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
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.”
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.