The Paparazzi Are Seriously Affecting Jennifer Garner's Children, and It's So Not Okay

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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck spend a lot of time in the spotlight at the best of times, but media scrutiny is at an all-time high thanks to their divorce (AKA the worst of times/the end of times, depending on how dramatic you're feeling).

It's one thing for Jen and Ben to deal with hoards of paparazzi following their every move, but the attention is having a serious impact on their kids—specifically their four-year-old son, Samuel.

"Of all my kids, he hates them the most," Garner said on The Dr. Oz Show. "He hates them. [He says] 'I don't like that. There are two things I don't like, Mom. I don't like cameras, I don't like men with cameras and I don't like being laughed at. I don't like if I feel like you're laughing at me.'"

Well, this is highly upsetting news. Fortunately, Garner—who had a hand in passing legislation that protects children from paparazzi—is a great mom: "I say, 'I can control not laughing at you'—although he is so funny—'But we have to talk about the fact they can't hurt you. They can't touch you. They're far away. We can't make them go away. We just have to live our lives, son, and do the best we can."

At the end of the day, the reality is Garner's children will likely spend the majority of their childhood in the public eye. But as she says, "You know what? That is just something he's gonna have to grow up with, because if we move to Timbuktu, some fool in Timbuktu's gonna buy a camera and follow us around."

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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.