a little bite of chocolate, I do that, but I try not to use food as a reward for myself.”
12 She Loves To Cook
We have already seen how she has her own fake cooking show through videos on Instagram, but she is serious about bringing healthy ingredients into her home and making awesome things with them. In this photo, she is literally making homemade tortilla chips. She captioned the photo, “Another hack for when you (me) are craving the crunch of blue corn tortilla chips...beet chips! Naturally sweet and completely addictive.” She says she's quite simple in the way she looks and lives her life because of the way her parents raised her.
“The wholesome is definitely intentional and drilled into me. I mean, we weren't allowed to pierce our ears growing up. We didn't wear makeup. We couldn't have layers in our hair, perms, or color, or manicures. My dad didn't think it was ladylike. My dad just felt like his daughters should be wholesome.”
We definitely get that vibe from her at times. Her parents may have been strict but they also allowed her to dream big. “I am lucky to have had an attentive, curious, and loving dad and heart-smart, down-to-Earth, gifted mother. They changed the outlooks of their own lives and have never forgotten the people and organizations that helped them dream bigger than their circumstances should have allowed.”
11 It’s hard work Being A Single Mom
This is a perfect picture to reflect a working, single mother. Sometimes, catching some sleep on the private plane is the only time one can get some rest. Joking aside, we know she is a hard worker and that she has to juggle wanting to be an actress with trying to give her children a good life as well. Garner has stated that she never thought she would become an actress. She's said that she thought she would be a doctor or a lawyer. Even when she did catch the acting bug, she still never expected to be on the big screen, she assumed she would be a stage actress and stay in the theatre.
“I always, always meant to be on stage. I only ended up even auditioning for television and movies because I was understudying a Turgenev play on Broadway and was so broke that, when I got a mini-series, I had to take it and was so ashamed because I was such a snob.”
It’s kind of funny how there is that perception about theatre actors and big screen actors. “I certainly never expected to be in front of a camera one day of my life.”
10 It’s All About the Kids
She was a chaperone for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Roar & Snore Safari. We are sure that it had to do with one of her children being part of the Girl Scouts. She posted this picture of her looking tired and captioned it, “Taking a Girl Scout to pee at 4am is love.” She has always tried to find the best balance possible between work and kids. “There's an internal battle. I need to work, I need to work, I need to work, and I need to be home with my kids and the kids win.” The actress has had to learn some hard lessons in life, especially when it comes to love.
“I thought the divorce statistics would never apply to me. I was beyond heartbroken when they did. But I got up and got on with it. I also kept my belief in marriage.”
It’s good to know that she isn’t jaded at all about finding the love of her life. By the sounds of it, she just looks at love a little differently. “I don't have this fantasy about marriage anymore. Everyone says it takes hard work. Well, it kind of does — and I'm much more pragmatic about romance than I used to be.”
9 She’s Staying Fit
Jennifer Garner is happy just getting into the gym twice a week. When she does, she tries to do a different type of exercise every time. She posted a video on Instagram that was all about the hard routine she does to get herself back in shape for a movie. She titled the video, “Recipe for Turning A Mom Back into Action Lady.”
“I just try work out at least twice a week if I can.”
This was no workout for the faint of heart. It was an hour-long workout with Body by Simone, plus 90 minutes of “stunt team,” 3 minutes of cryotherapy every day, and that didn’t include 50 cups of coffee that she needed to get through the whole thing. She encouraged her followers to try it out and captioned, “Good luck everybody!” We’re not sure why she started to get hard-core in her workouts, but it may have something to do with the movie Peppermint that she will be starting to film soon which has been described as “John Wick, with a female protagonist” by Deadline. It will definitely be fun to see Garner in a badass action movie again.
8 She’s Making Scarecrows
Jennifer Garner just might be the best parent in the world. How cute are these scarecrows she made of her kids? She posted this photo on Instagram of herself standing with three scarecrows that had the likeness of her three kids. She captioned the amazing pic: "To the crows: Boo!” The scarecrows were actually wearing some of her kid’s clothes including her son Samuel’s Batman sweatshirt. She has said that her pregnancies were not what she would have envisioned when it came to weight gain.
“I wish I was one of those cute pregnant girls who wear skinny jeans throughout their pregnancies. But I just gain weight.”
We hear you! She said she can still go back to her hometown and talk to people the same as she did growing up. “I'm still really close with everyone at home and their parents and their brothers and sisters. I was so, so, so lucky to grow up as part of a community and I don't take that for granted. I try very hard to stay part of it.” That says a lot about Garner’s character and the fact that she remembers where she came from.
7 She Walks Her Chickens
Well of course she does. We’re not sure what to make of this picture other than the fact that it’s hilarious. She has a big heart and she clearly loves the chickens that she owns. She captioned the photo,
“If there isn't a Chicken Lady Day, there really should be. Man, my life gets more exciting all the time. Meet one of our ladies, Regina George. Regina loves long walks, dehydrated bugs, and kale. Regina hates carbs.”
She named the chicken after Regina George, the character from the movie Mean Girls because this chicken is also a little mean. Maybe that’s why she has to be on a leash. At least she can protect her chickens from the paparazzi. “The last thing I want to do is complain; I love what I do, and I know every job comes with a downside. But boy, this one's a doozy. You pull out of your driveway and the paparazzi literally chase you, running red lights. I'm a really careful driver, especially with my kids in the car, but I worry they're going to cause an accident.” It’s pretty sad that the cameraman can’t be more careful when they are photographing a celebrity.
