As the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is getting closer, actor Ben Affleck has had quite a lot to deal with in front of the media. While his casting as Batman didn't achieve unanimity, the public display of his personal life and relationship with his wife of 10 years, Jennifer Garner, was probably much harder to deal with.
After Garner talked to Vanity Fair about their divorce in what was deemed a "shocking" interview, Affleck spoke up for the first time in a portrait by the New York Times, dispelling any rumors that they were on bad terms.
'She's Allowed To Talk About It'
With Vanity Fair, Garner opened up quite frankly about the dissolution of her marriage with Affleck:
"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."
Her comments contributed to rumors that the couple were having difficulties maintaining a healthy relationship after their divorce, but Affleck insisted that he was fine with the interview:
"She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with, 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 Nanny Was 'Not A Part Of The Equation'
One tricky subject was the family's nanny, who Affleck was hooked up with, and the contribution of that event to the divorce. But even Garner admitted that while it wasn't great for the kids, it was certainly not among the reasons they broke up:
"Let me just tell you something. We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation."
The Family Is Sticking Together
All in all, both actors have confirmed that they wouldn't let their divorce affect their family life. On the Oscars weekend, they obliged to their son's wish for a superhero birthday party and Affleck obviously turned up as Batman, prompting Garner to call the party "the best dad moment in history."
Of all of Garner's comments, her commitment to her kids is ultimately what matters:
"The main thing is these kids - and we're completely in line with what we hope for them. [...] You should see their faces when he walks through the door. And if you see your kids love someone so purely and wholly, then you're going to be friends with that person."
This echoes what Affleck told the New York Times and should put everyone's worries to rest:
"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."