JEN’S SE­CRET NEW RO­MANCE

Fol­low­ing her tu­mul­tuous three-year di­vorce bat­tle with Af­fleck, Garner finds hap­pi­ness again with a sexy tech en­tre­pre­neur! Us goes in­side their pri­vate courtship

US Weekly - - INSIDE - By Jamie Blynn / With re­port­ing by Brody Brown, Jen Heger, Jen­nifer Peros & Carly Sloane

Garner finds hap­pi­ness with an en­tre­pre­neur af­ter her di­vorce from ex-hus­band Ben Af­fleck.

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 once noted. “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. Garner, 46, who fi­nal­ized her di­vorce from Ben Af­fleck in early Oc­to­ber af­ter he com­pleted re­hab, has been se­cretly dat­ing John Miller, the 40-yearold CEO of tech com­pany Cali Group, mul­ti­ple sources ex­clu­sively con­firm to Us. “They’ve been to­gether for six months,” re­veals an in­sider. “It’s get­ting se­ri­ous.” Pro­tec­tive par­ent Garner has even felt com­fort­able enough to in­tro­duce the Stan­ford Law alum to

her three kids, Vi­o­let, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Sa­muel, 6. 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 lives and are about the same age,” ex­plains a sec­ond in­sider close to Garner. “Jen’s very happy with where their re­la­tion­ship’s go­ing.”

HOW SHE MOVED ON

Af­ter her 2015 split from Af­fleck, Garner kept her fo­cus on her kids. “Jen was con­tent be­ing sin­gle,” a Garner con­fi­dant 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. She al­ways makes sure they come first.” That de­vo­tion to her fam­ily is ac­tu­ally what brought her and the owner of Cal­iBurger, a chain of ca­sual fast-food joints, to­gether. Both based in Pa­cific Pal­isades, Calif., Garner and Miller “met through her group of friends,” says the sec­ond in­sider. “It’s a nice change of pace that he’s not an

Garner Al­ways Found Love On Set Be­fore!

ac­tor or even well known.”

Garner was de­ter­mined to keep him — and the ro­mance — out of the spot­light. De­spite sev­eral vis­its to his Pasadena restau­rant — she’s come in with Miller 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,” notes the sec­ond in­sider. Miller

“has been trav­el­ing with Jen very, very dis­creetly,” an­other source tells Us, adding, “He’s to­tally into her.” The feel­ing is mu­tual, says the sec­ond in­sider: “They’re ex­clu­sive. She’s see­ing him and only him.”

For Miller, there’s just one small thing stand­ing in the way of his hap­pily ever af­ter with Garner: Tech­ni­cally, he’s a mar­ried man. While he and stun­ning con­cert vi­o­lin­ist Caro­line Camp­bell split in 2014 af­ter nine years of mar­riage, the par­ents of two aren’t yet of­fi­cially di­vorced. (Ac­cord­ing to a source, Miller and Camp­bell, who pre­vi­ously filed in 2011 be­fore rec­on­cil­ing in 2012, are wait­ing for a judge to sign off on the pa­per­work.) It’s a lengthy process Garner most cer­tainly un­der­stands. Though she an­nounced her split from three-time re­hab vet Af­fleck in 2015,

Garner wound up stalling the pro­ceed­ings. “She wanted to give Ben time to work on his health,” a Garner in­sider pre­vi­ously ex­plained. “She was will­ing to wait for him to prove he was tak­ing so­bri­ety se­ri­ously.” That proof came this fall when the Jus­tice League ac­tor com­pleted a 40-day in­pa­tient pro­gram for al­co­hol ad­dic­tion — and vowed to stay clean in an emo­tional Oct. 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.”

GARNER 2.0

Re­gard­less of her re­la­tion­ship sta­tus, Garner’s No. 1 pri­or­ity will al­ways be her fam­ily. “Jen’s free time is re­ally mom time,” re­veals the sec­ond in­sider. “She’s al­ways tak­ing the kids dif­fer­ent places and look­ing for fun things to do with them.” Mas­ter­ing co­par­ent­ing with Af­fleck has made that much eas­ier. “Ben will al­ways be sup­port­ive of any de­ci­sions she makes and ul­ti­mately just wants her to be happy,” says a pal of the ac­tor’s. For her part, Garner “has her frus­tra­tions,” says the sec­ond in­sider, “but she tries to let most things go. Jen and Ben are on the same page about giv­ing the kids the best life pos­si­ble.”

Still, af­ter back­ing away from the spot­light to fo­cus on par­ent­ing, the ac­tress has ea­gerly thrown herself back into act­ing this year, star­ring in Love, Si­mon; Pep­per­mint; and, most re­cently, Lena Dunham’s com­edy se­ries Camp­ing. “She’s been work­ing a lot,” says the sec­ond in­sider. “She’s very happy and in a good place. You rarely see her with­out a smile on her face.” Chalk it up to her un­wa­ver­ing pos­i­tiv­ity — and hot new ro­mance. “John is su­per smart and hard­work­ing,” says the source. “He’s not into fancy things, just his fam­ily and work.” Add a cer­tain gor­geous Hol­ly­wood star to that list. “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.”

Miller (on Feb. 20) is the au­thor of The Hand­book of Nan­otech­nol­ogy: Busi­ness, Pol­icy, and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Law.

Af­fleck (in 2017) and Garner are still “good friends,” says a source.

For Garner (with Vi­o­let, Seraphina and Sa­muel on Aug. 20), “it’s all about the kids be­ing healthy and happy,”says a source.

In early 2004, she ro­manced her fel­low Alias ac­tor Michael Var­tan. “There’s a rea­son it didn’t work,” he said cryp­ti­cally.“We just im­ploded,” she said of her four-year mar­riage to Felicity cos­tar Scott Fo­ley, from whom she split in 2003.Though they met dur­ing 2001’s Pearl Har­bor, Garner and Af­fleck didn’t be­gin dat­ing un­til 2004, af­ter costar­ring in Dare­devil.

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