Siz­zling ro­mance

Jen’s in love with a fast-food king

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Contents -

Af­ter 13 years of mar­riage, three kids and a drawn-out di­vorce, Jen­nifer Garner wasn’t look­ing to start dat­ing again. In her eyes, ro­mance had sim­ply lost its charm. “Men don’t call any more,” she once noted. “I want flow­ers. I don’t want to text. What does that make me? What kind of di­nosaur am I?”

It turns out her be­lief in love is far from ex­tinct! Jen­nifer, 46, who fi­nalised her di­vorce from Ben Af­fleck in early Oc­to­ber, has been se­cretly dat­ing John Miller, a 40-yearold CEO. “They’ve been to­gether for six months,” an in­sider re­veals to

Woman’sDay. “It’s get­ting se­ri­ous.” Pro­tec­tive par­ent Jen­nifer has even felt com­fort­able enough to in­tro­duce John to her three kids, Vi­o­let, 12, Seraphina, nine, and Sa­muel, six. And al­though John – who has a 12-year-old son and a 10-year-old daugh­ter from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship – isn’t part of the celebrity world, “they’re at sim­i­lar places in their lives and are about the same age”, ex­plains a source close to the Alias star. “Jen’s very happy with where their re­la­tion­ship’s go­ing.”

Af­ter her 2015 split from Ben, 46, Jen­nifer kept her fo­cus on her kids. “She al­ways makes sure they come first,” a friend of the ac­tress said at the time. It was this de­vo­tion to her fam­ily that brought Jen­nifer and John, the owner of fast-food chain Cal­iBurger, to­gether. They “met through her group of friends”, re­ports our source, adding, “It’s a nice change of pace that he’s not an ac­tor or even well known.”

Jen­nifer has been de­ter­mined to keep her ro­mance with John out of the spot­light. De­spite sev­eral vis­its

to one of his res­tau­rants, the Golden Globe win­ner “wants to keep their re­la­tion­ship low-key and pri­vate while she gets to know him”, notes our source.

“John’s been very dis­creet,” the in­sider tells us, adding, “He’s to­tally into her.”

And the feel­ing is mu­tual. “They’re ex­clu­sive. She’s see­ing him and only him,” our source con­firms.

Onelit­tle­hitch

For John, there’s just one small thing stand­ing in the way of his happy-ever-af­ter with Jen­nifer. Tech­ni­cally, he’s a mar­ried man. While he and con­cert vi­olin­ist Caro­line Camp­bell split in 2014 af­ter nine years of mar­riage, the par­ents-of-two aren’t yet of­fi­cially di­vorced.

It’s a lengthy process that Jen­nifer most cer­tainly un­der­stands – al­though she an­nounced her split from Ben in 2015, she waited un­til the Jus­ticeLeague ac­tor had com­pleted mpleted a 40-day in­pa­tient pro­gramme for al­co­hol ad­dic­tion be­fore fi­nally sign­ing their di­vorce pa­pers a month ago.

“Jen’s hope­ful Ben will con­tinue work­ing on him­self and be the best dad he can be to their kids,” says our in­sider. “She’s now ready for the next phase of her life.”

Yet re­gard­less of her re­la­tion­ship sta­tus, Jen­nifer’s top pri­or­ity y will al­ways y be

her fam­ily and co-par­ent­ing with Ben is so much eas­ier.

“They’re on the same page about giv­ing the kids the best life pos­si­ble,” re­ports the source.

Still, af­ter back­ing away from the spot­light, the ac­tress has ea­gerly thrown her­self into act­ing again this year, star­ring in Love,Si­mon,

Pep­per­mint and, most re­cently, Lena Dun­ham’s new com­edy se­ries Camp­ing.

“She’s very happy and in a good place,” says our source. “You rarely see her with­out a smile on her face.” Chalk it up to her un­wa­ver­ing pos­i­tiv­ity – and her hot new ro­mance.

“John is su­per-smart and hard­work­ing,” tells the source. “He’s not into fancy things, just his fam­ily and work. He’s the hap­pi­est he’s prob­a­bly ever been. Their re­la­tion­ship is lov­ing g and healthy.”

Jen and her new man John (right) are both fam­ily-fo­cused and she has even in­tro­duced him to her kids (left) Seraphina and Sa­muel.

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