Jennifer Lopez supports Ben Affleck amid Jennifer Garner comments



Jennifer Lopez is sticking by Ben Affleck’s side.

The singer denies earlier reports that she was mad at Affleck for the comments he made about ex-wife Jennifer Garner during his wide-ranging Howard Stern interview.

“This story is simply not true,” Lopez, 52, told People in a statement. “It is not how I feel.”

She added, “I couldn’t have more respect for Ben as a father, a co-parent, and a person.”

The comments in question include Affleck claiming he felt “trapped” in his marriage to Garner. The two finalized their divorce in 2018 and share three children: Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9.

“Part of why I started drinking was because I was trapped. I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’” Affleck, 49, told Stern, 67.

“And what I did was [I] drank a bottle of scotch and fell asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.”

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Lopez was all smiles while accompanying Affleck to his “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” interview earlier this week.
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Affleck clarified his comments – and spoke out about the backlash he received – during a televised interview with Jimmy Kimmel days later.

“We talked a lot about my family, divorce and alcoholism … and how you have to be accountable and loving. I was really happy with [the interview],” he explained. “Then I start seeing all this stuff come up on Twitter. And I was like, what is this?”

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Affleck and Garner were married from 2005 to 2018.
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Affleck told Kimmel, 54, that one of the stories he read claimed he “blamed” Garner, 49, “for my alcoholism, that I was trapped in this marriage.”

“It just made me out to be the worst, most insensitive, stupid, awful guy. That’s not true,” he stated. “I don’t believe that — it’s the exact opposite of who I am, what I believe, and I would never want my kids to ever say a bad word about their mom.”

“It hurts my feelings, man,” he added, calling the backlash “inappropriate.”


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