Ben Affleck on How He Found Out About Jennifer Garner's 'Vanity Fair' Profile

"It's fine. She's allowed to talk about it."

Ben Affleck on How He Found Out About Jennifer Garner's 'Vanity Fair' Profile
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Three weeks ago, Jennifer Garner broke her silence on her divorce from Ben Affleck with a full 'Vanity Fair' cover story devoted to their breakup. Jen talked very candidly about Nannygate, her heartbreak, and her feelings for Ben now. ("He's the love of my life," she said at one point. "I always say, 'When his sun shines on you, you feel it.' But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it's cold. He can cast quite a shadow.")

The New York Times interviewed Ben the day after the Vanity Fair piece dropped and while he wasn't keen about talking about his private life—"because it ends up being in the record somewhere, in the great miasma of junk on the Internet"—he did admit he knew about the piece before it was published. 

"[Jen] felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with," Ben explained, "so she could say, 'Look, I already talked about it—I don't want to do it again.' It's fine. She's allowed to talk about it."

The pair really are, as Jennifer told Vanity Fair herself, doing fine (Ben-lending-Jen-his-sweater fine). When asked by the reporter if Jennifer speaking out about their split made it impossible for him to maintain his silence, he responded with a compliment to his ex-wife: "Jen's great. She's a great person. We're on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that's the reality that I live in."

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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.