6 She Loves to Taste Test Her Food
She’s beautiful and she can cook, what more could a guy want? You may not be aware that Jennifer Garner once had a stalker. Anything like that can be really scary, especially if the stalker doesn’t have boundaries. There are plenty of unhinged people out there and sometimes, those situations can be very dangerous for celebrities. Stalkers will often figure out the whereabouts of their celebrities and have even gone to her home. Even when it came to her stalker, Garner never talked a whole lot about it in the media. At the time it was going on, though, the situation had been so extreme that Garner worried about her safety. She also had to worry about the safety of her family. But in 2009, Steve Burky was finally arrested and put in jail because he violated a restraining order that Garner had in place. It’s crazy to think that she had to put a restraining order on him and he still violated it. She must be very relieved to know that he’s in jail now and can’t hurt her. It’s just one of the downsides of being a famous superstar and celebrities really need to be careful.
5 She Attends Church
We already know that Jennifer Garner grew up in a strict household and her parents expected her to be wholesome. You may not be aware that Garner makes it a point to attend church when she can. She looks great in this photo and it just goes to show that she has moved on with her life and she is doing very well. She is wearing a simple outfit with a sweater and slacks. “But I'll never be one of those women who feel that they always have to wear earrings and aren't properly dressed without them.” She is an old-school girl with the same values. When it comes to dating, she has a hard time relating to what is considered to be dating etiquette these days.
“I want flowers; I don't want to text. What does that make me? What kind of dinosaur am I?”
Preach it, girl, because we know exactly what you are talking about. Dating has certainly taken a turn for the worse these days. She’s someone who has always worked to avoid the bad boys, but we don’t think she saw Affleck coming. “I never had a problem resisting somebody that I knew was going to break my heart.”
4 She’s Still Close to Ben’s Mom
Judging by this photo that was taken late last year, Jennifer Garner is still pretty close to Ben Affleck’s mother, Christopher Anne “Chris” Boldt. Who says you can’t be friends with your mother-in-law? Usually after a divorce, though relationships can be strained or even non-existent. But that’s clearly not the case here. There are grandchildren involved and Ben and Jen were together for ten years before they split. It must have been so disappointing for Ben’s parents to see what their son did to a perfectly good marriage. Garner and Boldt were seen laughing and hugging and Garner even gave her mother-in-law her sunglasses to shield the sun from her eyes. She has been very private about her divorce and made that clear in a Facebook post, “It has been brought to my attention that there is a People magazine cover and article out today that appear to be coming from me," Garner wrote.
"It isn't unusual for me to receive calls from loved ones thinking I forgot to tell them I am pregnant — with twins — but those are so ridiculous they're easy to ignore.
This isn't a tragedy by any measure, but it does affect me and my family and so, before my mom's garden club lights up her phone, I wanted to set the record straight: I did not pose for this cover. I did not participate in or authorize this article. While we are here, for what it's worth: I have three wonderful kids and my family is complete."
3 She Is Always Smiling
She has clearly moved on from her divorce and even if she’s not dating, she’s still not letting the whole think bum her out. She’s often seen photographed laughing with friends and that’s a really good thing. When it comes to parenting though, it has been said that Garner is the strict one. That’s not really surprising since it appears that Affleck hasn’t really grown up himself. Affleck is the fun parent and that kind of personality may even be the type of character flaw that influenced his bad habits. Garner is the one that ensures that the homework is completed and that they have eaten all of their dinner. She doesn’t seem to mind that she is the one in this role, but we’re betting that she wished that Ben stepped up a little more instead of spending so much time with the nanny. It’s hard for women to juggle being a mother and to have a career. It’s definitely a world that is a lot easier on men.
“I really thought when I was pregnant with my first that it wouldn't affect my work at all; it would just be a baby that grows up on set. And I was absolutely wrong.
For women, the high point of their career and needing to have babies just don't really go together.”
2 She’s On Good Terms With Ben
One thing that Jennifer Garner has been adamant about is the fact that she’s going to do whatever is in her children’s best interest. That means not fighting with their father all the time. In April she took her kids to Hawaii to visit their father which must have been a big step for the actress. Garner was staying at a resort at the time while her children had their visit with their dad. Many people wondered if the two might be thinking about getting back together, but that’s unlikely considering his girlfriend Lindsay was also in Hawaii with him. Affleck is there right now shooting his next movie Triple Frontier and he has been seen spotted with his girlfriend from time to time. They seem to be enjoying themselves, but a source told People magazine that they are taking things slow.
Ben is “not rushing anything,” but the two “enjoy each other’s company” and “are in a committed relationship.”
It must be difficult for Jennifer to see them together but she’s likely having her own fun and avoiding the two of them while she was there. Garner is a pretty great catch and she’s likely to be in her own relationship sooner rather than later.
1 She’s Taking Everything A Day At A Time
She’s having the time of her life these days and it really does look like Garner is doing okay post-divorce. She is looking out for her children and working on her career and that seems to still be going well for her. She loves to speak about her politics and when it came to all the allegations, she was glad that it was an issue that was coming to a head.
“Things have to come out in the open in order to be dealt with, and this is definitely one of those times. It’s messy, it’s not pretty, but a wound when it’s healing is a horrible thing to look at and to be around. That is where we are. There are a lot of really smart people asking tough questions, and I feel excited to see what the outcome will be.”
Her ex-husband was even accused of groping One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton during an interview. He apologized for it and stated that he really meant no harm. “I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologize for it,” Affleck said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up. It’s just the kind of thing we have to — as men, I think, as we become more aware of this — be really, really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable. And say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change and be part of the solution.’”