Jen’s Sur­prise Preg­nancy

Jen­nifer Gar­ner gets bomb­shell news just as she’s de­cid­ing the fu­ture of her mar­riage

In Touch (USA) - - Baby Bews -

Ben Af­fleck had ev­ery­thing he wanted as he turned 44 on Aug. 15. His kids — Vi­o­let, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Sa­muel, 4 — and their mom, Jen­nifer Gar­ner, were all by his side for a week­long fam­ily va­ca­tion at their condo at the Yel­low­stone Club in Big Sky, Mont., where they en­joyed cake, hik­ing and plenty of play­time.

But Ben’s birth­day wasn’t the only thing they were cel­e­brat­ing. Nearly 14 months af­ter Jen, 44, and Ben con­firmed plans to end their decade­long mar­riage, “Jen is telling her in­ner cir­cle she’s hav­ing a baby, and that she’s happy about it but be­ing cau­tious about re­unit­ing with Ben,” an in­sider ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “Ben is hop­ing an­other child will bring them back to­gether as a fam­ily.”

A fam­ily trip to Europe last spring had some un­in­tended con­se­quences. “Jen and Ben con­ceived the baby while he was work­ing on Jus­tice League in London,” ex­plains the in­sider. (A rep de­nies Jen is preg- nant.) “He and Jen had be­gun spend­ing more time to­gether ro­man­ti­cally and Jen re­al­ized there was still a lot of love be­tween the two of them.” Ben was also lay­ing it on thick: “He knows how to turn on the charm, and Jen fell for it as they were away from the re­minders of why their mar­riage broke down in Cal­i­for­nia.”

Jen was stunned to find out she’s preg­nant. “She wasn’t plan­ning on hav­ing an­other baby, es­pe­cially since her re­la­tion­ship with Ben was essen­tially on ice,” says the in­sider. Ben was shocked too — and thrilled. “He’s over the moon that Jen is preg­nant again be­cause in the past, they’ve been the clos­est af­ter the birth of their chil­dren.”

The cou­ple have yet to file for di­vorce. Ben agreed to go to cou­ples ther­apy with her in 2015 fol­low­ing an al­leged dal­liance with their fam­ily nanny in the sum­mer of that year. Now it’s do-or­die time for the Bat­man v Su­per­man star. “Ben wants Jen to com­mit to put­ting the re­la­tion­ship back on track and to call off the di­vorce — it’s im­por­tant to him that their chil­dren be raised in a fam­ily with two lov­ing par­ents who aren’t di­vorced. But she isn’t ready to do that just yet,” says the in­sider. “She just wants to see if Ben is able to keep his prom­ises.” ◼

Ben has been re­lent­less in pur­su­ing Jen­nifer”

— AN IN­SIDER

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