The man be­hind Jen­nifer Garner’s mil­lion-dol­lar smile

THE MAN BE­HIND HER MIL­LION-DOL­LAR SMILE IS FI­NALLY RE­VEALED, AS SHE CLOSES THE CHAP­TER ON HER TROU­BLED EX-HUS­BAND

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Af­ter 10 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 any­more,’ she ad­mit­ted. ‘I want flow­ers. I don’t want to text. What does that make me? What kind of di­nosaur am I?’

Turns out her be­lief in love is far from ex­tinct. The 46-year-old, who fi­nalised her di­vorce from Ben Af­fleck in early Oc­to­ber, has been se­cretly dat­ing John Miller – the 40-year-old CEO of tech com­pany Cali Group – mul­ti­ple sources can con­firm. ‘They’ve been to­gether for six months,’ an in­sider can re­veal. ‘It’s get­ting se­ri­ous.’

Pro­tec­tive par­ent Jen has even felt com­fort­able enough to in­tro­duce the Stan­ford Law alum to her three kids, Vi­o­let, 12, Seraphina, nine, and Sa­muel, six. Though Miller – 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 same age,’ ex­plains a sec­ond in­sider close to the ac­tress, who adds, ‘Jen’s very happy with where their re­la­tion­ship’s go­ing.’ Af­ter her 2015 split from Ben, she kept her fo­cus on her kids. ‘Jen was con­tent be­ing sin­gle,’ a friend said at the time. ‘When she meets the right some­one, she’ll start dat­ing again. Un­til then, she’s just fine be­ing with the kids.’ That de­vo­tion to her fam­ily is ac­tu­ally what brought her and the owner of fast-food chain Cal­iburger to­gether. Both based in Pa­cific Pal­isades, Cal­i­for­nia, Jen and John ‘met through her group of friends,’ says the sec­ond in­sider. ‘It’s a nice change of pace that he’s not an ac­tor or even well known.’ Jen was de­ter­mined to keep him – and the ro­mance – out of the spot­light. De­spite sev­eral vis­its to his Pasadena restau­rant (she’s come in with John and solo, ac­cord­ing to an em­ployee) the Golden Globe win­ner ‘wants to keep their re­la­tion­ship low-key and pri­vate while she gets to know him’. He ‘has been trav­el­ling with Jen very, very dis­creetly,’ an­other source spills, adding, ‘He’s to­tally into her.’ And the feel­ing is mu­tual, says the sec­ond in­sider. ‘They’re ex­clu­sive. She’s see­ing him and only him.’ For John, there’s just one small thing stand­ing in the way of his hap­pily ever af­ter with Jen – 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 of­fi­cially di­vorced yet. Com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters fur­ther for the ac­tress – whose friends fear she’s fallen for the wrong guy again – Caro­line de­scribed him in court pa­pers in very un­flat­ter­ing terms. She la­belled John an ar­gu­men­ta­tive man, who ‘feels sat­is­fac­tion from con­trol­ling me’. She also said that he’d be­come ac­cus­tomed to ‘hav­ing his de­ci­sions car­ried out with­out ques­tion or com­pro­mise.’ She some­times agreed to go along with him, she added, ‘rather than risk

John’s anger’. How­ever, a friend of the for­mer cou­ple says that since the pa­pers were filed in 2016, he has ‘be­come much more will­ing to com­pro­mise,’ and that ‘there’s no bad blood now.’

Jen her­self is fa­mil­iar with di­vorce court. Af­ter she an­nounced her split from Ben – who’s vis­ited re­hab three times – she wound up stalling the pro­ceed­ings. ‘She wanted to give Ben time to work on his health,’ an in­sider pre­vi­ously said. ‘She was will­ing to wait for him to prove he was tak­ing so­bri­ety se­ri­ously.’

That proof came last month when the Jus­tice League ac­tor com­pleted a 40-day in­pa­tient pro­gram for al­co­hol ad­dic­tion – and vowed to stay clean in an emo­tional Oc­to­ber 4 In­sta­gram post. ‘Jen’s hope­ful Ben will con­tinue work­ing on him­self and be the best dad he can be to their kids,’ says the first in­sider. ‘She’s now ready for the next phase of her life.’

Fi­nally, Jen­nifer’s found her hap­pily ever af­ter. ‘She’s very happy and in a good place. You rarely see her with­out a smile on her face,’ says the sec­ond in­sider. Chalk it up to her un­wa­ver­ing pos­i­tiv­ity – and hot new ro­mance. ‘John is su­per smart and hard­work­ing. He’s not into fancy things, just his fam­ily and work,’ And ‘Jen has brought out the best in John,’ raves the source. ‘He’s the hap­pi­est he’s prob­a­bly ever been. Their re­la­tion­ship is lov­ing and healthy.’

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