JEN BREAKS DOWN IN PUB­LIC

The di­vorce is back on! Jen­nifer Gar­ner can’t hide her pain dur­ing a heated con­ver­sa­tion with Ben Af­fleck

In Touch (USA) - - Split News -

In a show of fam­ily unity, Ben Af­fleck and Jen­nifer Gar­ner drove to­gether to drop off their three chil­dren at school. But af­ter Vi­o­let, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, were safely in their class­rooms, things took an emo­tional turn for the for­mer cou­ple. “Ben and Jen started talk­ing in the car. There was a lot of ges­tur­ing, and it seemed in­tense,” a wit­ness to the Sept. 20 scene tells In Touch. “Jen looked re­ally up­set, like she was cry­ing.” As their dra­matic con­ver­sa­tion es­ca­lated, adds the wit­ness, “Ben seemed both de­tached and, at other times, like he was reach­ing out to her.”

Her tears aren’t sur­pris­ing. Days ear­lier, Ben told Jen, who has yet to pull the trigger on their 11-year mar­riage and file for di­vorce, that he is fi­nally ready to end things, an in­sider ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “The di­vorce is mov­ing for­ward — their busi­ness man­agers are hash­ing out their fi­nances right now — and Ben wants to get on with his life,” says the in­sider. “Jen started cry­ing when Ben told her. She’s wor­ried about how this is go­ing to im­pact the kids.”

Ben and Jen, both 44, have been liv­ing to­gether in the fam­ily home since they an­nounced their split. But now Ben has told her he’s leav­ing. “He ini­tially didn’t want to move out be­cause he was afraid he wouldn’t have ac­cess to the kids if he no longer lived there,” ex­plains the in­sider. “He feared Jen wouldn’t let them visit him at his own place. She still has con­cerns about the life­style choices that Ben makes, and it’s no secret that he’s been drink­ing again. Their setup was ideal, but Ben’s had enough.”

Jen asked him to at least look for a house in the same neigh­bor­hood. “But Ben isn’t be­ing re­cep­tive — he feels Jen is try­ing to con­trol him,” says the in­sider, adding that Ben’s made it clear that he ex­pects to be able to have cus­tody half of the time. “That’s just rip­ping her heart out,” adds the in­sider. “She feels like he’s try­ing to pun­ish her.”

But the di­vorce is what she orig­i­nally wanted. They an­nounced their breakup in June 2015 fol­low­ing a decade of mar­riage and just be­fore his re­la­tion­ship scandal with the fam­ily’s nanny was ex­posed. “Ben tried [for months] to get Jen to change her mind and give him an­other chance, but she re­fused,” says the in­sider. “Now the fi­nal­ity of the de­ci­sion to di­vorce is hit­ting her hard. It’s way too late to save the re­la­tion­ship. It’s an in­cred­i­bly sad time for the fam­ily.” ◼

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