Jennifer Garner 'Not Interested in Dating' After Split: 'I Would Not Have Chosen This Life'
"I would not choose to be single or be in this position," says Jennifer Garner, who separated from Ben Affleck two years ago
Garner, who was married to the Justice League star for 10 years before they separated in June 2015, told reporters that since their split, she hasn’t “been on a date” and is “not interested in dating,” according to News.com.au.
She added, “People want to set me up and I am just like, ‘No thank you!’ ”
The actress, 45, who has three kids with Affleck — Violet, 12, Seraphina, 8 and Samuel, 5 — said of her life after the separation, “I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids. I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It’s something that we are working through.”
Garner and Affleck filed for divorce this April, but have stayed close, with Garner even helping her ex with his struggles with alcohol addiction: “She wants Ben to be the best dad possible to their kids,” a source tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new issue.
Garner, who’s promoting her new movie The Tribes of Palos Verdes, also spoke about the sexual misconduct scandals rocking Hollywood. “We can’t lump all men into [the same category],” she said. “We can’t just assume that every man has done something awful or that every man is guilty; due process is important and has to take place.”
Her estranged husband has also found himself the target of sexual misconduct allegations. Last month, One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton claimed Affleck groped her when she was a host of MTV’s TRL.
“I don’t remember it but I absolutely apologize for it,” Affleck said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Nov. 16. “I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up. It’s just the kind of thing we have to — as men, I think, as we become more aware of this — be really, really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable. And say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change and be part of the solution.’ ”
Speaking about the scandal at large, Garner said, “Things have to come out in the open in order to be dealt with, and this is definitely one of those times. It’s messy, it’s not pretty, but a wound when it’s healing is a horrible thing to look at and to be around.
“That is where we are. There are a lot of really smart people asking tough questions, and I feel excited to see what the outcome will be.”