Things go south for the separated pair after a very bitter public bust-up
What was supposed to be a sweet day out with their girls Violet and Seraphina, grabbing a treat at Rori’s Artisanal Creamery in Santa Monica on October 12, soon turned into a war of words between exes Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
Uh-huh, onlookers say it wasn’t just the ice-cream that was chilly during the outing, with the actress looking “noticeably frosty” as Ben tried to plant a peck on her head before he left with Violet in tow.
So what’s going on with these usually friendly exes? Well, sources say that any civility Jen, 45, had been maintaining with Ben – who she split from in 2015 after 10 years of marriage – has gone out the window now that she and the kids have been dragged into his latest scandal.
Indeed, just hours after the star condemned disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein for sexually assaulting countless actresses, two women came forward claiming that Ben, 45, had sexually harassed them (see breakout, right).
“[Jen] is very annoyed because it just means more attention on her and the kids as a result of Ben’s actions,” a source tells E! News. “She tries to shield them from any and all publicity and scrutiny [so] she’s been pretty frustrated with [Ben]”.
It’s certainly not the first time Jen’s had to deal with the consequences of Ben’s actions – nor is it the first time she’s had to try explaining them to Violet, 11, Sera, eight and Samuel, five.
After weathering claims Ben had been having an affair with the family’s nanny Christine Ouzounian in 2015 – which led to their separation – Jen revealed, “I have had to have conversations about the meaning of ‘scandal’.”
However, a string of new shock claims isn’t the only thing that’s getting to the actress – Ben’s new missus Lindsay Shookus also has her all, er, shook up.
“Jen is furious with Ben because he’s been spending all his time with Lindsay,” an insider tells NW.
In fact, she’s so angry she’s put her foot down and hashed out a new parenting plan that Ben must abide by if he wants to continue seeing his kids.
“The deal is that only one or two of them will stay with Ben at a time, so he’ll be less overwhelmed,” continues NW’S source, which explains why the actor headed home with just Violet after the disastrous dessert date, while Seraphina stuck by her mum.
“Jen will keep Violet and Seraphina while Samuel spends a weekend with Ben, and they’ll do the reverse the next weekend,” the source adds.
Jen’s also said to have demanded that Lindsay, 37, keep her distance when Ben’s on daddy duty.
“She really cracked the whip – and he caved right in!” dishes the source, who suggests it’s because Ben’s feeling guilty about the lack of quality time he’s had with his kids lately.
And while the actor once insisted he and Jen “try our best” when it comes to co-parenting, pals don’t believe this will be the case after their bitter bust-ups.
Especially if Ben, who’s said to be still struggling with his addiction issues and was spotted visiting the Rehab Recovery Center in LA on October 18, ends up allowing Lindsay to play step-mum one day.
Now that’ll really send the ice-cream cones flying! n
Jen’s new parenting plan involves splitting up the kids during visits with their dad, spills the insider Angry Jen dismisses Ben’s affection at Rori’s Artisanal Creamery in LA on October 12
Jen says goodbye to Violet, before she spends the e weekend with her dad
‘Ben’s agreed to keep Lindsay out of the picture for now,’ dishes the source
Violet and Ben leave Jen and Seraphina behind