Ben Affleck Explains Why Jennifer Garner Wanted to Speak Publicly About Their Divorce

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Vanity Fair Oscars Party

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Ben Affleck wasn’t upset by Jennifer Garner‘s candid interview with Vanity Fair about the downfall of their relationship.

“She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with,” the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star explained in an interview with the New York Times, “so she could say, ‘Look, I already talked about it—I don’t want to do it again.”

“It’s fine,” he added. “She’s allowed to talk about it.”

Affleck, 43, has nothing but good things to say about Garner, also 43. “Jen’s great. She’s a great person,” he said. “We’re on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that’s the reality that I live in.”

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He also explained to the New York Times that he tried to avoid publicly talking about his family life for the sake of his three children with Garner and “because it ends up being in the record somewhere, in the great miasma of junk on the internet.”

That said, Affleck’s kids are well aware of what their dad does for a living. 4-year-old Samuel “knows that I am Batman,” Affleck said. “It’s a “It’s a mixed blessing. He also thinks that for some reason—I don’t know if it’s the color combination or whatever—that the FedEx guy is the Joker.”

“Whenever there’s a FedEx delivery, he’s like, ‘Dad, the Joker’s outside,'” he said. “The burden’s on me to go out there and give the guy an extra 20 bucks to pantomime a whole Adam West kung fu battle.”

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Ben Affleck, Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeZack Snyder/Warner Bros. Pictures/TM and DC Comics

As much as we’d like to see that, Affleck would rather us assess him for his Batman performance in the big screen. As he told the New York Times, he’s proud that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice outweighs “the other stuff, my personal life stuff.”

“The whole lesson of my career has been that what’s really important is the work you do,” he said. “Even in the tough spots, if your movies are good, people will see them. And if you’re not good, you can’t get away with it.

“Eventually it catches up with you,” he went on. “Both ways, good and bad.”

Affleck’s full interview is available on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25.

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