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Ben Affleck Felt 'Trapped' in Marriage with Jennifer Garner — Now He Is Trying to Start His New Life with J Lo

Oyin Balogun
Apr 07, 2022
07:15 A.M.
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were among the most famous celebrity couples of the early 2000s, but Affleck claims the union felt like a trap, and he is ready for a new chapter with a former flame.


Ben Affleck is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's golden boys. The 49-year-old actor has featured in a series of elite movies, making him one of the highest-paid actors. 

Affleck's list of high-profile movies includes "Good Will Hunting," "Argo," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Armageddon," "Shakespeare in Love," and the acclaimed 2007 film "Gone Baby Gone."

[Left]Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner at an event. [Right] A picture of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. | Photo: Getty Images



Since becoming a movie star, Affleck has been linked to big names in Hollywood, as he dated some of the most beautiful ladies to grace the big screen.

Affleck got close to celebs that include Cheyenne Rothman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lindsay Shookus, Shauna Sexton, Ana de Armas, and Jennifer Lopez. 

Affleck's romance with the "Hustlers" actress Jennifer Lopez became a high-profile relationship, and their union received comprehensive media coverage under the nickname "Bennifer." 

Ben Affleck at the premiere of "The Accountant" at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 10, 2016. | Source: Getty Images


The duo met in 2002 after co-starring in "Gigli" together. Things looked strong between the pair, with their engagement being one of the most significant events of the early 2000s.

Affleck and Lopez were meant to tie the knot in Santa Barbara in 2003 but shifted things due to excessive media attention.

The lovebirds later revealed that they had broken things off for good in 2004. Both stars went on to find love and score more prominent career roles, but Affleck's next relationship saw him walk down the aisle.

Ben Affleck attends the Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes handprint and footprint ceremony held at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 14, 2019. | Source: Getty Images



Affleck's next romance was with actress Jennifer Garner. The couple met on the set of 2001's "Pearl Harbor" and co-starred in the 2003 smash hit "Daredevil."

Affleck and Garner got married in June 2005 and began a family. The couple share three children — Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel. However, fans were shocked when rumors emerged that all was not well.

The movie stars announced their split a day after their 10th wedding anniversary. They finalized their divorce in 2018. Reports emerged that the couple had drifted apart for several years and attempted therapy to save their marriage.


Years after their divorce, Affleck opened up about life with Garner. During an interview with Howard Stern. The "Good Will Hunting" actor confessed that he felt trapped while married to the "Alias" actress.

Affleck also added that he felt confused about ending his marriage to Garner but did not want to hurt their children and felt powerless. The actor insisted his confusion drove him into dark periods of his life.

Sources close to Garner claimed the actress was unmoved by Affleck's comment and was focused on co-parenting their children with him. The former couple reportedly shares a healthy co-parenting relationship.



Affleck and Lopez rekindled their old flame last year shortly after her breakup for longtime fiance Alex Rodriguez. Reports state that Affleck began sending letters to the singer while she was shooting her movie, "Shotgun Wedding."

The couple has gotten back together and reportedly acquired a mansion, showing how serious things are between them. In addition, there are whispers that the couple might resume their old marriage plans.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck pictured at the premiere of Revolution Studios' and Columbia Pictures' film "Gigli." 2003, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Lopez recently confessed that she never foresaw her renewed romance with Affleck, who recently changed his life. However, the couple could have big surprises for their fans in the months to come.