Fans were left disappointed when former flames Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their split in 2018. After meeting on the sets of a film project in 2000, the pair tied the knot in 2005, with their relationship eventually turning sour after 13 long years of being together. While there were many personal differences between the two, Garner holds the media partly responsible for her breakup with her former husband. During an appearance on PBS’ Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan, the starlet reflected upon how she and her family were constantly targeted and pestered by the press.
Garner weighed in on how her marriage with the Batman star was greatly impacted through the paparazzi culture. “For 10 years, there were at the very least six cars and often 20 outside of our house, and outside of school, and at the pediatrician’s. And you’re begging them, ‘Please step aside from the pediatrician’s door. I have a sick kid. Please,’” Garner said.
She continued, “Who cares about some dumb celebrity problem? Unless it’s your child going through it, it’s not worth anyone’s attention or bother. They were causing car accidents all the time. I’d go through a yellow light and there would be 15 cars that would go through the red light without compunction. Everywhere we went was just such a circus. I think there’s something about seeing yourselves reflected in news of some kind— and whether it’s true or not. If it’s true and you are starting to be serious with someone and [news reports] start saying, ‘Well, when are they gonna be engaged?’ It’s almost like you just want to get there so that you can complete that and just maybe [the attention] will die down for a second.” She then spoke about how once a story makes it to print, it’s a “done deal” irrespective of whether it is true or not. “The most powerful decision I have made for myself was to never ever put myself at risk of seeing my own image or a story about me, which is not easy. It means I cannot look at anything because CNN has celebrity stuff. I can’t have an Apple News feed, I can’t look at The Huffington Post…I just had to be completely disciplined about it and I am,” Garner concluded.